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Against uncertain backdrop, tax overhaul backed by Polis limps ahead

After years of groundwork, 2020 was supposed to be the time for Colorado tax reform. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis kicked off his second year in office by doubling down on his pledge to eliminate...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Farmington requests vendors apply for payments via ACH

To streamline payments and provide continuity of services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Farmington is requesting vendors apply to receive payments via ACH. The ACH authorization...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

The Blotter

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday 12:50 a.m. Someone was trespassing and refused to leave in the 21100 block of U.S. Highway 160 in west Durango. 2:41 a.m. Someone was trying to break...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

After stumbling, ABC Denver airs on DirecTV in La Plata County

After a frustrating weekend for many DirecTV subscribers in La Plata County, KMGH, the ABC affiliate out of Denver, appears to be activated for county subscribers on the satellite system’s channel...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Why are nonessential businesses still open in Durango?

Local health officials and law enforcement are starting to clamp down on nonessential businesses still operating despite Gov. Jared Polis’ executive order last week shuttering certain stores to...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 hours 27 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Census underway in Cortez; coronavirus highlights need to participate

The 2020 census is underway, and leaders of the Montezuma County Counts campaign are urging locals to use their increased time at home to complete the survey. For the first time, the Census is...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

New Mexico official in video blames ‘Asians’ for virus

DEMING, N.M. – A southern New Mexico county official is under fire for posting a social media video casting blame for the novel coronavirus pandemic on “Asians.” Luna County Safety and Risk...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Albuquerque police: Man fatally shot during welfare check

ALBUQUERQUE – A man is dead after being shot by Albuquerque police after officers went to make a welfare check on the person. The Albuquerque Journal reports that police said the incident occurred...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Can these homemade masks help Southwest Colorado fight coronavirus?

During the first and second world wars, citizens grew victory gardens to feed hungry populations. The idea carried forward into the COVID-19 outbreak – but this time, people are making protective...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | UPDATED: 8 hours 5 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain lion management plan sets goals for west Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION – A draft plan by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife department would maintain stable populations of mountain lions in western Colorado. The plan would establish a special management...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

New Mexico election regulators want mail-in-only primary because of coronavirus

SANTA FE, N.M. – Local elections official petitioned the New Mexico Supreme Court for permission to conduct the June 2 primary election by mail, asserting that the coronavirus pandemic makes it...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

How many COVID-19 tests have been done in La Plata County? Local health officials don’t know

One question health officials in La Plata County keep hearing from the public is: How many tests for coronavirus have been conducted in the community? But arriving at the answer isn’t so simple. “I...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 19 hours 31 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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