Jacob Wallace

Position: Herald Staff Writer

As Trump loosens restrictions, Democrats debate energy platform

Five environmental groups are suing the Trump administration over recently announced plans to open as many as 1.7 million acres in Western Colorado to drilling, fracking and mining exploration. The...

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

Colorado Democrats mount defense of U.S. Postal Service

Several Colorado politicians are joining national Democrats in their call to bolster the U.S. Postal Service as President Donald Trump seeks to reduce its capacity. The fight occurs as Trump has...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will pre-existing conditions be protected after Supreme Court takes up ACA challenge?

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear oral arguments on two cases challenging the Affordable Care Act a week after Election Day in November. This is the seventh challenge to the landmark health...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

White House withdraws nomination for Bureau of Land Management head

The Trump administration withdrew its nomination of William Perry Pendley to lead the Bureau of Land Management on Saturday after both Republican and Democratic senators said he would face tough...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

In a boon for oil and gas industry, Trump seeks to roll back rules on royalty payments

New rules released by the Trump administration last week seek to strip away royalty payment requirements on coal, oil and natural gas leases on public lands in a move widely seen as a boost for the...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Federal agency sets guidelines for reopening Native American schools

The Bureau of Indian Education set guidelines last week for reopening that would compel at least 53 tribal schools under its jurisdiction to begin in-person teaching. The decision, which includes...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

After decades of undercounting, Native Americans push to be represented in census

Norbert Nez is worried about the census. A self-described map enthusiast, he took a job with the Census Bureau in 1990 as an enumerator fresh out of college and eager to find a decent-paying job....

DATE: Aug. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Census hasn’t always counted Native Americans. Now it tries.

Norbert Nez is worried about the census. A self-described map enthusiast, he took a job with the Census Bureau in 1990 as an enumerator fresh out of college and eager to find a decent-paying job....

DATE: Aug. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bennet introduces bill to help tribal businesses obtain PPP loans

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow businesses that share an Employer Identification Number to submit Paycheck Protection Program loan applications. The rule...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango, Archuleta County receive $2.3 million in federal grants for transportation

The Federal Transit Administration will award Archuleta County more than $1.8 million and Durango Transit $479,444 to create a new bus facility and replace aging infrastructure, according to grant...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Broadband application period narrows for tribal governments

Tribal communities were excited to take a big step forward this year in broadband access, but a new decision by the FCC has put that progress in doubt for many. In February, the Federal...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

As relief expires, will Durango-area workers return to work?

Sean McCleary has been furloughed since March. A restaurant server in Durango, he was stuck collecting unemployment at home for months while his wife worked remotely. But in June, he traveled to...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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