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Gerald Wells challenges viewers with exhibit at Durango Arts Center

Burley Wisehart is one bad guy ... with a soft side. He’s also a character made up by artist Gerald Wells, who has been creating large-scale, mixed-media pieces featuring Burley Wisehart since the...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Visual Arts

Bayfield man pleads guilty to shooting, killing neighbor’s dog

A Bayfield man pleaded guilty this week to shooting a Great Dane with an air-powered pellet gun, inflicting a wound that killed the animal earlier this year, court documents show. Wesley Zufelt,...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Hickenlooper quits Democratic presidential race

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper withdrew from the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, announcing in a video that he is considering a run for Senate. “I ran for...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Regional News

Where to store sludge? Sunnyside Gold offers site to the EPA

Sunnyside Gold Corp. has offered one of its waste storage sites north of Silverton as a permanent solution for a place to put the sludge generated from the water-treatment plant that was built...

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

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: 4 days 15 hours 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: 5 days 15 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: 5 days 15 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: 5 days 22 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: 6 days 13 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: 6 days 16 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: 6 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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