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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Home, home on the solar panel?

Dry, fallow land must now replace the potatoes, carrots, spinach and hay that once emerged from 80,000 acres of carefully turned soils in the San Luis Valley.“We are in a shortage situation...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

County begins land-use code work

Controversy killed La Plata County’s proposed comprehensive plan earlier this month, but that hasn’t stopped county officials from attempting to develop a new set of land-use regulations.And that...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s job numbers up

Santa has more help this year to make today a merry occasion for thousands of La Plata County’s kids.According to the latest employment reports, more locals had work this holiday season than last...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Many weigh in on regional drilling plans

Federal land-management officials received more than 36,000 letters weighing in on an assessment of the potential impacts of a gas play that could bring 1,700 new wells over four counties in the...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Consultant named interim planning head

Gary T. Suiter, a Carbondale-based consultant, will step in as La Plata County’s interim planning director when Erick Aune leaves early next year, officials announced this week.Aune resigned Dec....

DATE: Dec. 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

County planning director resigns

La Plata County’s planning director resigned this month – one day after an appointed volunteer board dumped a proposed comprehensive plan that cost more than $700,000, 150 community meetings and...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Investing in a green revolution

La Plata County’s billion-dollar tribe is looking to the future of energy to keep its wealth secure.“This is not going to pay us back next week or next year,” said Bob Zahradnik, director of the...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Southern Utes swear in new chairman

Unity, change and a promising future were among the prevailing themes Thursday as the Southern Ute Indian Tribe welcomed three new faces to its leadership ranks.Though theirs is a small tribe among...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Holidays challenge nonprofits

Besides a season of shopping and food, local economic-development and business professionals say the holiday season’s history of charitable giving holds critical cues for the local economy.That’s...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

County passes $74M budget

La Plata County will move into the New Year with a $73.9 million budget, county commissioners decided Tuesday with a unanimous vote.“We don’t consider the budget adoption to be the end of the...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

County commissioners vote on rules for medical pot

With a unanimous vote Tuesday, La Plata County commissioners created a new set of licensing regulations and fees for the county’s flourishing medical marijuana industry.“In a matter of months, we...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

County to purchase bank property

The county will be paying cash when it buys the Vectra Bank building on East Second Avenue next year. But officials will complete paperwork that helps keep the options open should they want to use...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News