Position: City government & crime reporter

Email: bhauff@durangoherald.com

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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City Council to consider water, sewer rate increases tonight

The Durango City Council is poised to approve another water and sewer rate increase at its regularly scheduled meeting tonight, a continuance of decades of rate hikes that have exacerbated the cost...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 hours 29 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Homelessness report casts critical light on Durango

The American Civil Liberties Union and National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty blasted the city of Durango in a report released last week that found the city has attempted to enforce its...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College graduates to embrace the unknown

Sabra Artichoker doesn’t know what she’s going to do with her degree in anthropology and sociology. Neither does Zachary Scurrah, who graduated from Fort Lewis College on Saturday with a degree in...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Is Durango Area Tourism Office best marketing vendor for the city?

Durango City Council is considering replacing the Durango Area Tourism Office with a different vendor to market the town to tourists. Councilor Chris Bettin suggested this week at a study session...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents scrutinize details of Animas River Trail extension

Residents living near the proposed northern extension of the Animas River Trail say they are concerned about lighting, fences, access, enforcement and wildlife on the proposed path and at its...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Six malnourished horses seized north of Durango

Six horses were seized Thursday from property north of Hermosa in a case of suspected animal cruelty, a situation animal protection officers have been monitoring and investigating for about eight...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Chapman Hill opens this weekend along with splitboard demo

The Chapman Hill Ski Area is scheduled to open this weekend to skiers and snowboarders, the earliest the in-town slope has opened in recent years. The hill will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m....

DATE: Dec. 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Outdoors

New tax question for Durango voters is unlikely in April

Durango city councilors suggested Tuesday they won’t ask voters to approve a property tax increase in April and discussed instead the possibility of reapportioning parks and recreation funding to...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Businesses may not be able to put signs on sidewalks

Businesses may not be allowed to put out temporary signs in the public right-of-way because of safety issues, the Durango City Council and Planning Commission agreed Tuesday. Councilors and...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio man acquitted of privacy invasion charges

Jaime Flores-Carbajal, a man accused of taking video up the skirt of a woman at Walmart, has been found not guilty by a six-person jury. Flores-Carbajal lost his job as a janitor with the Ignacio...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Salvation Army struggles to recruit bell-ringers

A year ago, bells were ringing outside City Market and all was jolly as Durango residents knew that every dollar they put into the Salvation Army kettle would stay in the community, donated to...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Longtime federal magistrate David West to hang up the robe

If David West had a choice, he’d laugh. Not in the courtroom, of course, where he has worked for 32 years as a magistrate with the U.S. District Court in Durango. Judges, lawyers and friends...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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