Alex Semadeni

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Despite favorable conditions, crews struggle to build containment lines along 416 Fire

Steep and rugged terrain made building containment lines difficult for crews fighting the 416 Fire 10 miles north of Durango on Sunday. And though rain was a welcome sight for everyone, it had no...

DATE: June 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Additional homes placed on pre-evacuation notice

The latest from the fire: 6:15 p.m. More homes were placed on pre-evacuation Sunday north of Hermosa despite favorable weather conditions, including an afternoon rain shower on the 2,255-acre blaze...

DATE: June 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Betty, with a nose for crime, joins Durango Police Department

Durango Police Department’s newest police officer has arrived in town and is ready for duty. Her name is Betty and she is 1 year old. She’s also a dog. To be exact, she’s a Belgian Malinois....

DATE: June 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Firefighters gain ground on 416 Fire

Federal firefighters put on an air show Saturday, using helicopters and air tankers to keep the 416 Fire from crossing U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango and achieving 10 percent containment on the...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire is about 2,000 acres in size, 10 percent contained

The latest on the 416 Fire: 6:35 p.m. The fire was 1,974 acres in size and 10 percent contained, according to a news release issued by La Plata County government. “Wind and weather conditions on...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smiley Building celebrates 20 years

On any given day behind the doors of the Smiley Building, the halls could be filled with kids playing a piano, business meetings over coffee and co-workers eating a snack at the Smiley Cafe. The...

DATE: May 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

358 Fire is 80 percent contained

Favorable winds early Saturday helped firefighters battling the 358 Fire make significant progress. As of 6:45 p.m., the fire was 80 percent contained, Incident Commander Richard Gustafson said in...

DATE: May 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sunny, warm conditions expected through Iron Horse weekend

Participants of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic won’t have to deal with adverse weather conditions this weekend. Forecasts call for mostly dry, sunny conditions with a high of 84 degrees Saturday...

DATE: May 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fallen police officers honored during memorial walk

Ten local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty since Colorado became a state in 1876 were remembered in Durango. A memorial walk in honor of the fallen officers took place Saturday...

DATE: May 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two men charged in connection with escape from youth detention center

Two men involved in an escape from a juvenile detention center last month in Durango were charged Thursday in District Court. Antonio Kolessar, 21, was charged with five counts of aiding escape, a...

DATE: May 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jeep stolen from Durango High School found

A Durango man has been arrested on suspicion stealing a Jeep last week from the Durango High School parking lot. Clinton Davidson, 32, is accused of taking the vehicle May 11 while the owner was...

DATE: May 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two brush fires contained north of Durango

Two wildfires burning near Shalona Lake north of Durango had been fully contained as of Thursday afternoon. Both fires were about 100 feet by 100 feet in size, said Scot Davis with the Durango Fire...

DATE: May 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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