Outreach changing homeless camping culture in La Plata County

West of the Durango Tech Center, Fritz Schnell’s camp is neatly kept, as are many of those on La Plata County property. Some residents clean regularly, and Manna Soup Kitchen’s garden manager and...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless camps west of Tech Center raise concerns

Residents of Ella Vita Court are concerned about more and more homeless residents passing through and disrupting the neighborhood. “There’s been a large number of instances where we called the...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Adult Education Center provides students in need with housing

For decades, schools have known kids don’t learn well if they’re hungry or homeless. It’s not any different for older students, and the Durango Adult Education Center has added housing to the ways...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawsuit challenges Denver’s sweeps of the homeless

DENVER – When Jerry Burton’s sleeping bag and tent were removed by city workers from his campsite near a rapidly developing area close to downtown Denver, he was able to start over again with...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Efforts to contain panhandling see mixed results

After the summer rollout of a slew of solutions to reduce panhandling downtown, the business community is split on the effort’s effectiveness. Public outcry about panhandling last year led the...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crew released from Animas Mountain brush fire

A Durango Fire Protection District crew on Monday night responded to a brush fire on Animas Mountain and quickly reported it extinguished. By 9:40 p.m., the crew was released, and the command was...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless camp stabbing investigation suspended

No charges will be filed related to Saturday’s stabbing at a homeless camp in Durango, La Plata County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dan Bender said Monday. None of the four people involved in the...

DATE: July 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff’s Office investigating stabbing at Durango homeless camp

A stabbing that occurred at the homeless camp in Durango late Saturday night is being investigated by the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, spokesman Dan Bender said on Sunday. According to Bender,...

DATE: July 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homelessness in Durango: Finding a fix

About 100 people gathered for the Durango Homeless Summit on June 15 at the Durango Public Library to examine he issue of homelessness in the Durango area. Homelessness is a problem, so the Durango...

DATE: June 21, 2016 | COLUMN: What's Up Downtown

Long-term campers in San Juan Mountains spur campground closures

Another cluster of campgrounds in the San Juan National Forest faces a ban on overnight camping because a handful of individuals have taken up residence there and trashed the place. “People are...

DATE: June 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Summit explores solutions to Colorado homelessness

How do you solve homelessness? For some, the answer is simple: provide homes. At the Durango Homeless Coalition summit held Wednesday at the Durango Public Library, officials from across Colorado...

DATE: June 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Overdose confirmed in homeless man’s death

The homeless man who was found dead on the banks of the Animas River last month died from an overdose of a cocktail of drugs, a final autopsy report released Monday confirmed. On May 21, the body...

DATE: June 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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