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78-year-old hiker rescued after falling 20 feet in backcountry

Emergency responders successfully rescued a 78-year-old man Wednesday after he fell 20 feet while hiking in the backcountry off U.S. Highway 550 in San Juan County. San Juan County Search and...

DATE: June 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

84 Fire is fully contained, officials say

A wildfire burning northeast of Durango that initially posed a risk to homes when it broke out earlier this week was fully contained Thursday, La Plata County spokeswoman Megan Graham said. The 84...

DATE: May 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildfire northeast of Durango is 70% contained; pre-evacuation notices lifted

Fire crews were able to achieve 70% containment of a wildfire burning northeast of Durango on Wednesday, allowing for all pre-evacuations to be lifted. La Plata County spokeswoman Megan Graham said...

DATE: May 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Evacuation orders lifted; firefighting operations to resume Wednesday

Evacuation orders were lifted Tuesday evening as fire crews managed to get a wildfire northeast of Durango into a stable position where it no longer posed an immediate threat to homes in the area....

DATE: May 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hiker rescued near Vallecito Lake

A hiker who injured his leg Tuesday near Vallecito Lake required emergency rescue, according to Upper Pine River Fire Protection Chief Bruce Evans. Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, a call came into...

DATE: April 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowboarder triggers avalanche, suffers serious injuries

A snowboarder in his 30s was seriously injured after triggering an avalanche in the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains, requiring more than three dozen emergency personnel to be pulled away from...

DATE: March 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Durango issues stay-at-home advisory in response to COVID-19 health crisis

The city of Durango issued a stay-at-home advisory Tuesday in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. La Plata County has reported one case of COVID-19, in part because of limited testing,...

DATE: March 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Critical COVID-19 Coverage

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing center opens in Durango

In a whirlwind week, the coronavirus outbreak has upended the nation and, no less so, La Plata County. In just a week’s time, Durango saw the shutdown of its vibrant restaurant and bar scene,...

DATE: March 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fallen skier rescued near San Juan-San Miguel county line

A backcountry skier fell 200 feet and suffered serious injuries near Clear Lake sometime Wednesday morning or afternoon and was taken by helicopter and ambulance to Telluride. Jim Donovan,...

DATE: March 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Four Corners receives pet disaster relief trailer

During the 416 Fire in 2018, the La Plata County Humane Society was overwhelmed with pets needing shelter as their owners were evacuated. The society was in desperate need of pet food, crates,...

DATE: March 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Authorities believe speed, brakes had roles in fatal crash

Investigators believe excessive speed led to a fatal crash that killed a 37-year-old Durango man earlier this week. Colorado State Patrol Master Trooper Gary Cutler said Lance Luedtke was driving...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three people rescued after falling through ice

Two women and a man fell through the ice on the pond at Parque de Vida Park shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday. The women were rescued by Cortez firefighters and police officers after the man was able...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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