Emily Hayes

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Straight-A Durango student, who had life interrupted, takes care of unfinished business

Jennifer Gallegos-Bay had the life of a normal 15-year-old before her sister became sick. A straight-A student, Gallegos-Bay pushed herself to do well in school. “My grades defined me at that age,”...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County celebrates 100 years of the 19th Amendment

The 19th Amendment became law on Aug. 26, 1920, a first step toward the right to vote for women. One hundred years later, the granddaughter of a suffragist drove with the League of Women Voters of...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfire smoke from across the West flowing into Southwest Colorado

Wildfire smoke has settled across Southwest Colorado, exacerbating record-high temperatures with an oppressive heat. The Pine Gulch Fire in Grand Junction, now the second-largest fire in state...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Painted pianos in Aztec a reminder to slowdown, enjoy the moment

People around the world have been limiting face-to-face contact to slow the spread of COVID-19, meaning stress and feelings of isolation have burgeoned. And then came a spate of ferocious wildfires...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Boebert rally in Cortez draws dozens concerned about individual liberty

Less than two months after Republican candidate Lauren Boebert knocked incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, out of his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the primary election, Boebert...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fentanyl drug use spiking in Southwest Colorado

Mancos deputy marshals pulled over a car about a month ago for a routine traffic stop, but what they found shocked them: 125 fentanyl pills, a powerful synthetic opioid typically used to treat...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Meteor shower over Southwest Colorado to peak Tuesday night

The popular Perseid meteor shower will peak Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning, with 50 to 75 shooting stars visible per hour. According to the American Meteor Society, there will be a...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM finalizes new wild horse management plan for Spring Creek Basin

The Bureau of Land Management has finalized a new plan for managing wild horses in Spring Creek Basin that builds upon current fertility control and bait-trapping practices. Although the plan...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango woman cares for 27 rescue horses during pandemic

Diane McCracken delicately makes her way down a muddy slope in the pasture to where two horses stand huddled in the corner. They stand side by side, back to front, using their tails to swish flies...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfire grows to 9 acres south of Durango

A wildfire broke out Saturday afternoon on Southern Ute tribal land near Bondad south of Durango. The Arkansas Loop Fire, which started about 3 p.m., had burned around 9 acres as of Saturday...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Big Picture High School celebrates with in-person graduation

Graduates of Durango Big Picture High School had the chance to celebrate their academic accomplishments with an in-person graduation ceremony Saturday evening. Friends and family spaced out across...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Virtual breastfeeding event addresses lack of resources in Southwest Colorado

Among the organizations seeking to create virtual connections during a global pandemic is the Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition. A global, virtual event for breastfeeding mothers kicked off World...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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