Ryan Simonovich

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Trails damaged by 416 Fire won’t open until next summer

Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will likely be forced to wait until next summer to use trails closed in the 416 Fire burn area. The threat of flooding, mudslides and debris flows could make any...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

High country an enticing allure, but are people prepared?

An online search for Ice Lakes brings up thousands of pictures of alluring turquoise-blue alpine lakes. The hike northwest of Silverton in San Juan County is increasing in popularity because of...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

State Innovation Model introduces ‘whole person care’ to Durango

Primary care providers in La Plata County have begun work as part of a governor’s office initiative called the State Innovation Model. Colorado received a $65 million award from the federal Centers...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

House District 59 candidate Paul Jones earns spot on November ballot

A Gunnison man has successfully petitioned his way onto the November ballot to challenge state Rep. Barbara McLachlan for Colorado’s House District 59. Independent candidate Paul Jones gathered...

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

Firefighters contain 3-acre blaze on Missionary Ridge

Firefighters have fully contained a 3-acre wildfire burning in the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire burn scar area north of Durango, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Firefighters continued to...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeowners search for help with flooding cleanup

HERMOSA – The weather Monday morning was sunny and calm, with no monsoonal thunderstorms in the forecast. Looking east across the Animas Valley, observers would think that nothing ever happened....

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two decades spent looking out for Skyhawk athletes

Even after years in the profession, former students of Wayne Barger still tap their mentor – pulling from his knowledge accrued in 22 years of taping ankles and dealing with the aches, pains and...

DATE: July 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Fiesta Days kicks off at La Plata County Fairgrounds

Tie-down roping and barrel racing kicked off the Durango Fiesta Days events Friday morning at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Rodeo events will run all weekend as part of the annual Fiesta Days,...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rains keep fire small east of Pagosa Springs

A lightning-caused fire discovered Monday afternoon 4 miles east of Pagosa Springs, is not expected to grow, and the 416 Fire remains well in hand. Gretchen Fitzgerald, spokeswoman for the San Juan...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tour examines drought’s impacts in La Plata County

The long-lasting impacts of drought were apparent Monday as a flare-up began to produce a small plume of smoke in the 416 Fire burn scar just as Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow...

DATE: July 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Monsoon raises chance for rain around Durango

The monsoon has arrived. Recent rains in the Four Corners have come from the Gulf of Mexico, so they are certainly monsoonal, said Megan Stackhouse, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service...

DATE: July 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

4 Corners Freeride Coalition wants a Durango home for downhill mountain bikers

The discipline of freeride mountain biking – downhill focused trails with jumps and challenging features – was born in the forests of British Columbia. Since, trail groups across the world have...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

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