Ryan Simonovich

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Firefighting efforts wind down on 416 Fire; moisture to persist this week

Afternoon rains last weekend helped tame the 416 Fire, allowing the release of most firefighting resources and enabling the transfer of management from the National Incident Management Organization...

DATE: July 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango bike manufacturers do things differently

John Parker, founder of Yeti Cycles, got his start in the mountain bike-mecca town of Durango when he moved his company here in 1991. It seemed like a natural fit for the company after Yeti rider...

DATE: July 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Pre-evacuation notices issued for flood-prone areas

About 250 homes were placed on pre-evacuation notice Friday afternoon for possible flooding around the 416 Fire burn area, but as of 8 p.m., no floods had been reported. The notice was issued for...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rehab work begins around 416 Fire, with eye on the sky

Favorable weather conditions helped slow the 416 Fire on Friday, allowing firefighters to shift their focus from fire suppression to repairing areas damaged during firefighting efforts. At the...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Growth slows on 416 Fire; storms expected to help this weekend

Expansion of the 416 Fire slowed with decreased fire activity Thursday after the blaze grew only 869 acres on the Fourth of July. As of Thursday, the 416 Fire was at 45 percent containment, which...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Electric fencing to protect LPEA substations from burrowing critters

La Plata Electric Association has begun a long-term project to install electric fencing around the transformers in its substations to keep animals from causing power outages. Power outages caused...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless residents at new campsite with new rules

Homeless residents have played musical chairs this spring and summer, having lived in four different campsites, with possibly a fifth to come. The most recent home is a temporary site that opened...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rain expected to dampen Four Corners this weekend

The beginning of July may be marked by much-anticipated precipitation after long stretches of hot, dry weather throughout the month of June. Afternoon showers can be expected Friday and may last...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Independents Week challenges residents to shop local

July Fourth is Independence Day, but July 1-7 is Independents Week. Organized by Local First as a part of a national campaign, the week is all about promoting locally and independently owned...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kayra Martinez helps refugees through art

A flight attendant from Durango found her calling after moving to Europe and witnessing the poor conditions of refugee camps firsthand. Kayra Martinez began working for United Airlines in 1989 and...

DATE: June 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Visual Arts

Thursday’s going to be a hot one

Get out your ice cream cones and swimsuits. Temperatures will reach 93 degrees Thursday, said Tom Renwick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. The weekend should...

DATE: June 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

T-shirts a popular souvenir among firefighters

Alongside the parking lot at Animas Valley Elementary School, where the 416 Fire Incident Command Post is located, a merchant is selling T-shirts. At large wildfires, selling T-shirts to...

DATE: June 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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