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Gov. Jared Polis has issued a statewide stay-at-home order for non-essential workers and activities.


Virtually free lodging offered to COVID-19 first responders and vulnerable people

When the world gives you lemons, you’re supposed to make lemonade. Premier Vacation Rentals Group, a vacation property management firm that operates in Durango and mountain towns across Colorado,...

DATE: March 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Charitable fund bolsters reserves, prepares to issue grants

Two nonprofits are partnering to bolster the bottom line of the Community Emergency Relief Fund so it is primed to respond to the needs of residents as job losses and displacements from the...

DATE: March 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 6 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Coalition forms to help restaurant workers prepare meals for those in need

Difficult times seem to bring out the best in people, and that’s proving true as Durango handles social and economic sacrifices to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The Good Food Collective , the...

DATE: March 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Supplemental food bags prepared at Durango Food Bank

Durango Food Bank began offering emergency supplemental food bags to in-need clients Tuesday until supplies run out in an effort to help people, especially those 60 and older, who might need to...

DATE: March 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores donates to town park, livestock training

The Dolores community has been generous with time and donations. Before longtime local Don Lightenburger died, he directed his family to make a donation in his name to the new Dolores playground...

DATE: March 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Community Foundation helps direct $1.82 million in charitable giving

The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado coordinated $1.82 million in charitable giving in the region in 2019, down almost half from 2018’s contributions. Giving to nonprofits and...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Philanthropic women organize in Durango to boost giving

A group of philanthropic women has formed in Durango to bestow thousands of dollars in donations on local nonprofits – and they’re doing it game-show style. “The idea is collective giving for a...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Manna helps Fort Lewis College students enroll in federal food assistance

A Durango nonprofit began work in January at Fort Lewis College to break the stereotype that students should exist on ramen noodles. Instead, the group is helping students enroll in federal...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

After three decades, Project Merry Christmas calls it quits

After 34 years of trying to make the holidays brighter for families and people in need, Project Merry Christmas has announced it will disband. In a statement posted to its website , the nonprofit’s...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kids give to kids in Pine River Shares food drive

BAYFIELD – Students collected almost 4,000 nonperishable food items for peers through the sixth annual Pine River Shares “Food, Friends and Fun” drive. During the drive, local businesses, community...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

After organizational shifts, Salvation Army’s donations, volunteers down

The Salvation Army’s organizational changes in recent years have taken a toll on donations and the number of willing volunteers to ring bells outside grocery stores after many residents in Durango...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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