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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Behind closed doors

A municipal judge can throw somebody in jail. A county manager can make or break economic development. A school superintendent influences the quality of children’s education.How job candidates are...

DATE: March 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

David Black drops out of commissioner race

Competition is dwindling in what was a candidate-heavy race for the District 3 La Plata County commissioner seat.Democratic candidate David Black has bowed out of the race just one day after...

DATE: March 9, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

$204 million headed Colorado’s way in foreclosure aid

State Attorney General John Suthers released a proposed plan Friday about how to spend Colorado’s $204 million portion of a settlement with the nation’s five largest banks over their foreclosure...

DATE: March 9, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pennington out of race for county board post

The Republican party’s county assembly this week ended one local man’s bid for La Plata County commissioner.Roger Pennington, who said he longed to see more average people in government leadership...

DATE: March 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pennington joins county commissioner race

His great-greandfather brought the first train-car load of honey bees to Colorado. Now his sights are set on a job as a La Plata County commissioner.Bayfield resident Roger Pennington, a...

DATE: March 7, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Baxstrom in race for county commissioner

The list of people who think they can bring change to La Plata County politics from District 3 is growing.Harry Baxstrom, a longtime Bayfield-based veterinarian, announced his candidacy Tuesday for...

DATE: March 6, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge drops Art Charette’s firing case

A district court judge has dismissed a case filed against La Plata County by ousted volunteer planning board member Author “Art” Charette.“We believe this confirms the legality of (commissioners’)...

DATE: March 4, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Giving local tourism a push

Tourism is a critical component of Southwest Colorado’s economy. And understanding the trends, programs and plans for tourism around Colorado can ensure local businesses are taking advantage of...

DATE: March 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

New-business formation lags in county, state

Entrepreneurial spirit will save the day. American ingenuity will create new companies and jobs and a better economy.It’s common morale-boosting rhetoric that often peppers public officials’...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

DMR’s owners sell California ski area

Kirkwood Mountain Resort, which is near Lake Tahoe and shares the same majority owners as Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, will be acquired by Vail Resorts, the companies announced...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

David Black seeks a commissioner’s post

Just after noon Tuesday, David Black led a handful of people gathered outside the courthouse in reciting The Pledge of Allegiance before announcing he will seek a seat on the La Plata County Board...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chained to the road

Every now and again, the passengers push the bus. (Or at least they try to.)Montezuma County resident and former Durangoan Dick Sandlin has had his share of memorable moments in the 25 years-plus...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

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