Position: City government & crime reporter

Email: bhauff@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4561

About: Bret Hauff is a staff writer focusing his reporting on the city, crime and courts.

His professional journalism career began at the Longboat Observer in Sarasota, Florida, where he covered city government and local news and won an Florida Press Association award for enterprise non-investigative reporting.

He graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in journalism. While in Boston, he interned with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and The Boston Globe.
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Powwow at Durango High School highlights Native American Heritage Month

Ceriss Blackwood knows what it’s like to miss her home, but not quite the same way Rhiannon Yazzie understands it. Blackwood grew up in Ignacio and, after graduating from high school in the early...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 29 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Two fires burn 3 acres each in Upper Pine district, chief says

The Upper Pine River Fire Protection District responded Saturday to two fires that drained resources in the small agency in eastern La Plata County. Both fires were contained by 4 p.m., said Bruce...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River Trail bridge splits Durango City Council

A proposed multimillion-dollar Animas River Trail bridge at 32nd Street split Durango City Council one week before the board is scheduled to approve $3.4 million for the project in the 2020 city...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

At new homeless camp, basic services are a trek

Debra Doane carries a 2-gallon plastic jug from her campsite on a hillside south of downtown Durango. It is mid-morning, about 50 degrees outside and the sun warms her back as she passes “DANGER”...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County seeks volunteers to tell DUI stories

Drunken driving is dangerous, but hundreds of people in La Plata County do it each year, according to state court records. Cyndi Lindquester wants to change that, and she needs volunteers to help....

DATE: Nov. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Council tentatively approves new water, sewer rates

Water and sewer rates are expected to change next year as the Durango City Council considers changing policy to make the cost difference between customers living in and outside city limits more...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Eighth Street and Main Avenue to remain two-way stop, for now

The intersection at Eighth Street and Main Avenue in downtown Durango will remain without a traffic signal for several more months while the city replaces the damaged traffic signal through a...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two cabins destroyed by fire northeast of Durango

Two cabins were destroyed by a fire Tuesday afternoon near the Aspen Trails subdivision northeast of Durango, a fire that spread into the surrounding wildlands. The fire was reported shortly before...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hesperus man has been cutting wood for 30 years, and he can’t stop

HESPERUS – Five thousand, two hundred sixty and counting. That’s how many cords of wood Tom Fischer says he’s cut and sold in almost 30 years. That’s more than 660,000 cubic feet of wood – enough...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cold October sets record in Southwest Colorado

A chilly Halloween with overnight temperatures dropping into single digits capped the coldest October on record in Southwest Colorado, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction....

DATE: Nov. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Despite freezing temps, wildfire danger is high in Southwest Colorado

Conditions are “ripe” for wildfire in Southwest Colorado, and careless or unconscious behavior could spark “pretty quick fire movement,” said Butch Knowlton, La Plata County director of emergency...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College professor pleads not guilty to arson charges

A Fort Lewis College associate professor pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony arson charges related to a fire at south City Market in the chip aisle that caused tens of thousands of dollars in...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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