Position: Reporter

Email: SMueller@DurangoHerald.com

Phone Number: 970-375-4526

Draft version of city ethics code unveiled

The city of Durango has released a draft version of the city’s ethics and conduct code, but accountability may be lacking in the initial attempt. The draft document says part of the mission of the...

DATE: July 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Councilor admits to zoning infraction

Durango City Councilor Keith Brant admitted to renting his primary residence in the city as a vacation rental last year, violating zoning rules. Tuesday’s meeting started with his public statement...

DATE: July 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lightning keeping fire crews busy

Firefighters and other emergency responders have fought 68 wildfires on federal lands in the last 10 days, the Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center said Monday in a news release. Firefighters...

DATE: July 14, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upgrades at gas plant cut pollution

New equipment is helping natural gas and energy company Williams reduce gas emissions at its Ignacio plant. The project, which was four years in the making, replaced seven gas compressors and three...

DATE: July 11, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Property tax revenue declines $15M

La Plata County staff members have scheduled a public meeting to kick off the county’s 2015 budget process. Residents are welcome to attend the July 23 meeting and offer comments. Staff members...

DATE: July 11, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango unveils ADU enforcement proposal

City officials presented a plan to oversee accessory dwelling units and crack down on illegal units to Durango city councilors Tuesday. Community Development Director Greg Hoch said staff presented...

DATE: July 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lightning sparks fire near Piedra River

Crews were working a wildfire that broke out Wednesday night between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs in the San Juan National Forest. Lightning ignited the KV Fire, which is headed uphill on the west...

DATE: July 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Holes in health care

The safety net of health-care services in La Plata County has big holes. Area residents are going without critical mental-health, substance-abuse, dental and primary care because of a lack of...

DATE: July 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

More people parking downtown

More people are parking in downtown Durango even with the rise in rates. That was the message from the city’s parking department update Tuesday to the Durango City Council. The presentation covered...

DATE: July 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Funding available for new health centers

The federal government is making funding available for new community health centers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services could award $100 million in grants for new centers in Colorado...

DATE: July 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire chiefs hold off on burn bans

This time of year, lightning strikes are common in La Plata and Montezuma counties, but the number of fires started as a result remain low. La Plata County commissioners got an update on the fire...

DATE: July 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Council reconsiders vacation rentals, pot

The Durango City Council’s meeting Tuesday was full of twists and turns as councilors reversed course on some recent decisions and one recused himself from voting. Councilor Keith Brant abstained...

DATE: July 7, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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