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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Brighten your Durango home for ‘Blue Monday,’ remainder of winter

Blue Monday – the term coined for the supposed “most depressing day of the year,” which falls on the third Monday in January – is approaching. Though Blue Monday’s origins are baseless and...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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New ID cards to help 9-R schools, parents track students

Tracking equipment being installed on Durango School District 9-R buses will give the schools and parents a new safety measure to keep up with students. By the end of the school year, each of...

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

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New analysis suggests $1 million tax loss for La Plata County

The state’s preliminary findings on anticipated residential property tax assessment rates for Colorado counties in 2018 show La Plata County could lose up to $1 million. The study is based on...

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

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La Plata County, health department to seek more Gold King money

The San Juan Basin Health Department and other local entities plan to appeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s Oct. 31, 2015, cutoff for Gold King Mine spill compensation, arguing that related...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Homeowners’ tax break is trouble for La Plata County budget

Residential property owners are expected to get a tax break that will spell more trouble in 2018 for the La Plata County budget. Colorado properties will be reappraised this year, which happens...

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

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Emergency shelter project at La Plata County Fairgrounds to move forward despite short grant

La Plata County has changed a project to provide emergency shelter at the county fairgrounds after a state grant came back short of the original request. In December, La Plata County Emergency...

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

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Four La Plata County officials take oath of office

Four La Plata County officials took the oath of office on Tuesday morning, including two county commissioners, the county surveyor and the district attorney for the 6th Judicial District. District...

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

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Privacy, public notice discussed as La Plata County prepares to use drones

Privacy and public notification were at the forefront of conversations at a public open house on Tuesday to discuss county regulations on using unmanned aerial systems. La Plata County dedicated...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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La Plata County Sheriff to rent jail beds to boost revenue

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office plans to close its budget gap this year by expanding its jail bed rental program, opening as many as 60 beds to state parolees in the substance-abuse program....

DATE: Jan. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Despite recent accidents, chairlift mishaps are rare

The odds of dying in an elevator are statistically greater than those of dying from a chairlift fall. Yet, lift safety might be on the minds of skiers and snowboarders after two harrowing incidents...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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What’s trending in Durango kitchen designs

If a home remodel is in the forecast for 2017, there’s a good chance it’s the kitchen, which is among the most common home improvement projects as well as one of the most lucrative when it comes to...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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La Plata County drone policy discussions begin

County officials took a first look Tuesday at a draft of regulations that provide an overview of privacy objectives, training requirements and general provisions of using drones the county...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News