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Interior Department cancels proposal to sell former monument land in Utah

The U.S. Department of the Interior has backed away from its proposal to sell off about 1,600 acres of public land in Utah that once was part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Plateau Fire reaches 19,554 acres as interior pockets burn

The Plateau Fire reached 19,554 acres this week – up 3,254 acres since Aug. 12 – as green areas inside the containment area burned. The fire’s containment also increased, reaching 95 percent, up...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Sacred Navajo symbols often confused for swastikas

DENVER (AP) – The rug had several columns, with bright red squares down the center and a few lining the edges of a neutral-colored background. At first glance, the square-shaped symbols looked like...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Bayfield High School in search of repeat title, dynasty

The defending state champion Bayfield High School football team has won two of the last three Class 2A state titles. Another this year, and the Wolverines can claim a dynasty. BHS earned its third...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Why do some rural residents oppose zoning?

For Jim Greer, a rancher in western La Plata County, his future is tied to his land. Like so many ranchers and farmers, Greer doesn’t have a retirement plan or 401(k). His land is his 401(k)....

DATE: Aug. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio football ready for varsity games in 2018

Ignacio High school football isn’t on life support, according to head coach Alfonso “Ponch” Garcia. He said it’s alive and hitting hard. “It’s been going great; the kids have responded so well,”...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango to close homeless camp, won’t provide new location

The city of Durango has no plans to provide overnight camping for homeless residents after Aug. 24, when a temporary camp near Greenmount Cemetery is set to close. “The city is not in the business...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff’s candidates discuss budget, turnover and homelessness challenges

With this November’s election closing in, three candidates for La Plata County Sheriff are defining themselves on major issues facing the county, including homelessness, budget declines and high...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Tree on fire sends up column of smoke near Bayfield

A tree on fire put up a column of smoke Friday afternoon in the Bayfield area. The lightning-caused fire was reported about 4 p.m. near a water tank, said Bruce Evans, chief of the Upper Pine River...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Photos: Students say hello to teachers, staff

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police officers to wear body cameras in 2019

After many years of discussion, patrol officers with the Durango Police Department will begin wearing body cameras at the start of 2019. The department recently ordered 48 body cameras from Axon,...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Vallecito Creek turns orange after intense rain cell hits high country

Vallecito-area residents woke up Friday morning to the sight of Vallecito Creek running orange. But no, it was not another Gold King Mine spill. Butch Knowlton, La Plata County’s director for the...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News