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. Read More

Living on Main Avenue

Main Avenue is Durango’s hub and source of nightlife. It’s one of the most expensive yet coveted places to do business. And for some, it’s a place to live. Sirens, parades and events, chatty...

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

La Plata County may pilot license tag renewal kiosk

The dreaded task of renewing one’s motor vehicle tags may soon become a painless process that can be done in minutes. La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Parker said the county intends to...

DATE: March 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Treasurer’s Office audit expedited

An audit of the La Plata County Treasurer’s Office is expected to begin as early as this month, ahead of schedule, in an effort to identify and correct errors related to operational procedures. On...

DATE: March 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County employee wins award for emergency-management work

La Plata County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom McNamara received a state award Tuesday for his work in the past year. McNamara modestly accepted his award for Southwest Colorado Emergency...

DATE: March 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County to upgrade energy efficiency codes

La Plata County’s energy efficiency codes for residential and commercial buildings are expected to make a significant leap this year, increasing current efficiency standards by about 15 percent. ...

DATE: March 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Former firefighter to receive hero’s send-off

Family and friends remember Capt. William “Iron Bill” Dowling as a man who didn’t let injuries stand in the way of a romp outside. Dowling died Tuesday from complications of injuries he suffered...

DATE: March 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

County mulls replacing blueprints with digital docs for land-use permits

By transitioning to an electronic system to submit land-use applications, the La Plata County planning department expects to save the county about $30,000 each year, as well as potentially hundreds...

DATE: March 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County treasurer to fill vacancy, fix problems

La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously, if reluctantly, to allow the treasurer’ to upgrade and fill an office position that could cost as much as $12,000 more. Treasurer Allison...

DATE: March 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

After 30 years, Robert Scott plans to sell his clock repair business

For 25 years, Robert Scott has lived in a house on Florida Road four miles east of town where he also repairs clocks and makes jewelry. After more than a quarter century, he said it’s time to sell...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New housing scams coming on the market

Housing scams can get the best of any renter, home buyer or real estate agent, particularly in hot real estate markets, and Durango is no different. Certain rackets have been around for years,...

DATE: March 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Work piles up as county treasurer’s office faces staff, procedural problems

Work overload, processing delays and staff turnover have caused the La Plata County Treasurer to request permission to hire an employee with a higher skill level to help rectify problems within the...

DATE: March 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

FCC allows Denver TV to be shown in La Plata County

The Federal Communications Commission granted a petition on Wednesday that is expected to bring Denver-based television access to La Plata County as early as this summer. The county was the first...

DATE: March 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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