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CBI probes embezzlement at city of Cortez

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is looking into a city of Cortez embezzlement case, and the probe might further hold up three years of delayed financial audits. About three weeks ago, City...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 22 hours 4 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless man found dead in downtown Durango

The Durango Police Department responded to a report of a homeless man found dead Thursday morning behind a building adjacent to The Durango Herald offices in the 1200 block of Main Avenue. Cmdr....

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Utes approve hefty rate increase for water, wastewater users

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe Utilities Division will raise water and wastewater rates by more than 90% and 50%, respectively, starting Oct. 1. The Southern Ute Utilities Division, administered by...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Food truckies open brick-and-mortar Mexican restaurant on Main Avenue

Switchback, a new taco bar, aims to fill a niche for lower-cost, fresh cocktails and eats downtown. Co-owners Dan and Lindsay Gearig opened their Mexican-inspired street food restaurant last week...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Business

LPEA spends $800,000 a year to protect birds from electrocution

Protecting eagles, hawks and other wildlife from electrocution has become an increasingly higher priority for utility companies across the U.S. But it’s not cheap. Since 2017, La Plata Electric...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Rollover crash kills two, leaves Ignacio girls orphaned

An Ignacio family crashed an SUV on Interstate 25 just north of Trinidad on Tuesday, killing the parents and leaving two girls orphaned, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Jessica and Leon...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Have you been keeping up with local headlines? Test your knowledge in Quiz No. 32

About 60 people participated in last week’s quiz. Participants scored highest on a question about the Mark Redwine trial, with 81% of respondents correctly answering “Judge Jeffrey Wilson.”...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield library makes second run for mill levy increase

The decision is made: Bayfield’s Pine River Library will pursue another mill levy increase in a ballot measure this November, asking community members for support one more time. La Plata County...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango identifies key areas to make fire-resistant

Last year’s wildfire season was a wake-up call, said Hal Doughty, chief of the Durango Fire Protection District. The 416 Fire in La Plata County burned 54,000 acres of public lands. While the blaze...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Texas woman dies while off-roading outside Silverton

A Texas woman died Tuesday while riding an off-highway vehicle in the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains, north of Silverton. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a post to social media...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Movies playing in Durango Aug. 16-22

Animas City Theatre (128 E. College Drive, 799-2281, www.animascitytheatre.com ) Indian Horse In late 1950s Ontario, 7-year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Flight cancellations at Durango airport more than double

The number of flight cancellations at Durango-La Plata County Airport has more than doubled this year because of harsh snowstorms and summer thunderstorms. United Airlines and American Airlines...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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