Benjamin Mandile

Position: Herald Staff Writer

No, it’s not an invasion: Tarantulas are just coming out to mate

The time of year is approaching when residents of Southwest Colorado are likely to encounter more tarantulas than usual. It’s not uncommon to see the hairy, eight-legged creatures scurrying across...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Arboles woodworker reclaims pallets

Wooden pallets at the end of their lives are finding a new purpose through the rustic craftsmanship of one Arboles woodworker. Chris Myles finds, cleans and strips down pallets at his workshop and...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Roosa Avenue Connect would add foot path, safety measures

Durango city officials hope to improve pedestrian safety, connectivity and accessibility on Roosa Avenue between Ninth Street and El Paso Street, in part, by adding a 10-foot-wide, shared-use path....

DATE: Aug. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Motorcyclists to roll in this weekend for Four Corners rally

Motorcyclists from far and wide are expected to descend this weekend on Southwest Colorado for the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally. The rally will feature new events and accommodations, including a...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pup shot, left for dead, has new home on La Plata County ranch

RED MESA – Gil “the wonder pup,” a paraplegic dog from Arizona, completed his journey to find a “forever home” when he arrived last week in southwest La Plata County. Gil’s journey started more...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

High Country Hustle set for first album release

Local bluegrass band High Country Hustle is set to release its first studio album, both through online distribution sites and in hard copy, in either late August or early September. The group put...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Music

Families flock to stores with back-to-school supply lists

Crayons, markers, pencils and notebooks were in high demand Monday as parents scrambled to do last-minute shopping before Tuesday’s first day of school. Supply lists in hand, families made the...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Teens memorialize friend with mural at Big Picture High School

Community members are installing a mural at Big Picture High School in memory of Kaila Craig, a 19-year-old Durango woman who died in a car crash earlier this summer . The idea to create a mural...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

When will Southwest Colorado receive relief from the heat?

The National Weather Service expects temperatures to remain in the upper 80s or lower 90s into next week in Durango. Meteorologists said residents can expect “warm, dry and breezy” conditions this...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango seeks feedback on electric vehicle charging stations

Two surveys on the city of Durango’s website gathering input on the potential use of electric vehicle charging stations in town will be used in determining where EV drivers juice up their cars next...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drivers battle in demolition derby

A crowd packed all three stadium stands Saturday watching cars and trucks smash into each other at the 22nd Demolition Derby at the La Plata County Fair. Smoke billowed and dirt flew as drivers...

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

La Plata County Fair kicks into high gear

A man in a blue lab coat listened intently as contestants explained their rabbits’ characteristics, including fur, health and personality. Family, friends and curious onlookers stood in a...

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

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