La Plata County denies proposed campground, event space for motorcycle rally

After a more than five-hour meeting, La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday denied a proposed temporary camp and entertainment hub for the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally over the Labor Day weekend...

DATE: July 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Four Corners Motorcycle Rally proposes campsite, activities southwest of Durango

A proposal to use a camp near Hesperus for the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally, which could draw hundreds of people, has residents in the rural part of the county concerned about noise, fire and...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

GCC Energy offers to pay $3.5 million for coal mine expansion

GCC Energy has offered to pay nearly $3.5 million to secure an expansion of the King II coal mine in southwest La Plata County. GCC Energy has operated the coal mine near Hesperus since 2007. But...

DATE: April 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mistrial declared for man accused of killing one in U.S. Highway 160 crash

A mistrial was declared Monday in the trial of a Bloomfield man accused of crossing the centerline on U.S. Highway 160 west of Hesperus, killing a 56-year-old mother and injuring her husband and...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

County looks to acquire private property for road leading to coal mine

Let the negotiations for land acquisitions begin between La Plata County and property owners along a county road that serves as the main haul route for GCC Energy’s King II coal mine. Mining for...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hesperus Ski Area announces opening day

Hesperus Ski Area announced its plans to open for the season Friday. Laura Haidet, a spokeswoman for the resort, said trails will open for skiers and tubers from 4 to 9 p.m. for night skiing. The...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rain delay called for pipeline project in west La Plata County

Residents in southwest La Plata County have waited years for a hook up to central water, and it appears they will have to hold out a few more months after rains caused a delay in a pipeline project...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmers Market: Horvath Honey keeps it simple in western La Plata County

Frances Horvath and her youngest son have kept bees for the past four years and have been selling honey for the last three as Horvath Honey. “It’s really tasty,” she said. Horvath is based on the...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Food

Life of King II coal mine extended by 20 years

A coal mine in La Plata County has been approved for expansion, a move that is expected to extend the life of the mine for at least another 20 years. Preparing for its coal reserves to run out, GCC...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

The Kennebec brings a farmers market to Hesperus

Prior to this summer, residents of Hesperus and Durango West looking for a market for fresh produce and other items had to make the trip all the way into Durango or Mancos. Now, they have an...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Food

Residents voice concern with King II coal expansion

Truck traffic, water quality and climate change were the predominant concerns for the handful of residents who attended a meeting this week about the possible expansion of GCC Energy’s King II coal...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

King II coal mine expansion open house on Thursday

Residents with opinions on the proposed expansion of GCC Energy’s King II coal mine in southwest La Plata County will have a chance to weigh in at an open house Thursday in Hesperus. Preparing for...

DATE: July 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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