Jessica Pace

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: jpace@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4586

About: Jessica Pace is from Nashville and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2011 with a bachelor of science in journalism and minors in music history ... and creative writing. She freelanced for American Songwriter magazine, Music Connection and other publications before she was hired full-time at the Home Page Media Group, an independent paper based outside Nashville, in 2013. She covered education, state and county government for two years for the Home Page before coming to The Durango Herald in 2015.

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Crashes decrease in Durango’s busy Camino del Rio corridor

One of Durango’s busiest throughways, South Camino del Rio, has historically earned complaints from motorists about the safety of its intersections. But an inspection of data collected before and...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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La Plata County building codes to take on tiny house provisions

La Plata County could take another tiny step toward housing diversity by considering a brand new international building code provision to address tiny house construction. “The International Code...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Elementary school may finally get public road access

Durango School District 9-R is expected to vote this month to contribute money to Hermosa Meadows Road improvements, which would be a step toward the roadway becoming public. The school board is...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Fort Lewis Aquatics Center remains closed after pipe break

A week after a burst sprinkler pipe flooded the Fort Lewis College Aquatics Center , the facility remains closed while cleanup continues. Fort Lewis College spokesman Mitch Davis said Wednesday a...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Dove Creek man gets 15 years for girlfriend’s death

A Dove Creek man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in jail followed by a mandatory five years of parole for strangling and killing his girlfriend. William Blackburn Jr., 46, was charged with...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Federal courts move in as La Plata County Courthouse construction wraps up

After a year of construction, remodeling at the La Plata County Courthouse is nearing completion, and the new space is expected to be occupied and open for business Tuesday. Work began in February...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Public land support draws crowd to La Plata County Commission meeting

Dozens of residents packed a La Plata County commissioner meeting Tuesday in support of a resolution on public lands the panel was to vote on. Commissioners reaffirmed their support for keeping...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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La Plata County delays vote on marijuana regulations

A vote to repeal and replace certain portions of La Plata County’s marijuana licensing regulations was pushed to next month so the code language can be massaged a final time. County commissioners...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Historic designation for wagon road stalls under federal transition

Another roadblock lies in front of federal protections for a historic wagon road connecting La Plata and San Juan counties. A U.S. Forest Service official said last week an internal policy is...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Spring Creek Village lots available

Construction has picked up at a small La Plata County development that’s marketing affordable lots three miles east of town. Phase two of Spring Creek Village off Florida Road is underway, with 17...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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La Plata County to consider changes to marijuana licensing codes

La Plata County commissioners are expected to vote this week on proposed revisions to marijuana licensing codes that will reduce staff time and streamline the process for cultivators in the...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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La Plata County property tax bills include increases for schools

Annual property tax bills have been mailed, and they look a little different this year for taxpayers living within the Bayfield or Durango school districts. Voters approved mill levies for both...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News