La Plata County Colorado

Flyovers offer bird’s-eye view for Assessor’s Office, emergency personnel

In 2015, La Plata County started conducting flyovers in an attempt to use aerial photography to better inspect homes and businesses for tax purposes, and by all accounts, it has worked, adding...

DATE: June 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County hires community development director

La Plata County has hired a community development director, nearly four months after the resignation of Planning Director Jason Meininger. In February , Meininger announced he planned to resign,...

DATE: May 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

With industry shifts, La Plata County reaches out to oil and gas companies

It’s good to know your neighbors, at least that’s the approach La Plata County is taking with oil and gas companies operating in Southwest Colorado. La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday...

DATE: May 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Catamount Energy offers $5,000 to Ignacio-area residents to waive county well regulations

A Denver-based energy company is offering a handful of Ignacio-area residents $5,000 to forgo their protections under La Plata County’s oil and gas regulations as the company seeks to drill a new...

DATE: May 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango attorney to lead state’s oil and gas commission

A Durango attorney has been tapped to lead the state’s top agency that regulates oil and gas at a time of sweeping change for the industry in Colorado. Earlier this year, the Colorado Legislature...

DATE: April 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM proposes trail changes across 100,000 acres in Southwest Colorado

The Bureau of Land Management is proposing changes to trails across an estimated 100,000 acres of public land in Southwest Colorado, including nearly 35 miles of trails in La Plata County. Earlier...

DATE: April 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawsuit says La Plata County government ignored sexual harassment

La Plata County faces a lawsuit that claims county staff for years ignored a former employee’s complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Megan Graham, spokeswoman for La...

DATE: April 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County manager candidates describe how they would take on challenges

The next La Plata County manager will face big challenges, including a tight operational budget and a contentious land-use code revision. The three finalists for the job, Jim Halasz, D. Michael...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Test case of barking dog ordinance dismissed

A test case of La Plata County’s new barking dog ordinance resulted in charges being dropped after a county court judge found insufficient evidence to support the charges. La Plata County enacted...

DATE: April 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County announces three finalists for county manager job

La Plata County has named three finalists to fill the role of county manager. Earlier this year, County Manager Joanne Spina retired, capping a 30-year career at the county. Since, Assistant...

DATE: April 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New funeral home to open in Durango

A new funeral home is coming to Durango that aims to help alleviate the demand for service as the region’s population grows. The Williams Funeral Home last week received approval from La Plata...

DATE: March 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Debris flow covers road in 10 feet of muck

The Missionary Ridge rockfall is on the move. In the past couple of days, several thousand tons of mud and debris have come down the mountainside to the Animas Valley floor, said Butch Knowlton,...

DATE: March 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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