Katie Fiegenbaum

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Farm Bill conservation programs take a hit

Though the most recent federal Farm Bill was passed in February, few state and local agencies know yet exactly how they will be affected. One of the big changes in the bill, however, was a...

DATE: May 17, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

The price of going organic

Organic food and agriculture has been a hot topic for many years in and around Durango, so some may find it surprising that only five out of the 1,124 producers in La Plata County and three out of...

DATE: May 16, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Common sense has prevailed’ for spent grain

WASHINGTON – Breweries, beer drinkers, livestock owners and beef consumers in Durango and across the country can all breathe a sigh of relief: The FDA is not going to halt the practice of using...

DATE: April 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hey, you, got wind power?

WASHINGTON – Providing certainty for tax credits that boost the wind-energy industry has proved anything but smooth sailing in Congress, but Colorado’s two senators are using their weight to get...

DATE: April 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

If you could ask anything ...

Once a year, leaders of various federal departments and agencies testify in front of their respective congressional committees, generally on behalf of a budget request. After the testimony, each...

DATE: April 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Natural gas could increase global security

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., continued his push for expanded exports of liquefied natural gas at a U.S. Senate committee hearing Tuesday. The hearing focused on the potential for the...

DATE: March 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Here’s a leader the White House honored

WASHINGTON – Anthony Ciocco, Ancestral Lands crew leader for the Durango-based Southwest Conservation Corps, was honored earlier this week at the White House for his work to engage and lead Native...

DATE: March 21, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tipton talks Hermosa Creek

WASHINGTON – The House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a hearing on the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act (HR 1839) on Thursday. Here’s what you should know...

DATE: March 5, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Park Service: $3M lost in shutdown

WASHINGTON – A report issued by the National Park Service yesterday illuminated some of the impacts of last October’s government shutdown on national parks and their surrounding communities. The...

DATE: March 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Making every drop of water count

WASHINGTON – It is well-known that water availability across the Western United States is a big problem, affecting farmers, ranchers, cities and everyone in between. There have been fights in the...

DATE: March 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfire funding change in the works

For years, the money used to fight wildfires has come from Forest Service and Department of the Interior budgets even when costs greatly exceed allocated funds. Last year, this meant reallocating...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

What are Tipton’s priorities?

Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, has challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, to debate bills passed by the House of Representatives and let the legislative process work. “We have 173 bills...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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