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Gov. Jared Polis has issued a statewide stay-at-home order for non-essential workers and activities.

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After stumbling, ABC Denver airs on DirecTV in La Plata County

After a frustrating weekend for many DirecTV subscribers in La Plata County, KMGH, the ABC affiliate based in Denver, appears to be activated for county subscribers on the satellite system’s...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Why are nonessential businesses still open in Durango?

Local health officials and law enforcement are starting to clamp down on nonessential businesses still operating despite Gov. Jared Polis’ executive order last week shuttering certain stores to...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can these homemade masks help Southwest Colorado fight coronavirus?

During the first and second world wars, citizens grew victory gardens to feed hungry populations. The idea carried forward into the COVID-19 outbreak – but this time, people are making protective...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How many COVID-19 tests have been done in La Plata County? Local health officials don’t know

One question health officials in La Plata County keep hearing from the public is: How many tests for coronavirus have been conducted in the community? But arriving at the answer isn’t so simple. “I...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Collision with semitrailer kills Jeep driver in Montezuma County

An Arizona man was killed Monday morning when his Jeep collided with a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 491 near Lewis, the Colorado State Patrol said in a news release. About 9:38 a.m., a purple 1992...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo Nation issues curfew as virus spreads

FARMINGTON – The Navajo Nation implemented a curfew this week as the number of COVID-19 cases jumped, with seven deaths reported as of Thursday. President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 9 hours ago | CATEGORY: Regional News

COVID-19 disaster-assistance loans offered by Region 9

A disaster-assistance loan fund, which will start out with modest funding but with the expectation it will grow, has been established to help small businesses in Southwest Colorado deal with...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Polis says spread of coronavirus is slowing, but second person in 40s has died

CENTENNIAL – Measures limiting Coloradans’ movement may have begun to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in the state, Gov. Jared Polis said Monday. Polis said the number of people affected by...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Durango businesses report losing at least 70% of sales

More than half of Durango and La Plata County businesses responding to a survey about the COVID-19 pandemic say they have lost 70% of their business or closed their doors. Two hundred and...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

J. Paul Brown to reduce sheep herd amid disease concerns for bighorns

A conservation group has bought out one of Ignacio rancher J. Paul Brown’s grazing allotments in the Weminuche Wilderness to reduce the risk his sheep pose to native bighorns, but critics say the...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Photo: 1880 Downtown Durango

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: And the West is History

Colorado Democrats jostle over whether to return to Capitol to extend coronavirus pause

The question of whether state lawmakers needed to appear in person Monday at the Colorado Capitol to extend a pause in the lawmaking term because of the new coronavirus opened a rare public rift...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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