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Southwest Health System lays off 9.5% of staff in Cortez

Management for Southwest Memorial Hospital announced layoffs Tuesday of 40 employees as part of a reorganization plan to bolster the hospital’s struggling financial position and improve...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 16 hours 12 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council reaches consensus on likely tax question

Durango City councilors informally agreed Tuesday to ask voters to approve a property and a sales tax increase in November. The increases could raise about $7.5 million in 2019 for general city...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Brewing Co. closes taproom, fires employees, moves to La Junta

Durango Brewing Co. abruptly closed its taproom last week in Durango, fired all of its local employees and is moving operations to La Junta. And it’s taking the Durango moniker with it. The move...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Treasurer Allison Aichele has 10 days to explain mistakes in 2014 campaign finance filings

La Plata County Treasurer Allison Aichele has 10 days to explain mistakes related to her 2014 campaign filings and to prove there was no intentional wrongdoing. The Colorado Secretary of State’s...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

The Blotter

Durango Police Monday 8:59 a.m. A man found drugs on the ground by his truck in the 1900 block of East Second Avenue. 11:35 a.m. Someone called to report that a drunken man was dancing in the...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plateau Fire reaches 95 percent containment; command returning to local team

The Plateau Fire north of Dolores has grown about 1,000 acres since Sunday as firefighters focused on closing an uncontrolled line in the fire’s northwest corner. According to a map provided by...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores school district seeks bids for new bus garage

A plan for a new bus garage for Dolores Schools will be put out for rebid, board members decided at their meeting last week. Previous bids came in higher than what was budgeted for the project,...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bull Draw Fire climbs to 21,790 acres, pushes southeast

The Bull Draw Fire, burning in a remote area 12 miles northwest of Nucla, has grown to 21,790 acres – up about 2,000 acres in 24 hours, the Type 2 Blue Team said Monday. Containment increased to 19...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Air quality advisory issued for much of western Colorado

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment has issued an air quality advisory for a large part of western Colorado, including Montezuma, Dolores and La Plata counties. Widespread smoke from...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

New trail proposed on Raider Ridge, near eastern city limits

A new trail may be built this fall between the SkyRidge neighborhood and the top of Raider Ridge. The Sky Raider Trail would run from Molas Drive to an intersection with several other trails,...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado law to hold large internet companies accountable

A recently enacted state law could help ensure faster internet service reaches customers when companies apply for state grants to fund infrastructure. The Colorado Legislature set aside $115...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

‘We freak out every time a raindrop falls’

HERMOSA – It took about 20 minutes to forever change the lives of residents in Pines Townhomes. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. July 24, rain hit the burn scar of the 416 Fire, sending a torrent of mud...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News