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 Police Department adopts online crime reporting

Residents and visitors can now report non-emergency crimes online with the Durango Police Department – a change law enforcement hopes will reduce workloads for officers who have been responding to...

DATE: March 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What happens when city equipment breaks?

Nothing is indestructible. Everything breaks. So what happens when crucial city equipment like snowplows and dump trucks fail? The answer is pretty simple: The city fixes them. But repairing and...

DATE: March 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association’s future in flux

The future of La Plata Electric Association may not be certain, but change is on the horizon, board members said at a presentation Saturday. About 70 people attended an energy discussion at the...

DATE: March 23, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute Indian Tribe awarded grant to assist victims of crime

The federal government awarded the Southern Ute Indian Tribe almost $400,000 to expand direct victim services and trauma-informed personnel support – part of a nationwide effort to improve victim...

DATE: March 23, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

ICE targets immigrants at La Plata County Courthouse

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is using the La Plata County Courthouse in Durango as a staging ground to arrest people suspected of being in the country illegally, a practice some in the...

DATE: March 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango dismisses campaign finance complaint filed against city

A campaign finance complaint accusing Durango city councilors and the city manager of illegally using taxpayer money to encourage electors to vote for a proposed sales-tax increase has been...

DATE: March 21, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Man gets prison time for leading police on chase

A New Mexico man who led law enforcement on a chase through central La Plata County in a stolen vehicle from the Navajo Nation was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison. Michael Ahkee, 21,...

DATE: March 21, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Santa Rita Drive to be renamed Larry Valdez Way

City Council approved renaming a short strip of road that connects Colorado Highway 3 with South Camino del Rio in honor of a Durango native and Vietnam War veteran awarded the Silver Star Medal....

DATE: March 20, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango approves change to allow permanent supportive housing to help homeless

Durango City Council established a legal framework Tuesday to permit permanent supportive housing in city limits, an amendment to land-use codes that will allow developers to build affordable...

DATE: March 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Shooting victim’s lawsuit against Southern Ute police dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a La Plata County man who claimed the Southern Ute Police Department acted negligently by shooting the man. Officer Patrick Joseph Backer shot...

DATE: March 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

To resolve conflict, Durango resident reaches for old tool: Communication

Durangoan Rachel Turiel said her children don’t get allowance. She doesn’t punish them when they do something to upset her or others, and she doesn’t reward them when they do something she thinks...

DATE: March 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coffee and Conversation with homeless a chance to fill voids, end prejudices

Matt Longwell doesn’t come every weekend. He’s got a job, and that takes precedence over a free meal. But when he can make it, he’s not there for the food: He’s there for the conversation. ...

DATE: March 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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