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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County delays manager decision

After nearly nine months and two rounds of searching, La Plata County commissioners did not vote on a new county manager Wednesday as expected.They delayed discussing five finalists for the job and...

DATE: March 28, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Down to 5, county manager candidates meet the public

La Plata County commissioners will open more of the county manager selection process to the public, County Commissioner Bobby Lieb, said Monday.“It’s a response to criticism in the first round...

DATE: March 26, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Time to say goodbye to gas?

The average price of gas topped $4 last week. And a recovering global economy could mean higher-than-expected prices for the year.“As gasoline prices go up, the impact reverberates through our...

DATE: March 25, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

County postpones decision on medical pot

County commissioners have decided to delay by one month a decision about whether to ban medical marijuana operations and licenses in unincorporated areas of the county.A public hearing on the...

DATE: March 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Insurance issues may kill medical pot in county

County commissioners on Tuesday will consider a ban on medical marijuana facilities in unincorporated La Plata County.Insurance problems prompted the reversal after the county has spent months...

DATE: March 21, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County names manager finalists

In a second go-round at trying to fill the vacant county manager position, all but one of the candidates being considered this time is from Colorado.Bobby Lieb, chairman of the La Plata County...

DATE: March 20, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Indian activist inspires audience

Swirling snow silhouetted Russell Means’ lean frame and broad brimmed hat as the 73-year-old Oglala Sioux activist spoke, slowly and deliberately, to the silent room before him.Children, students,...

DATE: March 18, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

3 vie to take up ‘higher profile’ reins

Hiring a new department head isn’t typically a public process in La Plata County. But after a year of community controversy surrounding planning, officials opted to publicly introduce on Friday...

DATE: March 16, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Climate plan’s suggestions may re-emerge

La Plata County commissioners this week declined to adopt a plan that aimed to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the county by 80 percent between now and 2050, but at least one commissioner...

DATE: March 14, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mergers help Colo. hospitals achieve profits

There really isn’t a middle ground for the hospital business in Colorado. Hospitals are either reporting strong profit margins or struggling to scrape by, according to a recently released report.To...

DATE: March 13, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

County declines climate proposal

On a divided vote, La Plata County commissioners declined Tuesday to formally adopt an expensive long-range plan that took 2½ years to write.“I’m extremely disappointed,” said Heather Erb, vice...

DATE: March 13, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fracking forum drills into water use

It’s a technique that has been used for decades. But as natural-gas and oil development efforts surge around the nation and controversy grows about the way the resources are pulled from the ground...

DATE: March 12, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

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