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Position: Education & Business/Real Estate Reporter


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

Volunteers make community Thanksgiving dinner possible

Volunteering at the Durango Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a family affair for Josh and Heather Freeman. On Thursday morning, the Freemans’ daughters, Bailey, 14, and Zoe, 11, joined them at the...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Big Picture High School graduation rate fails to meet federal standards

Durango Big Picture High School has been identified as needing support and intervention by the Every Student Succeeds Act because of its inconsistent four-year graduation rate. The act targeted Big...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango JC Penney converts to clearance center

Thousands of items at JC Penney are on clearance, touting savings up to 70 percent across the entire store. The JC Penney at the Durango Mall is one of six store locations across the nation...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Durangoans gather for Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

People who gathered in Durango on Saturday as part of the annual International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day talked about their grief of losing people they know, but most on their mind was: Why is...

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

Anonymous hotline sees increase in calls from students

More students are making more calls to a statewide anonymous hotline to report concerns about their safety or the safety of others, a trend that educators regard as positive. “Kids are feeling more...

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

Purgatory Resort to open Saturday despite warm weather

Warm weather is no deterrent for Purgatory Resort’s opening day Saturday, when the ski area will celebrate its 52nd season. Resort spokeswoman Kim Oyler said Purgatory nearly doubled its snowmaking...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College professor uses robots to go where no man has gone before

As a roboticist, Ryan N. Smith has monitored algae blooms off the coast of Southern California and mapped the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Smith uses robots to gather data in dangerous and...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Veterans Day parade draws large crowd to Main Avenue

Vietnam veteran Larry Bewley is outspokenly anti-war. Bewley served four years in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. On Saturday morning, he marched alongside his fellow servicemen in the...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Veterans face challenges going from military life to academic life

Fort Lewis College student Jake Yost suffered from depression during his transition into civilian and student life after a five-year stint in the U.S. Armed Forces. Yost, 31, served in the Navy for...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College honors its veterans

Fort Lewis College students, faculty and staff honored military veterans on campus Friday during a series of events organized by the Student Veterans Club. Events included a Missing Man Table...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Shere Byrd ekes out win for Durango 9-R board seat

Durango School District 9-R Board of Education candidate Shere Byrd pulled off a narrow election victory against opponent Emily Newcomer in a neck-and-neck race to represent District E. Unofficial...

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

Handwoven rug store opens on Main Avenue in downtown Durango

T he inside of Durango Rug Company closely resembles the Istanbul Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. The business, which opened last month at 747 Main...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business