La Plata County Colorado

Debris flow closes section of East Animas Road north of Durango

A debris flow from recent snowmelt has resulted in the closure of a section of East Animas Road (County Road 250), north of Durango. East Animas Road is closed in the 2700 block, or about 2.7 miles...

DATE: March 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Affordable housing waiting list to open for new applicants

High demand for affordable housing kept a Southwest Colorado nonprofit from opening its waiting list for federally funded housing vouchers for residents with disabilities for seven years. But the...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

County looks for ways to ease space crunch at coroner’s office

Several attempts to remedy overcrowding at the La Plata County Coroner’s Office have so far proved fruitless, and with a strapped county budget, no easy solutions appear viable to deal with the...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New group aims to bridge rural-urban divide, political polarization

A new group is aiming to bridge the rural-urban divide in La Plata County and foster more conversation around divisive issues, such as the county’s land-use code. La Plata Civil Dialogue was...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Planning director didn’t follow procedure when buying ebike, county says

Outgoing La Plata County Planning Director Jason Meininger improperly used a county credit card to make a nearly $4,000 unauthorized purchase for an electronic bike, drawing concern from county...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County planning director resigns amid rewrite of land-use code

La Plata County Planning Director Jason Meininger, who was leading the county’s contentious land-use code revision, has announced he will resign. When contacted Monday afternoon, Meininger said he...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado shows signs of reversing drought conditions

It appears Southwest Colorado is slowly digging its way out of severe drought conditions. Every Thursday, the U.S. Drought Monitor releases a map that shows areas of drought throughout the country...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County’s district plans on track for September completion

La Plata County is aiming to have all of its district plans updated by September, planning director Jason Meininger said Wednesday. District plans are a guiding document that allows smaller...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County home prices increase as inventory shrinks

A slew of factors is constraining the construction of new houses as retiring baby boomers and second-home owners who find La Plata County a desirable place to live push home prices up to levels at...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Worker dies in explosion at natural gas site in Southwest Colorado

A 47-year-old New Mexico man died earlier this month after an explosion at a natural-gas well site in southern La Plata County. According to state records, Randy Yellowman was working as a contract...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Has La Plata County shed its purple skin?

As political winds change, it appears La Plata County, which traditionally has bounced between voting Democrat and Republican, might be taking a turn for the deep blue. With unaffiliated voters for...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Senior Services director caps two decades of caring, advocating for seniors

After a two-decade career dedicated to serving and taking care of others, Sheila Casey, director of La Plata County’s Senior Services, deserves to take some time for herself. At least that’s the...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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