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

Florida Road apartments ready for tenants this fall

A 20-unit apartment complex will be ready for lease this fall at the corner of Florida Road and North College Drive, and it’s expected to draw college students. Foundation is laid and framing is...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Avalanche survivor wants to spare others from tragedy

There’s no better feeling in the world” than to be hit by an avalanche probe after 10 minutes trapped beneath 5 feet of snow. Like many Durangoans, Jeremy Bird is drawn to the pristine yet imposing...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County to update building code

Significant updates may be on the way for the La Plata County building code, which could mitigate some of the building department’s everyday problems. The department plans to update its code, based...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County weighs cost-cutting options

To save pennies as revenue streams take a nosedive, La Plata County officials are considering a possible reduction of cellphone stipends and county-provided phones for employees. The proposal is...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County approves drone policy

A policy regulating La Plata County’s use of drones was unanimously approved Tuesday by commissioners, opening the way for the county to use the devices for rescue missions and other uses....

DATE: Jan. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mirador phase two begins

After a decade of stalled construction, the second phase of the Mirador development, known locally as “Box on the Rocks,” began last month, with a spring completion date for the duplex being built....

DATE: Jan. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Additional environmental study planned for Hesperus coal mine expansion

Federal agencies announced this month that they will conduct additional environmental analyses of a Hesperus coal mine’s expansion plans. GCC Energy , which owns the King II coal mine, wants to...

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

Hesperus ranch placed on historic register

HESPERUS – Helen Ruth Aspaas lives in a white house a mile south of the Old Fort campus in Hesperus. The old coal-burning stoves are gone, and additions have been built, but the structure’s...

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

Wildlife autopsy reveals cause of death for Purgatory lynx

A lynx found dead this month at Purgatory Resort died of natural causes, wildlife officials confirmed Wednesday. A necropsy of the animal found a tumor in his throat that prevented him from...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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

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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