Emily Hayes

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Durango-La Plata County Airport sees increase in air travel

The number of airline passengers traveling through Durango-La Plata County Airport has increased steadily since the coronavirus pandemic nearly halted air travel in April. “Our trajectory continues...

DATE: July 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

RVs prove popular in Southwest Colorado for mid-pandemic vacationers

The coronavirus pandemic halted much of the travel industry in late March, an industry that helps fuel Durango’s economy. Flights were grounded, hotel rooms were left vacant and people were told to...

DATE: July 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango family raising money for 5-year-old in need of heart transplant

Alanna Lucero is a typical 5-year-old. She likes bouncing on the trampoline and playing with her siblings and kids from school. But she needs a heart transplant, and she needs it soon. Alanna was...

DATE: July 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Everything you need to know about Colorado’s new mask law

Gov. Jared Polis announced a statewide mask mandate this week that took effect early Friday. The order requires people in Colorado who are older than 10 to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth...

DATE: July 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Colorado governor issues mandatory, statewide mask order

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday issued a statewide mandatory mask order for public places that takes effect 12:01 a.m. Friday. The mandate requires anyone older than 10 to wear masks in public indoor...

DATE: July 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will Colorado impose travel restrictions for COVID-19?

La Plata County is experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations at Mercy Regional Medical Center, according to health department data and comments made this week at a Durango City...

DATE: July 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Efforts to improve education in Southwest Colorado just became harder

Tigo Cruz wears a dusty green baseball cap with Mancos scrawled across the front and a button-down blue shirt untucked from khaki pants. He’s driving his big, black SUV down a gravelly dirt road...

DATE: July 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Concrete barrier causing bottleneck on Camino del Rio removed

A concrete barrier in front of Town Plaza on Camino del Rio in Durango was taken down Tuesday after crews completed a raised median and turning lane for a new hotel. The median provides a dedicated...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Spike in La Plata County COVID-19 cases tied to ‘gatherings,’ indoor parties

La Plata County reported 48 new cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks, and Archuleta County has reported five new cases, the largest growth in cases in 10 weeks for both counties. San Juan Basin...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Contact tracing sheds light on local COVID cases

La Plata County reported 48 new cases of COVID-19 and Archuleta County reported five new cases during a two-week period, the largest growth in cases in 10 weeks for both counties. San Juan Basin...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Some international students can’t return to FLC campus in the fall

Eight international students will not be able to return to Fort Lewis College in the fall because the United States is not permitting citizens from the European Union or the Schengen Area to travel...

DATE: July 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trails less traveled in Southwest Colorado

It is easy to understand the draw of Ice Lake’s Caribbean blue water, or the challenge of Horse Gulch’s climb to sweeping vistas. But overuse has trampled natural areas and introduced toilet paper...

DATE: July 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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