Alex Semadeni

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Two small fires burning on Missionary Ridge

Fire crews from the San Juan National Forest are battling two small fires on Missionary Ridge. The fires are a couple hundred yards apart, and combined are less than half an acre. There are no...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bat found on Fort Lewis College campus tests positive for rabies

A bat discovered on the Fort Lewis College campus earlier this week tested positive for rabies. Staff members of the Campbell Child & Family Center, a child care center on campus, found a bat on...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield woman dies in motorcycle crash south of Silverton

A 58-year-old Bayfield woman died in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash Thursday morning 7 miles south of Silverton on U.S. Highway 550. Kathryn Tucker was traveling northbound on a 2013...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s sit-lie ordinance has so far netted few offenders

A new ordinance prohibiting people from sitting or lying on Durango sidewalks may be accomplishing its goal: putting a stop to the behavior. After the ordinance went in effect June 19, Durango...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Texas man dies while hiking near Lower Ice Lakes

A man involved in a hiking accident died Tuesday in the Lower Ice Lake Basin. Robert Rader, a 72-year-old from Dallas, Texas, was hiking with family and friends when he tripped and fell 100 to 150...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Retired military vehicles see action during floods

Military surplus vehicles obtained by local law enforcement agencies give rural parades a little pep, but on occasion, they’re put to good use ending standoffs or assisting in other emergencies....

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmers Market Profile: Blake Knoll tries hand at farming

Blake Knoll picked a tough time to start his first year farming. Knoll, who recently retired, is the only employee at Pinyon Crest Farms and had to deal with the drought that has hit southwestern...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

416 Fire declared 100 percent contained; interior still smolders

Recent rainfall has given fire officials the confidence to declare the 416 Fire 100 percent contained as of 3 p.m. Tuesday – on schedule with a projected containment date. Firefighters created a...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Despite last week’s incidents to Animas River, rafters undeterred

The Animas River has received a barrage of incidents over the past week, but Durango’s rafting industry remains undeterred. The biggest problem the rafting industry faces isn’t the incidents...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police chase through Durango ends in arrest outside Bayfield

A high-speed chase in Durango ended in a manhunt that resulted in the arrest of two individuals a few miles north of Bayfield on Saturday evening. Christopher Sowder, 24, and Dillon McCarthy, 23,...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fiesta Days brings Old West spirit to Durango

The grandstands at the La Plata County Fairgrounds were packed Saturday afternoon as people crowded to watch the annual Durango Fiesta Days. Saturday’s events featured a parade down Main Avenue in...

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Power restored to 400 people in lower Animas Valley

As of 2 p.m. Saturday, power was restored after a downed electrical line in the lower Animas Valley north of Durango caused a power outage that affected 398 people. The downed line was located on...

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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