La Plata County Colorado

County’s budget on rough path

La Plata County’s finances are on an unsustainable path, County Manager Joe Kerby and Finance Director Diane Sorensen told a small group of community members Wednesday evening at the La Plata...

DATE: July 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Property tax revenue declines $15M

La Plata County staff members have scheduled a public meeting to kick off the county’s 2015 budget process. Residents are welcome to attend the July 23 meeting and offer comments. Staff members...

DATE: July 11, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Holes in health care

The safety net of health-care services in La Plata County has big holes. Area residents are going without critical mental-health, substance-abuse, dental and primary care because of a lack of...

DATE: July 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire chiefs hold off on burn bans

This time of year, lightning strikes are common in La Plata and Montezuma counties, but the number of fires started as a result remain low. La Plata County commissioners got an update on the fire...

DATE: July 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Good news for teen birth rates

A health initiative that increased access to birth control dropped teen birth rates by 40 percent statewide over the past four years. La Plata County also saw the level of teen births decrease...

DATE: July 4, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Web page urges Lake Nighthorse protest

A Facebook page is promoting a protest at Lake Nighthorse Saturday, but it’s unclear who is behind the page and if people will show up. The page said the goal of “Occupy Nighthorse” is to have Lake...

DATE: July 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Joint sales-tax fund slow depletion discussed at meeting

The depletion of the joint sales-tax fund was discussed at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The joint sales-tax fund, created in 1990, is a combined percentage of both city and county taxes. It is a...

DATE: June 10, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

County gets new faces

The La Plata County Board of County Commissioners has made the following appointments to La Plata County boards and commissions, effective the first quarter of 2014: Board of Adjustment: John...

DATE: March 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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