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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inventory, interest rates top real estate concerns for 2017

The past year for La Plata County real estate was a steady one in sales, a slow one for in-town builds and a diverse one for new and advancing projects. For the first time, partially because of...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

2 to 6 inches of snow falls on Durango, San Juans

Flurries flew Saturday morning and quickly morphed into a steady snowfall that lasted through the afternoon and brought Durango 2 inches of snow as the new year approached. Law enforcement...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Park Elementary School teacher remembered as selfless, giving

Park Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Beth Brunso will be remembered by friends and family as a giver. Brunso died Sunday of suicide. She was 48. Sven Brunso, Beth’s husband of 21 years,...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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