La Plata County Colorado

Students track movement of rockfall on Missionary Ridge

On July 5, 1998, a massive rockfall carrying boulders the size of houses came tearing down Missionary Ridge in the Animas Valley, the scar on the forested hillside stands out to this day. The rare...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Residents near 358 Fire prepare to leave

Residents near the “358 Fire” were nervously preparing to evacuate Friday afternoon and watching the smoke from the blaze near Sunrise Lane and County Road 245, northeast of Durango. The fire was...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Planning Commission approves one high-density proposal, denies another

The La Plata County Planning Commission on Thursday denied a high-density housing development in the Animas Valley and approved a high-density proposal just north of Sunnyside Elementary School....

DATE: May 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are the fish in Lake Nighthorse safe to eat?

With Lake Nighthorse now open to the public, many people discovering the new waterway in Durango want to know: Is it OK to eat the fish? The simple answer is yes, but a deeper look into the...

DATE: May 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Driving tour targets historic Tiffany, Allison

This year’s fifth annual La Plata County Historic Driving Tour on May 19 will focus on a part of the county that’s often overlooked: Allison and Tiffany. “It’s just an area of the county people in...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Unaffiliated voters will have their say in Colorado’s primary elections

Unaffiliated voters, who make up more than a third of registered voters in La Plata County, for the first time this year can participate in Colorado primary elections. [image2:mugshot]They will be...

DATE: May 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

A unique, historic orchard returns to life at Old Fort Lewis

In just a few years, a century-old apple orchard that had been neglected and fallen into disrepair has been made whole again at the Old Fort Lewis campus near Hesperus. “It’s honestly the most...

DATE: May 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation. This year, the Durango prayer event will be held at noon...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

Cattlemen honor Christi Zeller

Hoping for more water and higher commodity prices, members of the La Plata Archuleta Cattlemen gathered on Saturday night for their annual banquet and to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the...

DATE: April 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oil and gas drilling could ramp up in Southwest Colorado

The door has opened wider for oil and gas development in Southwest Colorado under the Trump administration. And the time frame for public comment and protest periods is expected to be shortened. A...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County lays out process for re-writing draft land-use codes

After the fallout from the first release of La Plata County’s draft land-use codes, and the ensuing demand for a serious re-write, county planners are making sure to take the process slow and...

DATE: April 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

High-density development a possibility on property east of Elmore’s Corner

A longtime La Plata County ranching family is considering building a high-density residential and commercial development on 700 acres along U.S. Highway 160 between Durango and Bayfield. The...

DATE: March 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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