Community Relations Commission foresees progress on diversity in 2021

It was a year of friction in Durango and across the nation as social reform protests and counterprotests swept the country. In response, the city government says it will prioritize diversity,...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are tiny homes an affordable housing solution for high-priced La Plata County?

For Sandra Brooks, living in a tiny home was an easy, affordable way to spend her retirement. “I wanted a place I felt I could live the rest of my life,” said Brooks, a resident at Escalante...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Elected officials grill Mercy over lack of transparency about COVID-19 pandemic

Elected officials in Southwest Colorado grilled Mercy Regional Medical Center at a public hearing Thursday for not being transparent and for sending mixed messages about the COVID-19 pandemic,...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango business owners air frustrations with COVID-19 restrictions

The Durango City Council heard from sometimes desperate restaurateurs dealing with lost business as Level Red restrictions banning in-person dining move beyond their first month in La Plata County....

DATE: Dec. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District 9-R commits to protect Buckley Park

Durango School District 9-R agreed Tuesday to enter negotiations with the city of Durango to find a land swap that would preserve Buckley Park. The school board voted 4-0 to accept a memorandum of...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

NPR casts spotlight on Durango’s COVID-19 battle

NPR turned its eye to Durango this week in response to the city’s biggest COVID-19 outbreak and federal discussion about vaccine approval. In a four-minute segment , NPR host David Greene asked...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango businesses jump on city’s COVID-19 relief grants

The requests are in: 145 Durango businesses and nonprofits applied to receive the city’s COVID-19 relief grants as of the application deadline Wednesday. Durango City Council and staff launched the...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango gives restaurants hand up with reimbursement program

The city of Durango has launched a partial reimbursement program for restaurants and food establishments facing high third-party delivery fees. A dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases pushed La Plata...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango invests in new diversity-focused efforts for 2021

The city of Durango plans to spend at least $30,700 in 2021 on new diversity-focused projects in response to calls for social reform during protests this summer. After Minnesota police killed...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy says ‘capacity’ a moving target; staffing a growing concern

After a bit of a scare last week amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in La Plata County, officials at Mercy Regional Medical Center say capacity to care for patients is not an issue, for the time being....

DATE: Dec. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango to invest in land stewardship, with help from state grant

The city of Durango is stepping up its land management efforts in 2021 with the help of a $140,600 Great Outdoors Colorado grant. The GOCO Resilient Communities grant pays for one-time, immediate...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango vows to crack down on public health order violations

The city of Durango announced Friday it plans to crack down on pandemic-related public health violations at restaurants as tensions rise in the business community. Some restaurant owners announced...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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