Emily Hayes

Position: Herald Staff Writer

San Juan National Forest fire 100% contained

A small fire sparked up close to Relay Station Road east of Bayfield near the La Plata County line early Saturday, burning only 90% of an acre in the San Juan National Forest before the U.S. Forest...

DATE: July 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Frustrated by rise in COVID-19 cases, Colorado governor says, ‘Wear a damn mask!’

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Colorado grows, state leaders and health agencies are ramping up their efforts to educate the public about the importance of wearing a mask and avoiding large...

DATE: July 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two finalists named in search for new Durango city manager

Durango City Council on Thursday announced two finalists in its months-long search for a new city manager. And in a bit of a twist, Interim City Manager Amber Blake announced Thursday she has...

DATE: July 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How has social distancing changed cohousing community in Southwest Colorado?

At least twice a week, a dinner bell rang to call children exploring the great outdoors back home and adults in their houses to the community dinner at the Heartwood Cohousing community in...

DATE: July 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango townhome proposal, with rented studio space, receives cool reception

Durango City Council is considering a proposal for a townhome development on Rosemary Lane off of U.S. Highway 160 in the western part of the city. Of the 16 townhomes proposed, nine would have...

DATE: July 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Survey asks residents how they feel about tourism impacts

Long before Colorado shuttered for the COVID-19 lockdown, the Durango Area Tourism Office was working to avoid the overtourism problems that have befuddled other nearby destinations, such as Rocky...

DATE: July 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango receives grant funding to build electric vehicle charging stations

The city of Durango has received $55,000 in grant funding to build electric vehicle infrastructure, such as charging stations, over the coming year. La Plata Electric Association said in a letter...

DATE: July 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sweetwater Lake purchased by national environmental nonprofit

Despite the six-hour drive from Durango, Sweetwater Lake in Garfield County has been a popular place to go boating, hiking and camping for decades in Colorado. But large swaths of the expansive...

DATE: July 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How GOP newcomer Lauren Boebert won the primary election

In a decisive Democratic primary election, former state legislator Diane Mitsch Bush prevailed over business owner James Iacino to earn a spot on the ballot for the 3rd Congressional District’s...

DATE: July 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Citizen-led Bayfield parade celebrates Independence Day

An Independence Day parade organized by Bayfield residents marched down East Mill Street on Saturday morning, after the town government canceled the official Fourth of July parade earlier this...

DATE: July 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mexico-Colorado line wildfire grows to 100 acres

A wildfire broke out on the Colorado-New Mexico line near Cox Canyon near Aztec on Saturday. It quickly grew to 100 acres because of strong winds and dry conditions, similar to the Six Shooter Fire...

DATE: July 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dove Creek man drifts across U.S. Highway 160 after possible seizure

A pickup truck drifted across traffic on U.S. Highway 160 on Saturday as the driver suffered from a medical episode, possibly a seizure. The truck stopped after crashing into a tree in front of the...

DATE: July 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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