Vacant juvenile detention center in Durango to become a community corrections center

After months of research and evaluation, La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously voted to convert the vacant Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center into a new location for community...

DATE: April 13, 2021 | UPDATED: 1 day 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

40 low-rent units take shape overlooking downtown Durango

The long-awaited supportive housing complex, Espero Apartments, is taking shape near Greenmount Cemetery on the west side of town. Residents and visitors might have noticed the building’s framework...

DATE: April 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango ag class puts focus on helping feed less fortunate

Bailey Gaskins and Flint Gervais, two 14-year-old eighth graders, learned more than the importance of crop rotation and soil health in their agriculture class at Escalante Middle School. The pair,...

DATE: March 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango analysis turns up new option for homeless camp

The city of Durango’s newest analysis of possible homeless camp locations turned up one “promising” new site near Bodo Industrial Park in south Durango. Durango is searching for an alternative to...

DATE: March 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County puts off decision about DeNier building’s future

No decision was made about the future use of the vacant Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center on Tuesday, with La Plata County commissioners instead opting to take a few more weeks to evaluate...

DATE: March 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

More than a jail? Officials discuss future use of juvenile detention center

The Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center in Durango was built in 1999 and opened the next year with one intent in mind – to detain youths. The 15,000-square-foot building has 28 beds, 19 that...

DATE: March 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can former detention center house homeless? County officials note roadblocks

A formal decision about how to use the now-vacant Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center building was put on hold for two weeks Tuesday, but there appears to be mounting obstacles to the idea of...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

A legacy of new dreams: Director of Bridge shelter in Cortez to retire

The Bridge Emergency Shelter in Cortez is seeking a new executive director. Laurie Knutson, who has held the position since 2013, plans to retire in August. Knutson, 67, steered the organization...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s the plan to vaccinate La Plata County’s unhoused?

Richard Dilworth works with people experiencing homelessness on a daily basis. This week, he received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up clinic hosted by the Volunteers of America...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two homeless men arrested for allegedly almost killing man

Two men living homeless in Durango were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly attacking another homeless man with an ax and nearly killing him. The Durango Police Department was...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County considers possible uses for vacated juvenile detention center

A homeless shelter? A new community corrections facility? Or a place for at-risk youths? The future of the now vacant Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center is up in the air, and it appears...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango soup kitchen cooking up plan to offer holistic services

Durango City Council is pushing forward on a long-awaited initiative meant to help people with unstable housing or low incomes: a centralized resource navigation center. City Council voted...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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