Death and dying

Local vape shops to diversify after national news of hospitalizations, deaths

Some retail vape shops in Durango are looking to diversify their business models after reports about hospitalizations and deaths associated with vaping drove a sales decline. “About a fourth of my...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two-vehicle crash kills one, injures another south of Cortez

A two-vehicle crash killed one man Tuesday south of Cortez on U.S. 160/491, according to the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office. The collision occurred just before 1 p.m. and involved a white Ram...

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

Dove Creek boy, 8, dies after feeling ill

An 8-year-old boy attending Seventh Street Elementary in Dove Creek died after school Thursday, said Montezuma County Coroner George Deavers. Dolores County School District RE-2J identified the...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lon Erwin, longtime leader of Durango nonprofits, dies at 78

Lon Erwin, a longtime leader of Durango nonprofits, died Sunday in Farmington from Parkinson’s disease. He was 78. Erwin was the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County, the...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man found dead near Animas Air Park is identified

An autopsy Thursday confirmed 57-year-old Durango West I subdivision resident David Brion died by suicide Monday near Animas Air Park, according to the La Plata County Coroner’s Office. Sheriff’s...

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

Judge denies plea deal in crash that killed Greg Ryder

A La Plata County judge Tuesday rejected a plea agreement in a careless driving case that resulted in the death of Greg Ryder, a longtime, regular performer at the Diamond Belle Saloon and The...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

57-year-old man found dead south of Durango

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspected suicide after finding a body Monday evening south of Durango with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A passerby reported a...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Conversations of the great beyond percolate at Death Cafe

BAYFIELD – On one side of a door at Pine River Library, visitors quietly returned books or typed away at computer keyboards in the brightly lit library. On the other side, 12 people sat in a...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County seeks volunteers to tell DUI stories

Drunken driving is dangerous, but hundreds of people in La Plata County do it each year, according to state court records. Cyndi Lindquester wants to change that, and she needs volunteers to help....

DATE: Nov. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposed budget includes funding for new autopsy room

The La Plata County Coroner’s Office space crunch issues might soon be coming to an end. In its proposed 2020 budget, La Plata County proposes to fund a new autopsy room for the Coroner’s Office by...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman killed, man injured Friday evening in Archuleta County explosion and fire

An explosion and fire Friday evening in Archuleta County killed a woman, injured a man, destroyed a detached garage and damaged an adjacent home, according to law enforcement. Archuleta County...

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

Durango man dies ‘messing around’ with Colt .45

A Durango man died by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head early Thursday in Durango while using a weapon he believed to be unloaded, according to the La Plata County coroner. Steve Torres, 21, was...

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

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