Colorado Supreme Court will hear La Plata County, CDPHE lawsuit

The Colorado Supreme Court announced Monday it will review a case in which La Plata County hopes to recover an estimated $337,000 in attorney fees as part of a four-year legal battle with the state...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

First case of West Nile virus in La Plata County confirmed

The year’s first human case of the West Nile virus was reported Thursday in La Plata County, according to San Juan Basin Public Health. West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can cause...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police reforms begin to take root in La Plata County

La Plata County law enforcement agencies say they are well on their way to meeting new police reform policies passed by the Colorado Legislature in June. The reform law was prompted by the deaths...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. gets surprise extension for 2020 census

The 2020 census effort is in its last days, albeit with an unpredictable end date, which means Southwest Coloradans have limited time to complete their census forms. The census, a constitutionally...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Location for new radar system in Four Corners is finalized

A location has been finalized for a new permanent weather station for the Four Corners, which is expected to fill in what’s known as a blind spot when it comes to weather and radar modeling in the...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

After yearslong effort, La Plata County inks new land-use code

It’s official: La Plata County has a new land-use code. La Plata County commissioners Clyde Church, Gwen Lachelt and Julie Westendorff voted unanimously Tuesday in support of adopting sweeping...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County to begin several road improvement projects this week

Several La Plata County roads are set for repairs over the next two weeks. On Monday, the county’s Road and Bridge crew began chip-and-seal projects on 1.25 miles of County Road 509 and 2 miles of...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vandals hit popular La Plata Canyon lookout spot

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the vandals who graffitied a popular lookout spot in La Plata Canyon. Esther Godson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service, said...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Archuleta County cools talk of leaving San Juan Basin Public Health

Archuleta County commissioners tamped down rhetoric Tuesday about leaving San Juan Basin Public Health, but said the county will continue to form a task force to look into whether it should start...

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

Proposed 180-space RV park on Florida Mesa worries residents

A proposal for a new 180-space RV park on Florida Mesa has residents concerned the development will compromise the rural character of the area and create traffic hazards. According to county...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Garden fundraisers raise $47,000 for La Plata County arts nonprofits

Ten La Plata County nonprofits that focus on the arts each received $4,700 in grant money to help them stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic – all through a series of virtual garden parties. In...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bakers Bridge, a rite of passage for many Durango youths, becomes restricted

The blue-green water and steep rock faces at Bakers Bridge have long drawn sunbathers, cliff jumpers and even actors Robert Redford and Paul Newman during the filming of “Butch Cassidy and the...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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