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Adaptive Sports volunteer to be honored Saturday at Purgatory Resort

Ross Ehrhardt turned a once-tragic situation into a legacy of helping disabled men and women grow stronger through learning to ski. He founded the Learn to Ski Scholarship at Purgatory Resort and...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Pet or service animal? The distinction matters

Sue Garlick needs to connect with her students, but it’s not always easy. As a special education teacher in Cortez, building a rapport with her students can be the difference between effective...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado agrees to $1M settlement over strip searches

PUEBLO, Colo. – Colorado officials have agreed to pay $1 million to the families of 20 developmentally disabled patients who were strip searched without permission from their families or guardians...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Durango business, nonprofit honored for improving accessibility

After Kevin Brennan, the owner of five Exxon gas stations in Durango, was sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act last year, he took the opportunity to do some remodeling. “It wasn’t...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Puebloan with autism overcomes hurdles en route to college

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – Even before he was diagnosed with autism while in kindergarten, Luke Gebbink’s life’s journey wasn’t without its hurdles. Before entering preschool, Gebbink lost the ability to...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Dove Creek skier inducted into Hall of Fame

Paralympic skier Mary Riddell has that calm, cavalier attitude needed to fly down a ski slope at over 60 mph and bring home the gold. The steely, compact athlete who grew up in Dove Creek said she...

DATE: March 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Will Durango, La Plata County prioritize accessibility?

As the city of Durango begins planning on how to avert a budget shortfall in 2020, members of the disability community questioned political leaders on what’s being done to meet their needs for...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pickleball helps Durango woman beat back depression

Six months ago, Cathy Sykes was sinking deeper into depression, an illness she has suffered with most of her life. “She felt her life was really kind of over,” Sykes’ mom, Barbara Elliott, said....

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Advocate wins state award for work to help people with disabilities

To celebrate the 26th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disability Act last year, Jason Ragsdell led a small crusade through downtown Durango, targeting businesses with poor...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango to reduce height of 400-plus parking meters

The city of Durango will cut the height of more than 400 parking meters in coming months to bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to Wade Moore, parking...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Service dog owner butts heads with Vallecito restaurant

A man who says he was discriminated against for having a service dog in a restaurant earlier this month in Vallecito has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice’s disability rights...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Ag Expo gives kids their moment in the rodeo arena

CORTEZ Forty children got a chance to enter a rodeo arena Thursday during a debut event at the Four States Ag Expo at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. The Ag-ceptional Rodeo gives local youths...

DATE: March 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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