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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City councilors scrutinize practices and policies during annual retreat

Durango City Council challenged municipal policies and practices at its annual retreat this month, a conversation city leaders described in retrospect as contentious, productive and unfinished....

DATE: May 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 hours 33 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango youth detention center remains closed, with uncertain future

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office deputies have become de facto babysitters and chauffeurs for children who break the law ever since a local juvenile detention center closed nine months ago, said...

DATE: May 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

$3.4 million pedestrian bridge proposal to be re-evaluated

A pedestrian bridge over the Animas River, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks and 32nd Street would be nice, said Mayor Melissa Youssef. But is it the best use of city resources?...

DATE: May 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Compañeros to host driver’s license information session tonight for immigrants

A new law providing more locations in Colorado for people in the country illegally to obtain a driver’s license will make roads safer for everyone, said Matt Karkut, executive director of local...

DATE: May 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Conviction overturned in gang rape case

A judge ordered the release of a Durango man from a six-year prison sentence this week after the alleged victim testified in the trial of a co-defendant that the sexual contact between her and the...

DATE: May 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Man suspected of stealing safe from Humane Society thrift store

Police have arrested a man suspected of stealing a safe containing cash, jewelry and electronics Monday from the La Plata County Humane Society Thrift Store. Calob Harris, 23, of Durango was nabbed...

DATE: May 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Saving lives in the back of a bouncing ambulance

Whatever you do, don’t call paramedics and emergency medical technicians “ambulance drivers.” It’s like calling a nurse a “doctor’s helper” – they’re so much more than that. Take Durango Fire...

DATE: May 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trial begins for Durango man suspected in gang rape

A Durango man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint in 2017 – a felony charge that carries a minimum of 16 years in prison if found guilty – is standing trial this week. Devin “Ducky”...

DATE: May 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Ever thought about applying for a patent? Donna Arment can help you with that

Got an idea for an invention but not sure what to do with it? Donna Arment can help. Durango’s patent and trademark resource officer at the public library has been helping local inventors for...

DATE: May 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado AG shows support for vulnerable in Durango

Colorado’s top law officer assured Durango residents this weekend that he’s fighting for the state’s most disadvantaged, including people with mental illnesses, drug addictions and illegal...

DATE: May 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fallen law enforcement honored in Durango

Law enforcement from around Southwest Colorado honored their fallen in Durango this weekend, recognizing people in the past century who gave their lives in service to their communities. Dozens of...

DATE: May 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s steady, controversial growth from 1880 to present

A lot can happen in 140 years. Just look at Durango. The city’s population and size have grown piecemeal since its founding by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in 1880, thrust by advances in...

DATE: May 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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