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Animal Services director decides fate of thousands

Chris Nelson has decided the fate of thousands of dogs and cats as director of Animal Services at the La Plata County Humane Society. For 18 years, he’s determined when to put animals down and...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Garden Project starts weekly fresh produce distribution

Durango resident Jim Eaton lost 140 pounds in 10 months. His secret: backstroke swimming and eating vegetables from the free Manna Market produce stand at Durango’s soup kitchen. Three food-centric...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

No know-how? No problem at Powerhouse’s new Tinker Lab

Cecil Powell, 4, giggled with glee this week as he put pieces of felt into a wind tube at the new Tinker Lab at the Powerhouse Science Center and watched them float to the ceiling. The Tinker Lab...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Faith-based alliance seeks temporary shelters for homeless

A Durango faith-based alliance is working to set up temporary day and night shelters to offer homeless residents a refuge next winter. The Neighbors in Need Alliance plans to set up the shelters by...

DATE: July 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winners announced for 2019 Men Who Grill

Men Who Grill, an annual fundraiser for the Women’s Resource Center, took place Saturday at Buckley Park. The following groups and businesses won awards for their grilled creations: People’s...

DATE: June 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Food

Does La Plata County have too many nonprofits?

The number of nonprofits in La Plata County is a source of consternation for some community members, but determining whether the region is oversaturated is complicated, nonprofit directors say....

DATE: May 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofits turn to individuals, grants when business donations decline

La Plata County nonprofits have been challenged by business consolidations and declines in the oil and gas industry, but they are expected to be a resilient sector of the economy.

DATE: May 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

From living on streets to renowned tuba player: Richard White shares stories of childhood homelessness

Richard A. White, a classical tuba player, spent some of his earliest years living on the street in Baltimore, he told a crowd gathered Friday at the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County. As a...

DATE: April 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durangoan supports charity work in India with baked goods

Lessons learned during the U.S. recession helped Bernie David, a part-time Durangoan, form a sustainable nonprofit in India focused on helping women from the poorest backgrounds learn vocational...

DATE: April 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Faith-based groups organize to tackle homelessness in Durango

A fledgling effort to shelter homeless residents in Durango has attracted strong interest from area churches. A group of volunteers from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is organizing the effort to...

DATE: April 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Botanic Gardens launches app for self-guided tours

Visitors to the Durango Botanic Gardens now may take self-guided garden tours using a phone app. Former Durango Botanical Society Executive Director Cindy Smart built the app to engage tourists...

DATE: April 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community Foundation donations rise 20 percent in 2018

Giving to nonprofits and residents in need through the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado increased 20 percent in 2018, and that’s not even counting the $700,000 donated to help those...

DATE: March 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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