City considers plan to boost green policies

Steps should be taken to minimize Durango’s environmental footprint, but just how far the city should go and what results are realistic were up for debate during Monday’s City Council study...

DATE: March 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Charter gets hefty start-up funds

Durango’s newest charter school didn’t get the $180,000 per year it sought from the state – it got more.Mountain Middle School last week learned it had received a start-up grant of $195,000 per...

DATE: March 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bill wades into coal-bed methane, water dispute

DENVER – Lawmakers moved quickly Monday to strengthen the state’s legal defense against Southwest Colorado ranchers who have sued to protect their water rights from natural-gas and oil...

DATE: March 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire destroys Rafter J home

Fire ripped through a home in the Rafter J subdivision on Monday, leaving a La Plata County couple temporarily homeless.The blaze, which destroyed the house, was reported at 1:49 p.m. at 335 Gulch...

DATE: March 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Shop for a health plan?

DENVER – Colorado appears poised to join other states planning expanded marketplaces for health insurance under a compromise deal announced Monday by Democrats, Republicans and Gov. John...

DATE: March 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Durango peace group marks 8 years in Iraq

“Illegal,” “immoral” and “murder” were just a few words used by anti-war protesters Sunday to describe American military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and, as of late, Libya.About 50 protesters...

DATE: March 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Officers shoot man in Cortez

Two Montezuma County law-enforcement officials shot a man who pulled a gun on an officer early Saturday morning.Neither of the officers was injured in the incident. The man who was shot, Zachary...

DATE: March 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

The cost of a hidden gun

La Plata County Sheriff Duke Schirard has mixed feelings about a House bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit.On one hand, the permitting process helps deputies...

DATE: March 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

The case of the violin and 2 heroes in a truck

Cassandra Crabtree, in the passenger seat, looked back to see the black case hit the road and flip, and the truck drive over it. She drew in a quick breath and screamed.Her mother, Janelle...

DATE: March 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bennet works on education policy reform

WASHINGTON – As the Obama administration seeks to drum up support for a rewrite of No Child Left Behind, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is proposing to bring to the national stage many of the ideas he...

DATE: March 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

SEC sues Denver drilling firm, alleging Ponzi scheme

Federal regulators have filed a lawsuit against a Denver-based oil and gas exploration company and four of its officials, accusing them of a “Ponzi-like” scheme that may have left about 200...

DATE: March 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Town of Bayfield

Bob Ledger, town managerThe requester on Tuesday morning said he was making an open-records request for the contract for the town manager.The receptionist asked, “Which contract?” She explained the...

DATE: March 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

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