Ryan Simonovich

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Durango recreation economy feels heat from smoke, land closures

Outdoor recreational opportunities are becoming somewhat limited as a result of poor air quality and public land closures in Southwest Colorado. The U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday closed the San...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Air quality in Durango measures at ‘hazardous’ levels

At certain times of day, air quality in Durango has been measured at the “hazardous” level, the poorest level on the air-quality index. An air-quality advisory has been issued every day since the...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Many La Plata County positions uncontested in primary

Some parts of this year’s primary ballot for La Plata County voters will feel less like a multiple-choice test and more like an exercise in filling in oval circles. That’s because ballots for both...

DATE: June 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Democrats square off for La Plata County treasurer in primary

Two Democrats are vying for La Plata County treasurer – the only locally contested race in the June primary election. The candidates are incumbent Allison Aichele and Tim Walsworth, who is director...

DATE: June 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Death Ride attracts cyclists riding for an ALS cure

A bike ride through the San Juan Mountains so hard it’s called the Death Ride Challenge. The 225-mile loop has typically climbed 16,500 feet along a route that has been ridden in one form or...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Sports

Evacuees may be surprised by what insurance covers

When wildfire is bearing down on a home, insurance might not be the first thing people think about. But taking a moment to inventory and document your possessions can pay off in the long run. When...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Evacuations can be especially complicated for pet owners

Being evacuated and having to find a place to live can be emotionally and logistically difficult. But doing it with pets can be even more challenging. Residents who are evacuated don’t want to be...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College raising funds to buy river company

Fort Lewis College is raising private funds to purchase a river rafting company, which would be used by faculty and students for academic and recreational trips. If the deal goes through, the...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tent city greets fire crews

At the base of the bunny hill at Purgatory Resort sits dozens of small various-colored one-person tents. Across the way, in Purgatory’s lower parking lots, is another tent city full of large white...

DATE: June 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Backfires used to choke 416 Fire of fuels

PURGATORY – There’s an old saying: “Fight fire with fire.” That’s what firefighters did Monday on the 416 Fire. They used drip torches to set their own fires, called “backfires,” in an effort to...

DATE: June 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three community meetings to update residents about wildfire

UPDATE – 6:50 p.m. La Plata County government issued an afternoon news release with these updates: More than 20 aircraft and 384 firefighters were assigned to the 416 Fire as of Monday. All...

DATE: June 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Iron Horse: What you need to know

It’s here again. This year’s 47th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic will take place this weekend. Thousands of riders, spectators, future cyclists and passers-by will descend on Durango to watch...

DATE: June 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: ztest

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