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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Irish Pub to host county manager candidates event

Tonight could be residents’ only chance to meet the top five finalists for La Plata County manager before the position is filled.County commissioners and the team of county leaders who helped to...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Business tax credit could get ax

State tax credits for businesses in areas of the region designated as economically distressed could be in jeopardy next year. And in the meantime, businesses that take advantage of the credits will...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Commission ends comp-plan efforts

After more than $700,000 spent on consultant fees and staff costs, 150 community meetings and two years of work, the county’s proposed comprehensive plan officially died Thursday with a unanimous...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

County to decide what’s next with comprehensive plan

The county’s volunteer planning board will get an earful from community members at a public hearing today about the proposed comprehensive plan.After more than two years of work, $300,000 in...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Opportunity for change in air, say some S. Utes

A notable portion of the elected leadership positions for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe will be decided in a vote next week, and some tribal members say it’s an opportunity for change.On Wednesday,...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

County will limit land-use quick fixes

Residents and businesses considering new development or expansions will get a few code changes while waiting for county officials to craft new land-use regulations, county commissioners decided in...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Noel night to return to Main Ave.

For many big retailers, Black Friday is a critical piece of the annual profit puzzle. But for merchants in downtown Durango, Black Friday doesn’t even scratch the surface of what Noel Night means...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

County plans surgical cuts

Some cuts were too deep.That was the thinking behind La Plata County commissioners’ recent recommendation that county staff undo some proposed budget cuts to the county’s road and bridge...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Downtown Durango retailers vie for Black Friday shoppers

Millions of people will roust themselves from their turkey-induced slumbers at the crack of dawn Friday to take advantage of deals and discounts offered in ads everywhere for the biggest shopping...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Food banks facing bare cupboards

Demand has spiked at food banks around Colorado, and in Durango, the situation is dire. Sarah Smith, director of the Durango Food Bank, said the pantry isn’t even at its busiest season yet and...

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

Commissioners dump comp plan

After more than two years of work, 150 community meetings and $300,000 in consulting fees, county commissioners decided Monday against adopting a new comprehensive plan.“This has really become a...

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

Durango rental rates on rise

Rents are rising and competition for apartments is getting stiffer, a new state report shows.“Rental property is like any other commodity, from bread to crude oil,” said Clark Haggard, a housing...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News