2 fires extinguished at Purple Cliffs homeless camp

Two fires in one day at the Purple Cliffs homeless camp south of Durango have prompted law enforcement to offer outreach on how to safely have a fire, especially as cold temperatures this winter...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | UPDATED: 4 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Outbreak of COVID-19 reported at Durango homeless camp

An outbreak of COVID-19 cases has been reported at the Purple Cliffs homeless camp south of Durango, according to state health department records. The outbreak was confirmed Tuesday, according to...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

COVID-19 stresses services for the unhoused in Farmington

It’s a brisk 50 degrees outside as half-brothers Jon Barney and Shorty Ambro enjoy a hearty lunch of Frito pie outside Daily Bread in Farmington. But on this night the temperature will drop to 17...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Durango eighth graders bake for shelter residents

Naia Heron and Myla Glaser may not be the most experienced bakers in La Plata County, but in the past year, the 13-year-old friends have spent plenty of kitchen time nurturing their love for...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Eviction levels could be ‘catastrophic’ in Durango if freeze is not extended

A state freeze on evictions has helped Coloradans keep their housing during a pandemic that has forced businesses, restaurants and performance venues to close and put many out of work. From August...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is Durango Police Department’s mission aligned with community values?

The Durango Police Department is taking steps to gather community input in an effort to align its mission with the city’s values. The department has been ramping up efforts to address community...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Law enforcement refuses to comment on shooting death south of Durango

More than a week after a La Plata County man was shot and killed south of Durango, law enforcement is mum about any of the details of the incident. The shooting was reported about 12:30 p.m. Nov....

DATE: Dec. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents get some space to stretch at Purple Cliffs

Aquila Cota moved into upgraded digs Sunday, moving from a dome tent to a 12-foot by 12-foot canvas tent at the Purple Cliffs homeless camp. Rob McLaughlin helped organize an effort at his...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

As a homeless teen, I foraged for wild food to survive. The lessons still shape my cooking.

Etta James sings about a Sunday kind of love as I pour a tiny mountain of flour onto the kitchen table. I push a crater into the center and crack an egg. One should be enough. I can always add more...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Food

What’s best for Durango’s unhoused?

After months of hearing others talk about what is best for La Plata County’s unhoused community, four people from that group are speaking up for themselves. Jake Fixico never expected to spend more...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Seven cars towed in middle of night from Purple Cliffs homeless camp

During the middle of the night, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office towed seven vehicles belonging to residents staying at the Purple Cliffs homeless camp south of downtown Durango. The Sheriff’s...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless community pays tribute to Durango man with ‘traveling heart’

Close to 25 people gathered Tuesday afternoon in the woods behind Walmart to commemorate the life of Dean Allen Littrell. Littrell, 57, was found dead last week at his campsite between Walmart and...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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