Cost of living outpaces a rising minimum wage

Minimum wage has been rising in Colorado since 2017, but the increases have not kept pace with the cost of living in La Plata County. The state minimum wage was $8.31 in 2016, and it is scheduled...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man’s lawsuit against city dismissed

A Durango man’s lawsuit against the city of Durango alleging the city turned off his water without proper notice, which ultimately resulted in two water pumps being destroyed, was dismissed Monday....

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College grants help students make ends meet

In an effort to reduce accumulated fees and unexpected costs from blocking students continued pursuits of their studies, Fort Lewis College has introduced the Skyhawk Persistence Grant....

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County planning director resigns amid rewrite of land-use code

La Plata County Planning Director Jason Meininger, who was leading the county’s contentious land-use code revision, has announced he will resign. When contacted Monday afternoon, Meininger said he...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

LPEA responds to two power outages Sunday

La Plata Electric Association dealt with two power outages Sunday: one east of Durango and another near Vallecito. About 5:20 a.m. Sunday, LPEA reported more than 215 members were without power...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowdown brings winter fun, increased crime to Durango

Durango’s Snowdown was originally conceived in 1979 to bring something fun and festive to Colorado’s long winter, and while the annual event still fulfills that mission, it also brings a lot of...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Texas corporation seeks to bar Montezuma County work on road south of Mancos

A Texas corporation is seeking an injunction to prohibit Montezuma County maintenance on parts of County Road 41 until the court defines the county’s easement on the road, south of Mancos. After a...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New city of Cortez finance director brings private sector experience

Ben Burkett has been away from home for about 18 years. Now, he’s back in Cortez with a prominent job as the city’s finance director. In mid-January, Burkett, a graduate of Montezuma-Cortez High...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County recreation committee meets for first time

The new Montezuma County Recreation Advisory Committee began to visualize the potential of proposed multi-use trails in the area at its first meeting. Nine members represent a variety of users,...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez defense attorney given two weeks to back up claim about client

A 22nd Judicial District judge has given a defense attorney two weeks to gather information to back up his allegation that an Arizona man was wrongfully removed from a Montrose community...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

After assault charges, Dolores man back in custody for two violations

A Dolores man charged with assault and false imprisonment in early January was back in court last week for failing to appear in court. Erik Genaw, 30, faces four counts in Montezuma County Court,...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Have you been keeping up with local headlines? Test your knowledge in Quiz No. 4

About 130 people participated in last week’s quiz. Participants scored highest on a question about why the city of Durango is asking residents to approve a tax increase in April, with 89 percent...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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