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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Durango to revisit rate structure for water, sewer fees

Durango city councilors want more information from city staff about how utility funds are spent before committing to changing water and sewer rates. The city is exploring ways to raise money to...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 13 hours 13 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango library gets money for new ‘digital backbone’

The Durango Public Library’s digital-information backbone is weak, almost to the point of breaking, but city staff said it didn’t have money to replace it, until now. City staff said this week it...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 13 hours 15 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

City Council questions proposed increases to water, sewer rates

Durango City Council discussed proposed changes to water and sewer rates for almost two hours Tuesday night without making a final decision, after staff suggested fees for each be raised to address...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rosie the Riveter memorialized in Durango

Shelly Hartney was in sixth grade in 1945 when the United States and Allied powers defeated Nazi-occupied Germany, imperial Japan and the Axis powers. She grew up in a wealthy neighborhood and felt...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire destroys home, vehicle in Rafter J

A structure fire engulfed a home Saturday morning on Ridge Road in Rafter J, a blaze that started with an explosion in a garage that destroyed the one-story building and a vehicle. The fire started...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango upgrading parking meters

The city of Durango is installing hundreds of upgraded parking meters this year designed to make it easier for drivers to see how much time they paid for and allow them to pay for parking through a...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Is DRO more than a destination airport?

Durango-La Plata County Airport customers rarely eat lunch for hours at the Runway Cantina or have to “beeline” to another gate after getting off an aircraft, Airport Director Tony Vicari said. But...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What are people with clipboards doing around Durango?

Volunteers posted at intersections around Durango are counting bikers and walkers this week as part of a national effort to collect data on pedestrian traffic. City officials solicited dozens of...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council agrees: More nonprofit support is needed

Durango City Council may recommit tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to nonprofits in 2020 with new criteria to make it easier for the organizations to leverage those funds. More than half a...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council may use hiring firm to fill manager position

Durango City Council may seek help from an independent hiring firm in its search for a new city manager. Councilors directed staff Tuesday to explore what would be required of City Council, city...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police get creative to address staff shortages

Six vacant patrol officer positions this summer at the Durango Police Department forced Chief Bob Brammer to get creative. Instead of combing the country for certified candidates, the chief...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Democratic U.S. Senate hopefuls start long campaign season in Durango

Some may consider the Front Range a mecca for Colorado state and federal politics. Durango and the Western Slope can often feel shortchanged. But that changed for a few hours Saturday afternoon at...

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

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