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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County’s technology message all mixed up

IGNACIO – When it comes to creating good-paying tech jobs, La Plata County is sending a mixed message, a panel of area technology consultants and executives say.One local technology marketing...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Economic Summit builds on past, adapts for future

IGNACIO – More than 230 business professionals from La Plata County and the region filled the Sky Ute Casino and Resort in Ignacio this week for the fifth annual Economic Summit.It was the first...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Fracking to get federal oversight

Environmental advocates lauded a Thursday announcement that federal regulators will develop national standards for the disposal of polluted wastewaters from fracking for natural gas.“We think this...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tipton: Federal laws gum up the economy

Unintended consequences from acts of Congress and campaigning occupied U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Tuesday during a visit to Durango.“I think it’s important we’re in contact with our community...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

New franchise concept on shaky ground

More awareness of healthful eating has produced a resurgence in the popularity of frozen yogurt. But Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s newest franchise concept, Aspen Leaf Yogurt, has run into...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

Ute Mountain Utes make ‘historic’ pact with state

The Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe’s Historic Preservation Office recently signed its first contract with Colorado’s historic preservation office, officials announced this week.Ed Nichols, state...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

County offers $70M budget

With little fanfare, La Plata County officials on Friday released their 2012 budget proposal.“We have budgeted very conservatively once again, as we should,” said Kellie Hotter, chairwoman of the...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Comp plan focus narrows

Discourse about development and approval of a visionary comprehensive plan to guide La Plata County’s land use for the next 20 years remained productive Thursday night as planning commissioners...

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

Federal contracts tougher to get

The Small Business Administration no longer considers La Plata, Montezuma and Archuleta counties to be economically disadvantaged.While that might sound like a good thing, some local businesses say...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Business

County lease rubs some the wrong way

County taxpayers are shelling out more than $8,675 per month to rent space for the county Clerk and Recorder’s Office in Bodo Industrial Park. And a few local residents are furious that the space...

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

S. Utes, gas firm ink air-quality deal

Cleaner air in and around the Southern Ute reservation is on the horizon, according to state and tribal officials.The Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Williams Four Corners, a natural-gas and oil...

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

Fraud charges stun friends of William Ballantine

Friends and supporters of William Ballantine said they were left reeling Thursday by the news of his indictment on federal fraud and money-laundering charges. A few, including Durango resident and...

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

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