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Gov. Jared Polis has issued a statewide stay-at-home order for non-essential workers and activities.


Mountain Middle planning for new classrooms

Mountain Middle School, which has reached its maximum enrollment of 240 students for the past decade, has begun preliminary planning for a 7,000-square-foot classrooms addition. Head of School...

DATE: April 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Early release Mondays will end next year for Durango School District 9-R

Durango School District 9-R has revised its academic calendar for school year 2020-21 – moving to full teacher workdays one Monday each month in place of weekly early release Mondays....

DATE: April 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Polis extends order closing schools, will address stay-at-home extension

CENTENNIAL – Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday said all Colorado schools will be closed to in-person learning until at least April 30, extending an earlier order by about a week. The initial order,...

DATE: April 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Regional News

Durango School District 9-R receives wide range of opinions about school closures

Leading up to Gov. Jared Polis’ decision to close schools from March 23 to April 17, Durango School District 9-R was under increasing pressure to extend its closure. But Superintendent Dan...

DATE: March 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma-Cortez High to perform ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

A fiddler on a roof may seem to have a uniquely precarious situation, but perhaps there are some universal parallels that can be drawn. At least according to Tevye, the Jewish milkman hero of the...

DATE: March 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Performing Arts

Students at Durango High School explore career paths through vocational learning

Durango High School sophomore Summer Bonnar skillfully guided a chunk of wood around a spinning band saw blade in carpentry class this winter, carefully working around her manicured nails. “It’s...

DATE: March 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Educational funding forum draws crowd in Mancos

More than 100 people from Southwest Colorado showed up in Mancos Saturday morning to advocate for more state educational funding – with a few legislative ears on hand. State Sen. Don Coram,...

DATE: March 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District ends partial-lunch rule

The School Meal Charge Regulation at Durango schools was modified Monday to end partial lunches that could be provided to children whose parents were behind in payments. The revamped regulation...

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

Bayfield schools plan to increase below-market wages, start with secretaries

BAYFIELD – The Bayfield school district is gradually increasing its employee salaries to market rates, and it is starting by giving a raise to its lowest-paid group: school secretaries. The...

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

Student scientists take center stage at La Plata County Fairgrounds

Kalina Brabeck, a sixth grader at St. Columba School, discovered Lysol makes a pretty good product if you’re looking to kill bacteria. Samantha Riddell, a sixth grader at Ignacio Middle School,...

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

Mother of Needham twins fills vacant Durango 9-R school board seat

Erika Brown, a mother of twin students at Needham Elementary School, was selected Tuesday night to fill the vacant Durango school board seat for the district that covers the north Animas Valley and...

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

FLC looks for free online replacements for textbooks

Students at Fort Lewis College will increasingly benefit from open educational resources offered free online that replace often-costly textbooks with the assistance of a $31,000 grant from the...

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

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