Special Olympics coach bets on ‘human spirit ... winning’

Mollie Hanson didn’t know how to shift gears on a bike when she started cycling last year with Special Olympics Coach Scott Beckstead. But after months of training she went on to win first and...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ever have an unexpectedly costly medical bill? State lawmakers want to prevent that

Lawmakers are introducing a bipartisan measure to protect patients from surprise medical bills. They propose new legislation that would end the practice of what’s called “balance billing,” which...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Low-income residents spend thousands at Durango Farmers Market

Low-income residents are spending thousands of dollars more on fruits and vegetables at the Durango Farmers Market in recent years thanks to a statewide nonprofit that works to expand access to...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Why do rural schools struggle to recruit, keep teachers?

Nyibol Bior, an overworked Longmont teacher, applied last April to the rural Dolores School District hoping for a fresh start. But she balked when a job offer as a special education teacher for the...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College benefit basketball games to support Griego family

It was the third quarter of a big game against nationally-ranked Black Hills State University when Fort Lewis College women’s basketball assistant coach Orlando Griego got news no expecting parent...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

King II coal mine could be extended by 20 years

Members of the public may now comment on an environmental analysis that seeks to assess the potential impacts of expanding operations of GCC Energy’s King II coal mine near Hesperus for at least...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Western voters care more about climate than ‘energy dominance’

According to a recent poll, voters across the West are substantially more worried about climate change now than they were just two years ago. What’s more, a majority identify as “conservationists.”...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Durango woman seeks seat on La Plata County commission

Marsha Porter-Norton, who has led a nonprofit in La Plata County and worked as a facilitator of meetings on numerous public policy issues, announced her candidacy for the county commission on...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

2 storms expected this week in Southwest Colorado

Southwest Colorado should remain in the path of storms forming in the Pacific and moving through the region after first hitting the Pacific Northwest, California and the Sierra Nevada Mountains...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Tiffany church named to Colorado Most Endangered Places list

Margaret Muñoz-Lucero got a delayed Christmas present Tuesday: Iglesia de San Antonio Catholic Church in Tiffany was one of five places added to the Colorado Most Endangered Places list. “This has...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Regis 3s sink Fort Lewis College in RMAC rematch

Regis made 10 shots from behind the 3-point line in the final 15 minutes, 41 seconds of play Saturday night, and the hot shooting sank the host Skyhawks. In a rematch of last year’s Rocky Mountain...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Health care forum focuses on solutions to rising cost

Health care is complicated, but one thing is obvious: It costs too much. That was the consensus Saturday at the Durango Public Library where The Durango Herald hosted a forum to discuss how...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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