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Unusual comet makes closest pass to Earth

Astronomers get excited any time a potential naked-eye comet arrives in the vicinity of Earth.Right now, Comet Lulin is attracting attention and generating some excitement.Having been at perihelion...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

January 23 - 24

Animal ControlFriday4:22 p.m. Several dogs were running loose in the 1500 block of County Road 205.Saturday10:20 a.m. A malamute was in custody in a store in the 28000 block of Colorado Highway...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2009 | CATEGORY: News

Beetles feasting on state's trees

Dave Dallison, the lead forester for the San Juan National Forest, isn't too surprised to see old-growth forests losing trees.After all, older, bigger trees are a better meal, he said."Bark beetles...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News

A 'little' commitment can be a 'big' lift

Why let a little homework get in the way of a good thing?Charlie Boyd and Nick Betts decided a couple years ago they had better ways to spend time together than poring over 12-year-old Nick's...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Air permit to get review

The Environmental Protection Agency's appeals board has agreed to consider environmentalists' objections to the Desert Rock Energy Project's air permit, dealing a blow to the proposed...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stimulus may bring $2B to Colo.

DENVER - Rep. John Sala-zar should have been wearing a red suit and fluffy white beard when he visited state legislators Friday. The brand new member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee got...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News

January 22 - January 23

Animal ControlFriday 1:59 p.m. A border collie was headed north dragging a leash on the train tracks behind Durango High School.Durango PoliceFriday 1:24 a.m. A man was harassing a woman and...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2009 | CATEGORY: News

Woman pleads guilty to gun charge

DENVER - A Towaoc woman has pleaded guilty to illegal firearms possession after her arrest for shooting and wounding a friend in November.Police say Mollett Lansing, 24, shot the man using a rifle...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata pertussis cases rise to 11

Pertussis has been diagnosed in four children this week, bringing to 11 the number of confirmed cases in La Plata County since the outbreak started Dec. 30, the San Juan Basin Health Department...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News

County's tax bills will stay about same

Property owners in La Plata County will receive their 2008 tax bills in the coming days, but, despite troubled economic times and declining home values, few can expect to see a smaller bill this...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News

Buckling up

DATE: Jan. 24, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News

Memorial fund created for student

A memorial fund has been established in Alveino Woody's name at Wells Fargo Bank in Durango.Woody, 17, was found dead Tuesday in a probable suicide.Woody was a student at Durango Academy, an...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2009 | CATEGORY: Local News