Emergency planning

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

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

What is Durango doing to prepare for climate change?

Earth is getting warmer, scientists say. Higher average temperatures will bring stronger storms, longer droughts and shorter winters, all of which could cause problems for cities not built to...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Groups plan how to help those with special needs during emergencies

During the Lightner Creek Fire in 2017, some residents with disabilities left their homes without medications and supplies. Evacuees were able to obtain medications they needed by receiving early...

DATE: Dec. 5, 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

Agencies to close 25 abandoned mines on Alpine Loop

Twenty-five abandoned mines on the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway between Silverton and Lake City will be closed this fall in an effort to protect curious minds from wandering in and possibly getting...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

K9 Search and Rescue hosts workshop for dogs, handlers

Twenty search dogs and their handlers from nine states participated in the inaugural Four Corners Search and Rescue Workshop last week. The free, three-day training event was put on by K9 Search...

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flood risk around Durango could extend through next week

Intense thunderstorms could bring large debris flows down streams on the southern end of the 416 Fire burn scar into neighborhoods, La Plata County officials told a crowd Saturday evening at Miller...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango-La Plata County Airport prepares for disaster

Volunteers sported fake bruises, wide-open cuts, broken bones and smears of blood as part of a mock plane crash Friday at Durango-La Plata County Airport. One woman lay on asphalt with a fake...

DATE: April 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Congress considers land for West Fork fire station

Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, along with Rep. Scott Tipton, have introduced legislation to convey about 4 acres of U.S. Forest Service land to Dolores County for the location of a new fire...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango schools look to enhance emergency drills

Law enforcement officers might become more involved in regular emergency drills held in Durango schools, offer critiques of top school administrators’ table-top emergency drills and maybe even...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Time to prepare for cold Old Man Winter

Winter is right around the corner, and a Colorado emergency-preparedness group is offering tips to help residents in La Plata County prepare their homes for the frigid months ahead: Insulate walls...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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