Position: Reporter

Email: lgroskopf@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: 970-375-4576

‘Home, home on the range …’

The annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering, a showcase of rustic musical and iambic talent, began Thursday, with exhibitions to continue through the weekend.No real flames are involved, but through...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County kids are hanging in there

Children in La Plata County are faring better than the state average by some measures, and worse by others, according to the Colorado Children’s Campaign, a nonpartisan advocacy group.Every year,...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

State’s health-insurance exchange beginning to take shape

One year from now, Colorado residents and small businesses with fewer than 50 employees will have the opportunity to compare, contrast and purchase health-insurance plans online in a one-stop shop...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

A shepherd journeys from the Andes to the Rockies

The lifestyle of Hugo Rojas is not for the faint of heart.For months on end, he goes without running water and other comforts. He braves inclement weather, confronts predatory wildlife and endures...

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

Cortez couple loses adopted mustangs

Three formerly wild mustangs are in Bureau of Land Management custody after being confiscated from their owners last week.Ray and Wendy Williams, who live in Cortez, surrendered ownership of the...

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

Presidential proclamation creates Chimney Rock monument

PAGOSA SPRINGS – It's official.After about five years of lobbying and congressional negotiating, President Barack Obama signed Chimney Rock National Monument into existence with the stroke of a pen...

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

Federal officials: Climate change hits home

Hotter temperatures, shorter winters, more beetles, larger wildfires and dwindling fiscal resources: This is the sobering future in store for U.S. forests, according to two government officials.In...

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

That’s what (Facebook) friends are for

On Aug. 24, staff members at Manna Soup Kitchen found themselves lacking enough volunteers to prepare and serve the midday meal. Normally church, business and civic groups show up for pre-arranged...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Do smartphones distract students?

When it comes to cellphones, what was once a novelty is now ubiquitous.Last fall, for the first time, the number of wireless subscriber connections in the United States – nearly 323 million –...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pagosa residents chilly to Wolf Creek development proposals

PAGOSA SPRINGS – Concerned residents and conservation groups assembled at the Aragon Recreation Center on Wednesday night to discuss the future of the proposed resort atop Wolf Creek Pass.For 25...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cyclists out, students in

Excitement, and a little apprehension, was in the air Thursday as incoming Fort Lewis College freshmen moved into their dorm rooms and met roommates for the first time.Between intermittent rain...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Time for a face-lift

Jogging outside? Swimming in the bathtub? Heaving children aloft as makeshift barbells?Fitness buffs are improvising with their exercise routines this week – or maybe consenting to a few days off –...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News