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Hundreds gather in Durango to protest police violence

“Say his name,” yelled protesters into megaphones Saturday in Durango. “George Floyd,” yelled a crowd of about 300 people participating in the Justice for George Floyd March. Community members...

DATE: May 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 1 day 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado clarifies data reporting of COVID-19 deaths

Colorado changed the way it is reporting deaths related to COVID-19 that could clarify the state’s understanding of the disease. Days after Montezuma County disputed the state’s coronavirus death...

DATE: May 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado pauses to remember COVID-19 victims

Cities, counties and organizations across Colorado turned their building lights red at 7 p.m. Friday to honor those who have fallen victim to the coronavirus. In Colorado, 878 people died from...

DATE: May 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County disputes state’s coronavirus death count

The Montezuma County Coroner’s Office is disputing the state’s claim of a third fatal case of the coronavirus in Cortez, saying the person died of alcohol poisoning. County Coroner George Deavers...

DATE: May 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police identify man found dead behind Walmart

Police on Tuesday identified a man found dead behind Walmart in Durango as 46-year-old Matthew Smith. Smith was found unconscious, not breathing and blue in color about 2:50 p.m. Sunday in a tent...

DATE: April 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police investigating ‘suspicious’ death behind Walmart in Durango

The Durango Police Department is investigating a suspicious death that occurred Sunday behind Walmart in Durango. Police and medics were notified at 2:50 p.m. of an unconscious man not breathing...

DATE: April 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Polis signs bill abolishing Colorado death penalty, commutes 3 death sentences

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday signed into law a bill abolishing Colorado’s death penalty , simultaneously commuting the sentences of the three men on the state’s death row. Polis converted the death...

DATE: March 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Grieving La Plata County residents find healing through yoga

Kaiti Rhea Countryman, an Ignacio resident, needed a place to quiet her mind and process her grief after losing several family members since 2010. So she turned to a yoga mat. Countryman and her...

DATE: March 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Health

COVID-19 test results not yet complete in La Plata County man’s death

Results of a COVID-19 test performed on a La Plata County man after his death had not been completed as of Thursday, according to the Coroner’s Office. The man, identified as a local resident in...

DATE: March 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Funeral home owners arrested for harvesting, selling bodies

Two women who own Sunset Mesa Funeral Home in Montrose were arrested Tuesday for selling body parts or entire bodies without consent of the family of the deceased, according to the U.S. Attorney’s...

DATE: March 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man who died in La Plata County being tested for COVID-19

A man in his mid-40s died last week of pneumonia on his second visit to Mercy Regional Medical Center – and now the La Plata County Coroner’s Office says it is awaiting the results of a COVID-19...

DATE: March 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Information expected next week about Sonntag death

Law enforcement officials may take another week before releasing information about how local professional cyclist Benjamin Sonntag died after colliding with a driver last week near Marvel. Law...

DATE: March 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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