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La Plata County behind state, nation in census response

Wednesday was Census Day – a reference date, not a deadline – and La Plata County is slowly making progress on the 2020 census count, despite nationwide coronavirus-related delays. The U.S. Census...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Community Emergency Relief Fund announces $50,500 in aid

The Community Emergency Relief Fund has awarded $50,500 in grants to nonprofits working with people who have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic in Southwest Colorado. “The COVID-19 coronavirus is...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado’s virus-related jobless claims continue their surge

Colorado unemployment claims triggered by coronavirus-related job losses continue their surge, with last week’s initial claims roughly eight times the highest recorded during the Great Recession,...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 hours 1 minute ago | CATEGORY: Regional News

Man charged with killing Colorado deputy won’t face death

DENVER – A man accused of killing a Colorado sheriff’s deputy in 2018 will no longer face the death penalty if he is convicted during his trial, which has been delayed until at least April 17...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Juvenile detention center to close in Santa Fe County

SANTA FE – A county youth detention center in northern New Mexico is scheduled to close after commissioners raised concerns about rising costs and a decrease in the detention population. The Santa...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Humane Society lays off staff, braces for revenue decline

The La Plata County Humane Society is in need of help after having to lay off nearly half of its staff because of the coronavirus outbreak, with significant revenue losses expected in coming weeks....

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 minute ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County reports first death from COVID-19

The Montezuma County Public Health Department announced Thursday morning that the county has confirmed two new positive cases of COVID-19, one of which has resulted in a death. The two new cases...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man’s trip from Ecuador highlights slow COVID-19 response in U.S.

Durango resident Ray Pierotti appreciates much about America: its people, its safety, its freedoms. But a recent trip to Ecuador gave him a different perspective on American society. The Ecuadorian...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 8 hours 26 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Air Force Academy to graduate seniors in online ceremony

COLORADO SPRINGS – Air Force Academy seniors will graduate six weeks early in an impromptu online ceremony intended to empty the campus of its remaining cadets amid the coronavirus pandemic,...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Police: New Mexico man hit officer with shirt after DWI stop

HOBBS, N.M. – A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he was arrested for drunken driving and threw his clothes at an officer. The Hobbs News-Sun reports Alonso Martinez of Eunice was...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Defying odds, New Mexico university’s Chicano studies grows

ALBUQUERQUE – For years, the University of New Mexico’s Chicana and Chicano Studies program sat neglected and poorly funded. The university’s low salaries prevented it from attracting national...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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