Alex Semadeni

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Farmers Market Profile: Brown’s Country Store keeps family-run businesses in style

Tucked away in the Mancos Valley, one mile east of Mancos along Highway 160, sits Brown’s Country Store. The store, run by Roy Brown and his wife, Nina, has been serving the Mancos community for...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Farmers Market Profile: Mom and son try hand at farming in Durango

Jessie Payne has been a gardener his entire life. He’s spent the last 15 years farming with his mother, Sheila. “We’re both gardeners,” Payne said. “We do this because we love it.” Payne and his...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District asks for property tax increase

The Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District has filed paperwork for two ballot measures in November. The first measure is a mill levy increase, and the second measure is a proposal to...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s next for youth detention center in Durango?

The future of the Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center is uncertain after the state abruptly shut down the program Thursday afternoon. The Colorado Department of Human Services, which owns the...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man suspected of biting police officer during arrest

A man is suspected of biting a police officer on the arm early Friday while resisting arrest in Durango. Officers initially responded to a report of domestic violence at 4:33 a.m. in the 1400 block...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

State, federal officials assess flood damage in La Plata County

State and federal officials visited La Plata County earlier this week to do a joint, preliminary damage assessment on areas affected by flooding near the 416 Fire’s burn scar. Local officials...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Railroad ridership down about 27% after fire, debris flows

Ridership is down about 27 percent this year on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad as a result of the 416 Fire, but on the bright side, the railroad hopes to repair its tracks and resume...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

State abruptly shuts down DeNier youth detention center

The Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center, a youth detention center in Durango, abruptly closed Thursday after the state suspended its license on suspicion of inappropriate treatment of youth...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crime fighting: There’s an app for that

Earlier this summer, a vehicle was found abandoned in La Plata County. Local law enforcement responded and had reason to believe the owner of the vehicle, a man from South Carolina, was suicidal...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmers Market Profile: Local farmers hope to become local staple of food security

James Plate graduated with a degree in agriculture from Fort Lewis College, where he learned about how food is produced and how the food gets to market. He observed that a majority of the region’s...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Jurors hear closing arguments in strangulation case

Jurors began deliberating Tuesday afternoon in the first-degree murder case involving Silvino Martinez-Perez, who is suspected of killing his wife in April 2017 at the Lightner Creek Mobile Home...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Closing arguments made in drug-deal murder trial

Closing arguments were made Tuesday in the trial of Michael Jones, who is charged with first-degree murder in connection with a drug deal gone bad last year in the Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park. ...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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