How much is Durango’s creative economy worth?

Durango’s creative institutions funnel at least $18 million into the local economy, according research compiled by Fort Lewis College. Communities across the country are investing in arts and...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local loan program helps small businesses in Southwest Colorado overcome COVID-19

When Momentum Fitness needed some tender loving financing to carry it through the COVID-19 pandemic, it turned to the Rapid Response and Recover Fund offered by First Southwest Community Fund....

DATE: Oct. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Bayfield launches small business COVID-19 relief grants

Bayfield businesses have two weeks to apply for COVID-19 relief money offered through a town grant. The town of Bayfield received $103,000 from the federal coronavirus relief bill, the $2.2...

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

La Plata County may have weathered worst of COVID-19 financial hit

Despite the COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year that brought economic hardship across the community, it appears La Plata County is on track to not only hit, but exceed sales tax projections – a...

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

Then and now: 6 months after Colorado issued stay-at-home order

It may feel like another lifetime ago, but Friday was the six-month mark from when Gov. Jared Polis issued Colorado’s first stay-at-home order, an extreme measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 at...

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

End date set for bump-outs, but they will return

Fear not bump-out fans. Last week’s crash in which a suspected drunken driver plowed into Tequila’s outdoor patio doesn’t appear to have left lasting damage to the program that has gained fans...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain, Southern Ute tribes receive $300,000 in COVID-19 aid

The two tribes in Colorado, Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute, will each receive $150,000 in federal grants to help with COVID-19 recovery efforts. The COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Project...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Longtime downtown Durango restaurant to close for good

Another mainstay restaurant in downtown Durango has announced it will close for good. “After 23 years, we are closing,” The Palace Restaurant announced on social media . “Pandemic, no trains...

DATE: July 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community Emergency Relief Fund reaches $500,000 awarded in grants

The Community Emergency Relief Fund disbursed $175,000 to 49 nonprofit organizations in Southwest Colorado to aid in coronavirus pandemic relief efforts during a mid-July funding round. Since the...

DATE: July 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

As coronavirus resurges, Durango tourism officials pull back outreach – and expectations

It’s uncertain how the global coronavirus pandemic will disrupt life in the foreseeable future, but after four months, it’s at least possible to quantify how dire the situation has become. “(The...

DATE: July 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores chamber offers drive-in movie nights this summer

The Dolores Chamber of Commerce will offer free Drive-in Movie Nights at Joe Rowell Park throughout the summer. Movies will be shown on a 20-by-30-foot screen on a trailer built and donated by Lone...

DATE: July 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Film, TV and Streaming

Community Foundation to host Secret Garden fundraiser, COVID-style

It is a summer full of would’ves, but that’s not stopping the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado from raising money for local nonprofits. It would have been the foundation’s sixth...

DATE: June 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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