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Hickenlooper: We transformed the way we think about the state

Gov. John Hickenlooper touted an improved view of Colorado across the nation as his biggest accomplishment in his two terms. Hickenlooper , who leaves office in 83 days, met with The Durango Herald...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Suspects in August Montezuma County pot raids hear charges

Six of eight defendants arrested in a Montezuma County raid Aug. 28 for allegedly growing too many marijuana plants appeared Tuesday in front of District Court Judge Todd Plewe for arraignment. Hoa...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sales tax collections down in July, but not as much as feared

The 416 Fire had “the best of the worst” impact on Durango’s economy, said Business Improvement District Executive Director Tim Walsworth, with sales tax down 3.2 percent and lodging tax down 13.1...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores Town Board considers marijuana sales

The Dolores Town Board is considering the pros and cons of allowing retail marijuana sales. A moratorium on pot sales has been in place since 2014, but it is set to expire Dec. 31. Dolores used to...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos excelsior mill to start up again

The aspen lumber mill in Mancos is being reborn after a massive fire destroyed it in 2017. After months of negotiations, David Sitton purchased the 35-acre mill site from former operators Western...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Small Business Administration offers loans to businesses hit by 416 Fire

Small businesses that suffered lost sales because of the 416 Fire and subsequent flooding and debris flows can apply for federal disaster loans. The Small Business Administration has opened its...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan coal mine gets larger environmental review

A proposal to extend the San Juan coal mine lease in northwestern New Mexico that fuels an adjacent power station would have minor impacts on air and water, according to a new and larger...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Businesses harmed by 416 Fire might gain access to federal loans

Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the federal government could become available to small businesses in Silverton and Durango hurt by the 416 Fire. Dan Nordberg, regional administrator of the...

DATE: June 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire, Durango & Silverton train cancellations hit merchants hard

Few if any retail businesses in Durango managed to escape the absence of tourists stemming from the 416 Fire and the cancellation of train runs to Silverton. “It is definitely affecting us,” said...

DATE: June 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory deals with financial hit from 416 Fire

Many employees at Purgatory Resort are on a two-week furlough, other employees have had their hours reduced and some positions have been eliminated as the resort deals with the financial hit of a...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gov. Hickenlooper pledges help to Durango and Silverton in wake of 416 Fire

Local government and business officials pleaded with Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado congressmen Friday to do everything they can to help secure emergency funds to help ailing businesses and...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos farm, North Carolina company join forces on hemp

MANCOS – Local entrepreneurs in Mancos see potential for a thriving local hemp industry, but they need area farmers to jump on board. Green Lynx Farms built a 10,000-square-foot greenhouse this...

DATE: May 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

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