Outgoing La Plata County commissioners reflect on past eight years

In 2013, when incoming La Plata County commissioners Gwen Lachelt and Julie Westendorff stepped into office, the county’s operating budget was spiraling, the oil and gas industry was plummeting and...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

After 44 years, Butch Knowlton retires from La Plata County

After 44 years of tirelessly serving La Plata County, it was finally time to throw a party for Butch Knowlton as he approached retirement. But that turned out to be easier said than done. “We tried...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trial accusing Durango railroad of starting 416 Fire to take place in Denver

A federal judge has ruled that a trial in which the U.S. government seeks to recover an estimated $25 million from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for fighting the 416 Fire will take...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire turned out to be a healthy burn for the forest, new studies find

As more research is done within the 416 Fire burn scar, it’s becoming increasingly clear the blaze that burned in summer 2018 was a healthy fire for the landscape, which is already showing strong...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Judge denies request by Durango train to resume fire mitigation, bridge repair

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s plea to a federal judge for permission to resume a fire mitigation project along its tracks, as well as a separate project to repair a damaged...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Incoming storm raises concern over flooding from 416 Fire burn scar

A flash flood watch has been issued for Southwest Colorado from Friday night through Saturday afternoon as a strong storm moves into the region, raising concerns about debris flows off the 416 Fire...

DATE: June 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory Resort’s insurance company sues D&SNG for 416 Fire losses

Purgatory Resort’s insurance company has filed a lawsuit against the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for costs associated with the 416 Fire. Granite State Insurance Co., based in New...

DATE: June 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge throws out D&SNG’s attempt to escape 416 Fire lawsuit

In a major blow to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a federal judge Monday threw out the railroad’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which the U.S. government is seeking $25 million for...

DATE: June 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rare cutthroat trout, saved in 416 Fire, set to be released back into the wild

While firefighting crews were in the throes of battling the 416 Fire as it rapidly spread through the San Juan National Forest north of Durango in June 2018, an unlikely rescue mission was being...

DATE: May 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Millions spent to control runoff from 416 Fire burn area

After the 416 Fire in summer 2018, the risk of floods and debris flows became a new, constant threat to the homes below the burn scar around Hermosa, said John McLeod, who lives in the area. “It’s...

DATE: May 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango railroad purchases four diesel locomotives

After a historic drought year in 2018 that culminated in the 416 Fire, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad owner Al Harper promised to bolster his fleet with engines that run on oil and...

DATE: April 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango garden club beautifies burn scar to celebrate 80th anniversary

The Garden Club of Durango celebrated its 80th anniversary Monday by funding 400 seedlings in the 416 Fire burn scar through the U.S. Forest Service Plant-a-Tree program. The garden club,...

DATE: March 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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