Emergency Management Director Butch Knowlton

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Search called off for man with broken arm north of Durango

A 19-year-old man believed to have broken his arm in a fall in the Falls Creek area north of Durango apparently made it out of the wilderness on his own power, according to scanner reports. La...

DATE: May 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Preparation is key so winter travel doesn’t leave you stranded

A blustery, white Southwest Colorado winter can impose Darwin’s evolutionary theory of “survival of the fittest” on the unprepared. “One of the biggest things to remember is that the conditions in...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Rain wreaks havoc

When the sun came out Monday, city workers in front loaders and residents armed with shovels continued cleanup effort in areas where major flooding left piles of mud. Sunday night’s rain flowed...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Fall arrives with a deluge

Early fall didn’t look a whole lot different from late summer on Sunday. Similar to what happened just four days ago in Southwest Colorado, severe rain and hailstorms closed off streets and...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durangoans recount fury of storm

Residents living beneath the imposing red cliffs that border East Animas Road north of Durango had the same story Thursday – pouring rain, pounding hail, crashing boulders and oozing mud. Only...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Sudden storm strikes

A torrential downpour mixed with lightning and golf ball-sized hail triggered mudslides, power outages and a house fire Wednesday evening in La Plata County. The rain began falling about 5 p.m....

DATE: Sept. 18, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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39 days of destruction

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series about the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire.It’s Sunday, June 9, 2002. Durango is baking in 86-degree weather and 12 percent humidity.The entire...

DATE: June 7, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News