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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Durango sees uptick in graffiti, and it’s not good art

Vandals have tagged walls, bridges and signs around Durango, a proliferation of graffiti that has cost the city time and money to remove. Durango Parks and Recreation employees have spent hundreds...

DATE: July 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man pleads guilty to burglarizing Humane Society Thrift Store

A man who police say broke into the La Plata County Humane Society Thrift Store and stole a safe faces two to six years in prison after pleading guilty this week to felony burglary. Calob Harris, a...

DATE: July 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 hours 36 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Man charged with attempted murder denied bond reduction again

The third time in court wasn’t a charm for Anthony Pappas, a Durango native whose $100,000 bond on an attempted-murder charge was again upheld by a judge. District Court Judge Todd Norvell on...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge allows canine evidence in Redwine case

Prosecutors who say Mark Redwine killed his son, Dylan, in 2012 will be allowed to present cadaver dog evidence at a trial in September, a judge has ruled. Two handlers of German shepherds trained...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 hours 42 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Homelessness divides Durango City Council

Two recently elected city councilors pushed their colleagues to answer a question some members of the community, city government and civil rights groups have been asking for years: What role does...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County officials pitch new location for possible homeless camp

La Plata County officials have identified a place for the homeless to legally sleep. The only problem: It happens to be on city property, and Durango city officials have so far been reluctant to...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman loses foot in motorcycle crash

A passenger on a motorcycle lost her foot Saturday after the driver and someone in a dually truck crashed near Nature’s Oasis in south Durango, police said. A man driving a Dodge pickup northbound...

DATE: July 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango worker wages too low, report finds

Durango doesn’t pay its workers enough, and if the municipality doesn’t start paying more soon, residents may see a decline in services, according to a study on city employee compensation. Employee...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Self-described ‘prowler’ charged in connection with break-ins

A Bayfield man who police say habitually broke into Durango homes for at least a year was charged Friday with at least two counts of trespassing and three counts of possession of a controlled...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 8 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango trees create city character, increase property values

Trees are more than trunks, leaves and roots. They filter the air we breathe, and they’re crucial to the character of the city. They provide shade, keeping homes and humans cool. They’re a pillar...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Attacker stabbed in melee is sentenced

A Durango man admitted Thursday to threatening another man with a deadly weapon before being stabbed in the leg with a knife. Ian Taylor, 27, threatened Brian Picard with a makeshift cane in the...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Horse falls, injures girl and dies near Hesperus

A full-grown horse wandered into a mobile-home park near Hesperus and mysteriously died Tuesday, at one point falling on and injuring a girl, according to La Plata County Animal Protection. Animal...

DATE: July 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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