Position: County reporter

Email: hscofield@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: 970 375-4575

About: Heather began her journalism career in 2005. Since then, she has spent her
time juggling the demands of family life with a husband and two energetic
children while working relentlessly to climb the ranks in print journalism.
She comes to the Durango Herald from the Daytona Beach News-Journal where
she worked as a news, feature and investigative reporter covering city and
county government, crime and business.
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N.M. charity gives special kicks for appreciative kids

Sometimes, a new pair of shoes is all it takes to make a child’s day bright.“I think every child who is experiencing something difficult or challenging is special and should be recognized for...

DATE: May 13, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Report touts small business center

Southwest Colorado’s Small Business Development Center continues to lead the way in creating economic growth, according to an annual report from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and...

DATE: May 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Expanded route in area’s future?

The loss of long-distance bus service in Durango left some people stranded and has prevented some from accessing medical services. But that could change if a proposal by Road Runner Transit to add...

DATE: May 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man seeks $5M from BP for firing

A local man who says he was falsely accused of drinking on the job and then fired after reporting safety violations is suing BP for more than $5 million in damages.Larry Holland, an employee of...

DATE: May 2, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tribe’s dilemma: Splitting $43 million

The Ute Mountain Ute tribe is abuzz with both hope and concern about how to spend a $43 million windfall stemming from a recent court settlement.Since news broke that the Ute Mountain Utes would...

DATE: April 27, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Possible medical pot ban is nixed

The announcement of a possible ban of growing operations sent ripples of fear through the medical marijuana industry in La Plata County. But the scare has passed, county commissioners learned...

DATE: April 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Business director says settlement could help tribe’s financial future

A recent $1 billion settlement between the federal government and 41 Native American tribes could mean an opportunity for one Southwest Colorado tribe to secure a more financially stable future, a...

DATE: April 23, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

When life gives you sheep, make dreams

A few years ago, 17-year-old Shawntell Stiner would have told you sheep are “stinky,” not dream-makers.But today her story is different, thanks to help from LOCAL Brands FARM Co-op. Now, the...

DATE: April 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bonds’ eggs in local restaurant

Thirty hens clucked at his feet, and they watched with interest as he slowly gathered their eggs from the coop.Later in the evening, 25-year-old Trent Bonds would carefully clean the eggs before...

DATE: April 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

One family finds niche for gluten-free products

Melinda Wood wanted to give her four children a taste of the business world.So she joined the LOCAL Brands FARM Co-op and enlisted help in caring for the family’s pigs and sheep from Naomi, 13;...

DATE: April 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local food brands take root

The LOCAL Brands Farm And Ranch Markets Cooperative, called FARM, is less than a year old, but already the concept has both roots and branches.Local customers with a growing desire to know the...

DATE: April 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercury is left unfazed by security breach

Despite a security breach of an estimated 1.5 million credit- and debit-card numbers, Mercury Payment Systems hasn't changed the card-processing company it uses, an executive said last week.“We...

DATE: April 21, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business