La Plata County Colorado

Deputy enters race against Duke Schirard

Sean Smith, a deputy with the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, is running for election against his boss, longtime Sheriff Duke Schirard. Smith, 43, who began his work for the county in 2000,...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Property-tax revenue plummets

There is good news and bad news about La Plata County finances in the annual State of the County report, read Tuesday by Commission Chairwoman Julie Westendorff. Overall county revenue has declined...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

County removes fire restrictions

A day after federal lands agencies lifted fire restrictions on Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service Lands in La Plata County, county officials followed suit. La Plata County...

DATE: July 30, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stricter fire rules go into effect today

Fire danger is taking some of the fun out of the Fourth of July. Effective today the entire San Juan National Forest is under fire restrictions. Also, some fireworks shows have been canceled – a...

DATE: June 30, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rural Democrat – an oxymoron?

Chuck McAfee usually votes for Democrats for state and federal offices, but in the red county of Montezuma, the 72-year-old wheat farmer is registered Republican out of necessity. “At the moment,...

DATE: June 28, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

When fire breaks out, who pays?

Smokey Bear was right on one count: Only you can prevent wildfires. What he didn’t say was: You pay for the cost of fire suppression. And how. Nationwide, the federal government spends more than $1...

DATE: June 18, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Solutions hinge on involvement

Even before the recession began hammering family finances, researchers say, many of Colorado's working families were falling fast into poverty. The economic downturn continues to compound the...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Single mom overcomes poverty to earn degree

Nicole Pearson came to town six years ago ready to take on the world. Or at least a degree from Fort Lewis College.If only it had worked out so simply.She met someone. Then came two children....

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

The Durango way: Work lots, still come up short

It's a predicament many Durangoans know well: multiple jobs but still not enough money to pay all the bills. Earnings too high for assistance but too low to really make it.It's hanging onto the...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

When leaving is the only choice

As a single mother with a 3-year-old boy, Diana Williams faces tough decisions every day.Like what to cut when the grocery bill is the only thing left.“I could maybe get by eating ramen noodles and...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

The new face of poverty? It's your neighbor's

Poverty isn't new in La Plata County, but today it has new faces.They are the faces of people with homes, cars and histories of self-sufficiency. Many of them aren't making it here anymore.“There...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

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