Durango, Bayfield and Ignacio unsure what to expect from federal funds

U.S. Congress passed the $2 trillion CARES Act to ease the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic last week, but state and local governments are still trying to parse how to implement the $150...

DATE: April 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County behind state, nation in census response

Wednesday was Census Day – a reference date, not a deadline – and La Plata County is slowly making progress on the 2020 census count, despite nationwide coronavirus-related delays. The U.S. Census...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Town of Bayfield names one finalist for manager job

Bayfield this week announced one finalist for the permanent town manager position, Katie Sickles, the town’s current interim manager. The town received 26 applications for the position, although...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County grinds to a halt after stay-at-home order

On Day 1 of a statewide stay-at-home order, Durango and La Plata County roads appeared congestion-free, parking lots were all but empty and residents seemed to have heeded Gov. Jared Polis’ mandate...

DATE: March 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield declares state of emergency in response to COVID-19

The town of Bayfield declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bayfield followed emergency declarations from Colorado, La Plata County, Durango and Ignacio, making...

DATE: March 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stranded on dream vacation: Bayfield residents face travel restrictions in New Zealand

A Bayfield family scheduled two dream vacations for March, one in California, the other in New Zealand. Then, the nation’s response to the viral illness COVID-19 ramped up. One half of the family,...

DATE: March 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local agencies suit up, turn on UV light to fight coronavirus

In the battle against coronavirus, first responders are stocking up on the tools they need to stay safe, including personal protective equipment and ultraviolet lights that zap the potentially...

DATE: March 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Road crews will close Bayfield intersection next week

The intersection of Bayfield Parkway and County Road 509 will be closed to through traffic Monday through Friday. During the closure, La Plata County will perform intersection upgrades to improve...

DATE: March 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield, Forest Lakes respond to emergency declaration

The town of Bayfield, the Bayfield School District and other Bayfield-area entities announced closures and policy updates in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and La Plata County’s emergency...

DATE: March 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield trustee candidates prioritize recreation economy

Bayfield Board of Trustees candidates emphasized the local economy, recreation and activities for children in the weeks leading up to the April 7 municipal elections. Residents who live within town...

DATE: March 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Low turnout at La Plata County caucuses Saturday

Republican and Democratic caucuses around La Plata County had low turnout on Saturday compared with years past – and Super Tuesday, a confusing process and the balmy 60-degree weather may have had...

DATE: March 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

March brings food, rodeo and women’s history to the Pine River Valley

Communities in the Pine River Valley – from Vallecito to Ignacio – have a host of happenings this month, including a junior rodeo, events around Women’s History Month and several food-centric...

DATE: March 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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