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Melissa Castro

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Let the mining begin?

A skull and crossbones greets traffic on County Road 124 approaching the historic May Day and Idaho mines: “Mother Nature is Very Angry,” the sign pronounces in white, block letters.But Mother...

DATE: May 21, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Turning bottles into water

In the late A.D. 20s or thereabouts, Jesus of Nazareth reportedly turned water into wine at a wedding in Cana. It earned him a lot of admirers. Now, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad...

DATE: May 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dandelion debate

On a quiet back road near Turtle Lake, a metaphorical battle is being waged between neighbors Katrina Blair and Scott Sallee. The two fight over city contracts, but the differences are...

DATE: May 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

City, Masons agree to cemetery swap

Dying is generally not an easy thing to deal with, but for the next 10 years or so, at least you won’t have to “kill” for a place to be buried.Running low on space for its dead, Durango has struck...

DATE: May 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trail extension creates tension

Three years, nine proposals and 13 public meetings into the planning and development of the Animas River Trail’s northern extension, residents affected by the plan still seem to have two words for...

DATE: April 25, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chapman not just for skiing?

Chapman Hill, the city’s public ski hill, soon may get a new role as a summer destination.Trails 2000, a Durango-based nonprofit that builds, maintains and promotes trails, is proposing a bike...

DATE: April 23, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Call her Ms. Mayor

Earlier this month, you could start calling the councilor formerly known as “Christina Rinderle Thompson” just Christina Rinderle. But as of Monday, you might want to address her as Mayor...

DATE: April 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Get a look at two new routes for extending river trail

The Durango Parks and Recreation Advisory Board tonight will consider two new proposals for the first portion of the Animas River Trail extension.The newest proposals, the eighth and ninth...

DATE: April 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercury plan clears a hurdle

At an otherwise lighthearted meeting, Durango’s newly installed City Council last night unanimously approved the “preliminary development plan” for the 58-acre Mercury Village site south of the...

DATE: April 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Changing facade of Main

Main Avenue shop owner Nina Quiros spent much of this spring in Africa, helping to develop small-business owners among the indigenous population. When she returned to Durango, the 600 block of...

DATE: April 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tarnished Silverton?

First it was the “flame war,” then it was real flames, the kind that engulf the bone-dry wood of historic buildings, devouring homes and businesses.The tiny hamlet of Silverton is reeling from the...

DATE: April 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

White, Marbury claim city seats

Two educators, Dick White and Anita “Sweetie” Marbury, will be the next two members of the Durango City Council.Of the more than 6,000 votes recorded, White and Marbury pulled in 2,185 and 1,705...

DATE: April 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

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