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County incumbents outpace challengers in fundraising

Final financial disclosures before the Nov. 8 election show support for La Plata County commissioner candidates comes from their parties and specific interests. Gwen Lachelt, Democratic incumbent...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trump stops in Colorado, but he doesn’t meet with Darryl Glenn

DENVER – Donald Trump came to Colorado on Tuesday, but he departed the state without indulging Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn in a meeting to “share his heart.” Glenn says he still...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Amendment 71 would make amending state constitution more difficult

Colorado voters are being asked to make it harder to amend the state constitution. The constitutional Amendment 71 question – known as Raise the Bar – asks, “Shall there be an amendment to the...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Refuse left in wilderness a ‘never-ending’ problem

A full-size Winnebago RV, a commercial freezer with a case of beer inside, a snowmobile, a pop-up camper: All of these items and more have been left behind in the wilderness, and each year, U.S....

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durangoans pose questions for Mike Pence

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is set to speak at noon Wednesday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. We asked more than a dozen residents Tuesday what they would like to ask Pence...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

District 9-R requests $1.7 million mill levy override

At the end of a long ballot for the Nov. 8 election, voters residing within Durango School District 9-R’s boundaries will be asked to approve a tax increase for the district. A “Yes” vote will give...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tobacco tax hike dollars would go to health programs

DENVER – Colorado voters are being asked to increase the tax on tobacco products to raise money for an array of state services. The constitutional question asks voters: “Shall state taxes be...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gail Schwartz touts public land protection

During a stop in Durango on Tuesday, 3rd Congressional District Democratic candidate Gail Schwartz touted her initiatives to protect public lands, pursue clean energy and responsibly balance land...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire west of Pueblo burns 5 homes

WESTCLIFFE – A wildfire west of Pueblo has destroyed five homes, and hundreds of people remain under evacuation orders, authorities said Tuesday. The fire has scorched more than 25 square miles,...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Purgatory owner buys Colorado’s largest snowcat ski operation

James Coleman, managing partner of Purgatory and four other ski resorts, has purchased Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation. Formerly known as San Juan Untracked, the 35,000-acre property...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Health officials OK eating fish from Animas River

The Colorado health department announced Tuesday it’s OK to eat fish out of the Animas River, evidenced by results from extensive sampling following the Gold King Mine spill. On Aug. 5, 2015, an...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Groups begin fight against invasive Russian Olive trees

What was once distributed freely for ornamental landscaping is now the target of an aggressive three-year project that aims to remove the Russian olive plant – a pesky invasive species that chokes...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News