Death and dying

Deputy cleared in fatal McElmo Canyon shootout, then is fired

A U.S. attorney has cleared a Montezuma County sheriff’s deputy who killed a man during a shootout in McElmo Canyon in February, but the deputy has been fired for violating department policy. Sgt....

DATE: Oct. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos library hopes to normalize conversations about death

Mancos has joined thousands of other cities around the world as it begins hosting a regular event known as a Death Cafe. The event is hosted by the Mancos Public Library and facilitated by the...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man found dead Thursday near Dog Park is identified

A man who was found dead Thursday under a bridge near the Durango Dog Park has been identified as Patrick Mulligan, who is believed to have been living as a homeless man on the banks of Lightner...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man’s body found near Durango Dog Park

Police are working to identify the body of an elderly man found under a bridge near the Durango Dog Park on Thursday morning. A man and a woman walking under a pedestrian bridge over Lightner Creek...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man found dead near Durango Dog Park is identified

A man found dead last week near the Durango Dog Park has been identified as Dawson W. Radau, 27, of Orlando, Florida. An autopsy was performed Wednesday in Durango. La Plata County Coroner Jann...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman found dead in Iris Park is identified

A woman who died Sunday in Iris Park under suspicious circumstances has been identified as Nicole Paula Wagner, 25, of Durango. Wagner had been in Iris Park with her boyfriend around 10:25 a.m....

DATE: Oct. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman dies in Iris Park

A 25-year-old woman died in Iris Park in the late morning Sunday, and an investigation into the cause of death is underway, said Sgt. Nick Stasi of the Durango Police Department. Stasi said a call...

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

Connections are key to preventing youth suicide across La Plata County

Emma Harmon wasn’t planning to try to take her life when she started driving north on U.S. Highway 550 one February night in a snowstorm. “I just felt so out of control, at that point. It was like...

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

City employee dies of injuries suffered on job

A Durango city employee died earlier this month of injuries suffered while on the job, officials said Friday. The employee, Moises Dominguez, worked for the city’s solid waste, trash and recycling...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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 | 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

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