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La Plata County seeks variance for outdoor recreation businesses, others

La Plata County should have a draft finalized Wednesday of a variance request from state public health orders that seeks to reopen outdoor recreation companies, gyms, churches and the Durango &...

DATE: May 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 2 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango restaurants can reopen Wednesday, but will they?

Durango’s restaurants can reopen for dine-in service Wednesday. Gov. Jared Polis announced Monday restaurants across the state can reopen after being closed for more than two months to in-person...

DATE: May 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

How does La Plata County do contact tracing?

In normal times, Claire Macpherson was manager for San Juan Basin Public Health’s environmental health program, mostly inspecting restaurants to make sure local eateries followed safe food-handling...

DATE: May 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County man died of heart complications, not COVID-19, coroner rules

An 80-year-old man reported to be La Plata County’s only confirmed COVID-19 fatality died of congestive heart failure, not the novel coronavirus, according to La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith....

DATE: May 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Polis says Colorado has capacity to test anyone with COVID-19 symptoms

WHEAT RIDGE – Gov. Jared Polis on Monday said that Colorado now has the ability to test anyone in the state who has coronavirus symptoms – for free – and encouraged people to seek out screening. ...

DATE: May 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Polis to allow signature gathering by mail and email for ballot initiatives

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday signed an executive order that will allow signatures for ballot initiatives to be gathered by email and mail to ensure Coloradans’ democratic rights don’t become another...

DATE: May 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

State faces estimated $6.8 billion hit to state budget in coming years

The economic crunch from the coronavirus means Colorado will need to immediately cut as much as $3.1 billion in state spending, an unprecedented 25% budget reduction that will force lawmakers to...

DATE: May 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are Colorado’s shutdown and stay-at-home orders legal?

Last week was the first time Republican candidate for the U.S. House Lauren Boebert had to look her employees in the eye and say they wouldn’t be getting paid. Her restaurant, Shooter’s Grill, in...

DATE: May 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan County issues three tickets, back-to-back, to recreationists

Three people back-to-back were cited Sunday on suspicion of illegally driving onto a closed road in San Juan County to recreate in the San Juan Mountains, with suspects going so far as to throw...

DATE: May 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Polis: In-person dining could resume in two weeks

Gov. Jared Polis said he expects restaurants across Colorado will be able to reopen to in-person dining with restrictions in about two weeks. In a Zoom meeting with journalists and small-business...

DATE: May 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Governor to suspend license of cafe packed with customers on Sunday

Gov. Jared Polis on Monday blasted Colorado businesses that over the weekend flouted rules meant to keep the coronavirus from spreading out of control, saying he was “extremely disappointed.” Polis...

DATE: May 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

After 35 years, downtown Durango restaurant calls it quits

A longstanding restaurant in downtown Durango announced it will close for good. In a post on Facebook , the Red Snapper’s culinary team John Sheehan and Nancy Rowley wrote they are closing the...

DATE: May 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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