Death and dying

Bliss Bruen, longtime community organizer and visionary, dies at 74

Helen Elizabeth “Bliss” Bruen, a stalwart volunteer in the Durango community who served on countless boards and brought her visionary ideas to fruition, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, at her home in...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Sandy Young, rancher and activist, dies at 64

Sandy Young may not have been a household name to everyone in Southwest Colorado, but her tireless public service has certainly been felt by anyone who enjoyed the wilderness and mountains. Young...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango firefighter, paramedic dies after decades of service

Former Durango paramedic and firefighter Mike Jones, 64, died unexpectedly this week leaving behind a legacy of compassion. For many years at Durango Fire, new paramedics were required to work...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff to investigate fatal McElmo Canyon shootout

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office is still waiting on results of a federal investigation into an officer-involved shootout in McElmo Canyon in February that left one man dead. But Sheriff Steve...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofit, backed by funding, looks to reduce DUIs

As the number of people who die in crashes caused by alcohol or drugs rises statewide, a coalition in La Plata County is forming to encourage responsible driving. In 2016, 191 people in Colorado...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office investigating murder-suicide

The Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder-suicide in the Pagosa Lakes subdivision, about six miles north U.S. Highway 160 as it runs through Pagosa Springs. The Sheriff’s...

DATE: March 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Names of victim and Montezuma County deputy involved in shootout released

The names of the victim and Montezuma County deputy involved in a deadly shootout in McElmo Canyon Feb. 15 have been released by the FBI and Sheriff’s Office. On Wednesday, FBI spokeswoman Sandra...

DATE: March 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Body found near McPhee Reservoir is identified

A body discovered Friday in the Sage Hen area has been identified as Erick Hurley, 31, who had been missing since March 2017, reports Montezuma County Sheriff Steve Nowlin. The cause of death was...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coroner: Owner of Durango Rafting Co. died from enlarged heart

The owner of a rafting company who was found dead last month died from an enlarged heart with a secondary diagnosis of micronodular cirrhosis of the liver, according to an autopsy report released...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Report: 69 Colorado residents prescribed aid-in-dying meds

DENVER – A state report says 69 Colorado residents were prescribed aid-in-dying medication during the first year of a law that gives terminally ill people the power to end their own life. The state...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Edward Kutzleb, longtime Durango school superintendent, dies at 88

Edward L. Kutzleb, 88, who served as superintendent of Durango School District 9-R from 1968 to 1989, died Jan. 20 after a bout with pneumonia at the Cottonwood Inn and Rehabilitation and Extended...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Rafting Co. owner found dead at home

The owner of Durango Rafting Co., Tom O’Keeffe, was discovered dead in his home Wednesday, said La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith. O’Keeffe was last seen alive on Christmas Eve. Smith said she has...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News