Alex Semadeni

Position: Herald Staff Writer

416 Fire now 45 percent contained

A successful burnout operation over the past few days has allowed firefighters to build a successful containment line along the southwest perimeter of the 416 Fire. Officials say the 53,260-acre...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmers Market Profile: Pitts Family Ranch hopes new land will increase market

Michele Pitts spent her childhood in Durango. When she had an opportunity to return to the Four Corners four years ago, she jumped at it. Pitts and her husband, Jim, founded Pitts Family Ranch four...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

Graffiti found at three locations in Durango

Police are investigating three incidents of graffiti that appeared in Durango. The Durango Police Department responded to two reports of graffiti on buildings early Thursday morning. They...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Storms to create erratic conditions on 416 Fire

Fire officials expect steady growth of the 416 Fire over the next week, with scattered storms, dry lightning and wind gusts that could reach 50 mph. Fire managers will monitor isolated...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘People are living in the shadows’

The White House’s zero tolerance immigration policy was the catalyst for “Families Belong Together” protests across the country Saturday, including in Durango. “What’s happening right now is...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Changing winds causes heavy smoke in Hermosa

A shift in wind direction has caused thick smoke to hit the Hermosa community Saturday afternoon. Winds have been hitting the fire from the northwest, pushing smoke from the active fire down the...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mark Redwine pleads not guilty

Mark Redwine, the La Plata County man suspected of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan Redwine, pleaded not guilty Friday in 6th Judicial District Court. A four-week jury trial is set to begin Nov....

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police destroy more than 200 guns held in evidence

More than 200 firearms locked in evidence at the Durango Police Department were pulverized earlier this month. The department sent the weapons to a gun-pulverizing company June 11 in Pueblo. A wide...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crews complete successful burnout Wednesday on 416 Fire

Despite the unfavorable weather conditions, fire crews battling the 416 Fire made a bit of progress on Wednesday. Crews successfully completed a burnout operation along the hand line to Forest...

DATE: June 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inmates released after La Plata County Jail hits capacity

It has often been said that when temperatures go up, so does crime. That may be the case at the La Plata County Jail, which exceeded capacity earlier this month, forcing the sheriff to ask for a...

DATE: June 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango & Silverton Railroad delays resumption of coal-fired steam engines

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad announced Wednesday it will delay resuming its coal-fired steam-train passenger service until at least July 12. The decision is to “ensure guest,...

DATE: June 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Adverse weather could cause 416 Fire to grow

As hot and dry conditions increase and temperatures climb to the low 90s, fire officials say the 416 Fire 13 miles north of Durango could grow over the next 24 hours. Fire meteorologists forecast...

DATE: June 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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