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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These days, ‘oldest old’ have company

The Great Depression was raging, displacing people from their homes and shoes from their feet. But a young Marion Layman was basking in the Florida sun, catching brim with a cane pole while her...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

New plan for county land-use code?

Back to square one – sort of.After a failed two-year, $700,000 process of developing a comprehensive plan for the purposes of writing a new land-use code, followed by a decision to write new...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pricey tractors not earning keep on small, local farms

Some in the food and agriculture industry are sounding the alarms. The future of our food is in jeopardy, they say.“I don’t know what the answer is, but something has to change or we’re not going...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County gets an A+ rating in finance

As government entities around the nation and globe struggle to keep their credit ratings from crashing, La Plata County recently saw its credit rating improve.Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

S. Utes, county, state ink planning pact

La Plata County is growing. So is the Southern Ute Indian Tribe community.That realization led officials with the tribe, Colorado Department of Transportation, La Plata County and Ignacio to spend...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

County has guarded optimism for ’12

La Plata County entered 2012 with “strength and optimism” and on solid financial ground, Bobby Lieb, chairman for the county commission, said Tuesday during the annual State of the County...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

County sees abundance of applications for Planning spots

More applicants than La Plata County typically receives for its volunteer boards are vying for two regular posts and an alternate position on the La Plata County Planning Commission.The bump in...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

USDA official: Food system unsustainable

When it comes to food, everyone has a stake in the game.Whether local residents are selling, producing or simply eating the stuff, they’re impacted by the infrastructure that surrounds local food...

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

Study yields answers about coal-mine fires

A six-year study about a coal mine fire on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation is providing useful information for managing similar situations elsewhere, a consultant told a meeting of the Gas and...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

More bets, more fun

The newest casino to hit the area doesn’t have the Sky Ute Casino Resort shaking in its boots. Instead, casino executives at the Ignacio facility say the competition is welcome.“We know that...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: Business

Outlook poor for construction, credit in county

Despite some optimism on the job front in La Plata County, local experts say 2012 growth prospects remain dismal for a few key industries.The credit and construction industries are likely to...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

2012 economic forecasts: ‘Wrong or lucky’

As locals ring in the New Year today with resolutions and moments of wonder about what the coming year might hold, jobs and the economy will weigh heavy on the minds of some.That’s because economic...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

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