Emergency Management Director Butch Knowlton

Avalanches in Durango? It can (and has) happened

It turns out the risk of avalanches isn’t just restricted to the high country. With snow pummeling most areas of Southwest Colorado, Butch Knowlton, La Plata County’s director of the Office of...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two backcountry skiers rescued on Coal Bank Pass

Two backcountry skiers who spent the night outdoors after being caught in Thursday’s storm near Coal Bank Pass were rescued Friday and returned to safety. Ron Corkish with La Plata County Search...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado to get a permanent weather radar system

It’s official: A permanent weather radar system for Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners is on its way. Recently, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs awarded $1.7 million in funding for a...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College professor developing app for firefighter safety

What if firefighters had an interactive map that could tell them the most efficient escape routes and the amount of time it would take to find safety while fighting wildfires? Well, a Fort Lewis...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hurricane Rosa could send heavy rainfall to Southwest Colorado

All eyes are on an approaching Category 4 hurricane off the coast of Mexico that could bring a significant amount of rain to Southwest Colorado early next week and could cause devastating flooding...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lessons from Missionary Ridge Fire apply to 416 burn area

The impacts of the 416 Fire will be with residents in the north Animas Valley for a while, but nature is resilient and usually the best and quickest healer. The experience of the 2002 Missionary...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘We freak out every time a raindrop falls’

HERMOSA – It took about 20 minutes to forever change the lives of residents in Pines Townhomes. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. July 24, rain hit the burn scar of the 416 Fire, sending a torrent of mud...

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

La Plata County to update building code

Significant updates may be on the way for the La Plata County building code, which could mitigate some of the building department’s everyday problems. The department plans to update its code, based...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Emergency shelter project at La Plata County Fairgrounds to move forward despite short grant

La Plata County has changed a project to provide emergency shelter at the county fairgrounds after a state grant came back short of the original request. In December, La Plata County Emergency...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County officials see myriad of uses for recently-purchased drones

Emergency operations and other county businesses just gained a technological edge. La Plata County recently purchased two unmanned aerial vehicles – drones – and have placed bids on a third,...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

For longtime lawman Dan Bender, a rescue becomes personal

Since 1982, I have been involved to some degree in almost every facet of search and rescue in Southwest Colorado: searches and rescues in the field; working as a K-9 handler; coordinating missions;...

DATE: July 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rescue cards help fund local emergency responders

The season is ripe for outdoor adventures, which means search-and-rescue teams are at the ready to handle ensuing mishaps. Search-and-rescue operations are carried out with limited resources, but...

DATE: July 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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