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Position: City government & crime reporter


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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Felon receives 6 years of probation in meth case

A 6th Judicial District judge sentenced a felon to six years of probation after he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell more than 100 grams of methamphetamine, court documents show....

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Shelter in place’ order lifted for Escalante Middle School

A “shelter in place” order was issued Thursday afternoon at Escalante Middle School for a gas line that broke on Baker Lane, delaying seven bus routes for Durango School District 9-R, school...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Dog dies in house fire southeast of Durango

A dog died in a house fire Wednesday night at the corner of county roads 301 and 304, southeast of Durango near Pastorius Reservoir, fire officials said. Fire crews responded to the scene around...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

City expands program to distribute bear-resistant garbage cans

The city of Durango is planning to spend $175,000 next year to purchase 600 bear-resistant trash cans for city residents, a step toward making the city less attractive to hungry bears and reducing...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango drafts new sign code rules to be ‘content neutral’

The city of Durango has drafted a new sign code that allows businesses and residents to keep temporary signs up for an unlimited amount of time, regardless of their content. In other words, your...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Newlywed Durango native almost lost husband in electrified canal

Durango native Taylor Gann, formerly Taylor Perry, and her newlywed husband, Brandon Gann, were playing putt-putt golf Sept. 30 in Oklahoma City before leaving for their honeymoon in the Bahamas...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 4 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff candidates tout experience and emphasize leadership abilities

The three candidates running for La Plata County Sheriff have different ideas about how the department has functioned in the past four years and what should be done to make the region safer for its...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Man sentenced to life in prison for killing Durango resident

A 21-year-old man convicted of first-degree murder for the shooting death of a Durango man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole. A 12-person jury convicted Michael Jones in...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis Mesa Fire seeks stable revenue with two ballot measures

The Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District is asking voters this fall to approve two ballot measures with the hopes of reinvigorating the financially strapped, mostly volunteer department. One...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Fraud Squad’ leader gets 2 years in prison for – fraud

A man was sentenced this week to two years in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering for collecting nearly $100,000 in stolen credit card money while serving time at the La...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pet or service animal? The distinction matters

Sue Garlick needs to connect with her students, but it’s not always easy. As a special education teacher in Cortez, building a rapport with her students can be the difference between effective...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mark Redwine makes brief court appearance, is scheduled for four-week trial

Mark Redwine, the man accused of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan, made a brief appearance Wednesday in 6th Judicial District Court where a judge set a four-week trial to begin Feb. 25. Redwine,...

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

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