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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Profits, social responsibility can mix

A new corporate structure designed to bridge the gap between nonprofit and for-profit companies has arrived in the Four Corners.Among the area’s first companies to take on the new low-profit...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Manna from heaven

Her voice cracked with emotion as Durango resident Kim Thomas spoke of her arrival here five years ago. She was homeless, living in her car, sleeping at a local park and using the area soup kitchen...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

County narrows manager candidate field

The last time La Plata County was searching for a manager, it cost taxpayers about $30,000 for the consultant who led the search, officials said. This time, commissioners opted to let staff do the...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gas companies address air violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced settlements with Williams Four Corners and ConocoPhillips for Clean Air Act violations on the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Uncle Sam throws a curve ball

Some local businesses depend on federal contracts to keep them, and their employees, working. But proposed changes in policies that currently make landing those jobs easier for Durango companies...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Former planning commissioner sues La Plata County

A decision made in a meeting that lasted less than 12 minutes could land county officials in court.Authur “Art” Charette, former alternate La Plata County planning Commissioner, has filed a lawsuit...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mining opponents raise more alarms

Frustration rumbled through the room Friday as locals learned arsenic was found in a water source at a local mining site and that nothing has been done to rectify the problem.It wasn’t the first...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fed economists offer ‘sobering’ view

News and predictions proffered Thursday by Federal Reserve economists at an economic forum in Durango were not the rosy reports of a speedy economic turnaround some were hoping for.Archuleta County...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents, visitors here marooned without a car

Seasonal tourist influxes, an airport located outside Durango’s city limits and hard-to-reach rural residential areas can make it difficult to ensure public or private transportation is available...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Owners click with consumers

Small business owners juggle a lot.There are local, state and federal tax records and filings to be done. Accounting, inventory, board meetings, customer service, advertising and numerous other...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Regulators recommend mine OK

Over public objection, the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety has recommended a conditional permit approval for Wildcat Mining Corp.County Commissioner Wally White called the state...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

S. Utes at ‘crossroads of change’

Members of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe have been lodging complaints against their leaders for months.Their concerns cover a multitude of areas in tribal governance, including health care, tribal...

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

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