La Plata County enacts Stage 1 fire restrictions

La Plata County entered Stage 1 Fire restrictions Tuesday, falling in line with other land management agencies as dry and hot weather conditions pose an increasing threat of wildfire. “The last...

DATE: May 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado’s ‘mega-drought’ raises wildfire concerns

Extreme drought has crept back into Southwest Colorado. This time last year, after the winter of 2018-19 brought significant snowpack to the Rocky Mountains, headlines and reports across the West...

DATE: May 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Honey House Distillery whips up hand sanitizer for first responders

In early March, Kevin Culhane, co-owner of Honeyville, made a call to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: The coronavirus was coming to Colorado, and people would need hand sanitizer. “It was...

DATE: April 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado fire chiefs call for six-month ban on open fires

Colorado’s fire chiefs have asked Gov. Jared Polis to ban all open fires statewide for a period of six months as a matter of safety for the public as well as firefighters amid the coronavirus...

DATE: April 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ag burns putting up smoke visible in Durango

Smoke, like that visible Tuesday morning in northeast Durango, is expected on and off for the next three weeks as farmers burn last year’s grass growth in ditches to prepare for irrigation season....

DATE: April 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is Southwest Colorado prepared for COVID-19?

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads in Colorado, La Plata County organizations face limited resources while working as fast as possible in a constantly shifting regulatory and emergency environment...

DATE: March 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nancy versus the cell tower

Nancy Van Dover says she is a prisoner in her own home. Since January, it has become too physically painful to be around electromagnetic fields, like those emitted by high voltage power lines,...

DATE: March 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

In life or death situations, first responders can find themselves in the ‘dead zone’

There are some areas in La Plata County, and throughout Southwest Colorado, where cellphone and radio reception “dead zones” make first response in emergencies – and asking for help – nearly...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

After three decades, Project Merry Christmas calls it quits

After 34 years of trying to make the holidays brighter for families and people in need, Project Merry Christmas has announced it will disband. In a statement posted to its website , the nonprofit’s...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Investigators zero in on cause of fire at La Plata County Fairgrounds

Fire investigators have homed in on the cause of a fire that caused extensive damage to an unoccupied two-story building at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The fire was reported about 10:45 p.m....

DATE: Nov. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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