Benjamin Mandile

Position: Herald Staff Writer

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

Hard work rewarded at La Plata County Fair

One by one, contestants led their pigs into a hay-covered ring to stand before a judge Thursday during the 4-H market and breeding swine show. Squeals erupted from pigs as contestants prodded them...

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

Sheared and shown: Sheep have their day at La Plata County Fair

A crowd gathered under the shaded livestock barn Wednesday as kids displayed their sheep for spectators and judges. The smell of livestock and manure were pungent in the air as the crowd waited for...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Fair is ‘Proud of the Past, Poised for the Future’

The theme for this year’s La Plata County Fair, “Proud of the Past, Poised for the Future,” is intended to pay homage to the ranching and handicraft history of the area and its residents, said...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Should Durango Parks and Recreation offer eGaming?

Durango is known for its outdoor lifestyle, but as the city looks to its future, video games could play a bigger role. It has been recommended the city consider adding eGaming to its diverse list...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Perseid meteor shower will compete with light of full moon

Stargazers hoping to watch the annual Perseid meteor shower this month may be disappointed because a full moon Aug. 15 likely will wash out a number of meteors from view. Rather than the usual 60...

DATE: July 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango snowboarder recovers after breaking neck, spine

Andy Hawk had plunged into the snow and taken falls a thousand times before during his 35 years snowboarding, but this time was different. This time, when his head hit the wet, powdery snow, it...

DATE: July 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Fiesta Days to feature parade, rodeos through weekend

The 83rd annual Durango Fiesta Days will celebrate local history and culture through the weekend with a parade and rodeos. At 10 a.m. Saturday, there will be a parade on Main Avenue from College...

DATE: July 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofits help mitigate spread of weeds around 416 Fire burn area

Southwest Conservation Corps and Mountain Studies Institute have partnered on a project to help landowners mitigate weed growth that came as a result of the 416 Fire. A work crew from Southwest...

DATE: July 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Heat wave may be receding in Southwest Colorado

Southwest Colorado will soon receive a reprieve from above-average temperatures. A high-pressure system sitting over the region is blamed for the above-average temperatures, including nine days so...

DATE: July 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Just laugh and be happy,’ says 104-year-old Durango woman

It’s not every day that someone in Durango turns 100 – much less 104 – but one resident has hit both of these milestones. Allene Pera, who lives at Sunshine Gardens Senior Community, celebrated her...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two arrests made in connection with break-ins at Fort Lewis College

A man and a woman have been charged in connection with breaking into buildings and stealing and eating food at Fort Lewis College. In a Facebook post on June 18, FLC police sought the public’s...

DATE: July 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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