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Position: Police & courts reporter


Phone Number: (970) 375-4561

About: Mia Rupani is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Point Park University in 2016 with a double major in journalism and broadcast reporting. Prior to moving to Durango in July 2016, she worked as a reporting intern for Downtown Express, a newspaper serving lower Manhattan in New York City. Read More Hide

Inmate who smuggled heroin into jail sentenced to probation

A 33-year-old Durango man was sentenced Friday to two years probation for smuggling heroin into the La Plata County Jail in November. Aaron Claycomb pleaded guilty to introducing contraband drugs,...

DATE: April 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Unaffiliated candidate joins race for La Plata County sheriff

A San Juan County Sheriff’s Office deputy has tossed his hat into the ring for sheriff of La Plata County. Adrian Dean Mize is a La Plata County resident who owns San Juan Sky Outfitters. He also...

DATE: April 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Final Fort Lewis College presidential candidate visits campus

Teresa Balser has a soft spot for liberal arts despite her doctorate in soil microbiology and undergraduate degrees in biology and earth sciences. Balser is one of three candidates vying to assume...

DATE: April 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis to correct Congressional Record

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis will correct the Congressional Record after misidentifying a Bayfield family as his constituents, said Jessica Bralish, Polis’ spokeswoman. The congressman, a Democrat running...

DATE: April 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tiny anglers first to experience Lake Nighthorse

Makayla Salazar, the first person to catch a fish in Lake Nighthorse, is too young to remember the construction of the long-awaited lake. Lake Nighthorse was approved by Congress in 1968 to fulfill...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man suspected of killing wife scheduled for trial

A Durango man suspected of strangling his wife last year in the Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park is scheduled to face trial in two weeks. Silvino Martinez-Perez is charged with first-degree murder...

DATE: March 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis incorrectly claims constituents on House floor

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis is declining to say if he will correct the congressional record after misidentifying a Bayfield family as his constituents during an April 2016 speech on the U.S. House floor....

DATE: March 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vehicles targeted for vandalism in Durango

The Durango Police Department is investigating a rash of vehicle vandalism cases in town. Cmdr. Ray Shupe said more than 20 cars have been keyed since March 23. Some vehicles had smiley faces...

DATE: March 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmington police fired four shots at Bayfield man

A Farmington Police Department officer fired four shots at a Bayfield man who tried to stab him in a Motel 6 earlier this month during a standoff with police, according to New Mexico State Police....

DATE: March 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Police Department to add four-legged officer to force

The Durango Police Department will add a four-legged officer to its force this summer. Cmdr. Jacob Dunlop said the canine is expected to hit the streets by mid-June. “It will be working more of an...

DATE: March 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coram, McLachlan share views on gun issues

As Durango residents prepared to gather for a march to speak out against gun violence on Saturday morning, state Sen. Don Coram was just blocks away telling his constituents that lawmakers need to...

DATE: March 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Over 1,000 take part in March for Our Lives rally in Durango

An estimated 1,300 people in Durango marched along Main Avenue on Saturday in sync with hundreds more demonstrations around the country in a rallying cry against gun violence and a plea for safer...

DATE: March 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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