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Durango Police Tuesday 2:11 a.m. Grass was burning near a structure in the 2600 block of Junction Street. Monday 10:06 a.m. Theft was reported at La Plata County Humane Society. 1:44 p.m. A...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango remembers three men who died in medical helicopter crash

On the 15th anniversary of a medical helicopter crash near Mancos, family members and friends of the rescue team reflected on the legacy of the three men who were aboard the aircraft. The crew...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute Indian Tribe drafts plan to reopen

Southern Ute tribal members could see some coronavirus-related restrictions lifted – as long as outbreak data clearly shows it is safe. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has maintained its stay-at-home...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Primary day underway in Montezuma County

It’s primary day in Colorado, and ballots continue to trickle in for Montezuma County. Three heated races are on the ballot for this primary: U.S. Congressional District 3, U.S. Senate and two...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

StoneAge lays off 12 employees

StoneAge, the maker of water-blasting cleaning tools and one of Durango’s few industrial firms, has laid off 12 employees amid a global economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. StoneAge ...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man who drowned at Pastorius Reservoir identified

A 68-year-old Durango man died by drowning Monday after tipping in his kayak at Pastorius Reservoir southeast of Durango, according to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Seeking food security, some Durango-area residents turn to local farmers

When COVID-19 shut down social gatherings across the state, Linley Dixon with Adobe House Farm knew she had to do something differently. Farmers markets made up a majority of the farm’s sales, and...

DATE: June 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High School lands $13.7 million for new school

Animas High School has been awarded $13.7 million to build a permanent school on the Fort Lewis College campus from the state’s BEST grant program, which will fund 68.5% of the estimated $20...

DATE: June 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Four teens, young adults injured in rollover at Navajo Lake

Four of five teenagers and young adults from Durango were injured Friday night in a rollover crash near Navajo Lake in New Mexico – with one of the occupants eventually airlifted to St. Anthony’s...

DATE: June 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters strengthen perimeter of Mesa Verde’s Morefield Fire

A lightning-caused wildfire that started Saturday on the southeast side of Mesa Verde National Park had grown to 46 acres as of Monday, said Cristy Brown, spokeswoman for the park. There was...

DATE: June 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man survives plunge off Wolf Creek Pass, night in backcountry

A 36-year-old Durango man survived driving off Wolf Creek Pass, rolling 700 feet down a steep mountainside and spending a night injured in the backcountry before being rescued last week. “I didn’t...

DATE: June 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Yellow Jacket Fire reaches 395 acres; fire in monument at 155 acres

A fire in Yellow Jacket Canyon southwest of Lewis on Monday reached 395 acres. The blaze, dubbed the Yellow Jacket Fire, was burning on private land and partially on Canyons of the Ancients...

DATE: June 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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