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San Juan National Forest lifts most closures near Burro Fire

Most closures around the Burro Fire have been lifted. The Burro Fire started June 8 and burned 4,792 acres. It is 95 percent contained but is still smoking in some areas, including Sharkstooth...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Administration vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires

WASHINGTON – As wildfires choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged Thursday to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever...

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

Feds propose selling former national monument lands in Utah

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is proposing to dispose of federal land in Utah that was protected within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument until its boundary was redrawn by the...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Nation & World

New school year brings focus on security and safety

A more violent, harsh world is increasingly hard to ignore. Sadly, the first day of school in Durango reflects that. Durango schools continue a journey that increasingly emphasizes safety, security...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Pine River Library asking for a tax increase this November

The board of directors of the Pine River Public Library District voted this week to ask residents in the district to approve a tax increase. The district hasn’t asked for a mill levy increase since...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Christopher Blevins 5th, Griffin Easter 14th to open Colorado Classic

Gage Hecht was part of a four-man breakaway that whittled down to one late on the opening stage of the Colorado Classic pro road cycling event. Hecht, a 20-year-old from Parker, held off the...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Talk about town: Float to Work Day canceled

Kayakers, tubers and paddleboarders looking forward to the early morning camaraderie of the second annual Float to Work Day should consider a bike ride instead. Several Clean Commute Week events...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute Indian Tribe cuts funding to social services nonprofit

The Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council has told Southern Ute Community Action Programs that it plans to withdraw all support to the organization by Dec. 31. SUCAP operates six social service...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Queen of Soul’ had feature role in Durangoan’s film

Not only was the late Aretha Franklin the “Queen of Soul,” she was also Mother Nature, at least for a couple of minutes. In the early 2000s, Durango native Jack Turner was growing his company, Snow...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Music

Last grant needed to complete Hwy. 550 realignment is secured

The final funding piece to connect the “Bridge to Nowhere” with U.S. Highway 550 has arrived in the form of a $1 million state grant. The Colorado Department of Local Affairs awarded the $1 million...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Man facing jail allegedly leaves court, eludes police

A California man with a pending sentence for drug possession in Cortez has twice eluded law enforcement, officials say: once in court and again in a police pursuit. On Aug. 1, Alejandro Reyes left...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Deputy’s horse injures child at Escalante Days

Three injuries were reported at this year’s Escalante Days, including one involving a horse with the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol. About 11:30 a.m., a 4-year-old child was kicked by...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News