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

Report: La Plata County food stamp enrollment stagnant

The percentage of eligible individuals receiving food assistance in La Plata County remained stagnant from 2015 to 2016, though some neighboring counties made strides, according to a new report. ...

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

Activism blends with academics for Fort Lewis College professor

Amidst the dawn of a new presidential administration and the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline issue, demonstrators, it seems, are a more frequent sight both nationally and in Durango. To many,...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan, Montezuma commissioners oust longtime water board members

Two longtime representatives of the Southwestern Water Conservation District board have been ousted from their seats. Board President John Porter and Vice President Steve Fearn, representatives of...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango retailer Silk Sparrow’s window shatters

A glass storefront window at the Silk Sparrow clothing retailer shattered Saturday morning, either from a Snowdown alien intervention, or possibly a mannequin in the store falling against the...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County builders grapple with upcoming changes

Several changes are poised to shake things up for La Plata County’s building industry this year, including updates to building codes and potential taxes on new development. Last month, the county...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Coal boiler sparks federal lawsuit between Hesperus neighbors

A dispute brewing between Hesperus neighbors over a coal-fueled boiler prompted one to file a federal lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court in Denver. Robert Bridges and Karen Nakayama have...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Colorado rules raise cost of primary elections in La Plata County

The next primary election could cost La Plata County as much as 33 percent more than in 2016 because of two state rules approved by Colorado voters last fall. Both measures include unaffiliated...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

County wants water, alternative routes considered in proposed mine expansion

La Plata County officials want robust water monitoring and pressure taken off County Road 120 as federal agencies analyze the King II coal mine’s expansion plans. The Bureau of Land Management and...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County OKs letter on tribal water standards application

As expected, La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, asking for a transparent process as the Southern Ute Indian Tribe seeks a...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Utes pursue EPA-approval for water-quality standards

As the Southern Ute Indian Tribe pursues federal approval to set and manage water-quality standards, La Plata County officials are calling for a transparent process and clarity on which waters...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Open Space celebrates 25 years of land conservancy

La Plata Open Space Conservancy turns 25 in March. Because of it, more than 30,000 acres of land in seven counties are to remain untouched by development. The land trust manages about 20,100...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ditch, reservoir convention to tackle water, climate issues

The Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance will hold its 15th annual convention Feb. 15-17 in Ignacio. The nonprofit, founded in 2001, helps Colorado ditch companies, irrigation districts, farmers,...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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