Elected officials oppose Rep. Boebert’s actions during U.S. Capitol riot

Elected officials in La Plata County took action this week against recently elected Congresswoman Lauren Boebert after the U.S. Capitol riot Jan. 6. Boebert, who represents 28 Western Slope and...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County waives all liquor license fees for a year

La Plata County is going to waive all liquor license fees for the next year in an attempt to provide some financial relief to restaurants and bars. On Dec. 7, Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill to...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County moves to require engine brake mufflers

La Plata County is making moves to require the use of engine brake mufflers for commercial vehicles. Jim Davis, the county’s Public Works director, said it is state law for commercial vehicles to...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Outgoing La Plata County commissioners reflect on past eight years

In 2013, when incoming La Plata County commissioners Gwen Lachelt and Julie Westendorff stepped into office, the county’s operating budget was spiraling, the oil and gas industry was plummeting and...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Elected officials grill Mercy over lack of transparency about COVID-19 pandemic

Elected officials in Southwest Colorado grilled Mercy Regional Medical Center at a public hearing Thursday for not being transparent and for sending mixed messages about the COVID-19 pandemic,...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawsuit seeks to close GCC Energy’s King II coal mine

A lawsuit was filed Tuesday by conservation groups calling for GCC Energy’s King II coal mine to comply with a stricter water protection rule, a move the groups say will lead to the closure of the...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

New marijuana dispensary coming to Colorado-New Mexico line

A new marijuana dispensary was given the green light Tuesday to open near the Colorado-New Mexico border. La Plata County commissioners voted unanimously to approve the new business, called “Border...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is La Plata County reliably blue?

The 2020 general election in La Plata County had the highest voter turnout in recent memory – 76% of combined active and inactive voters – and results suggest La Plata County might be turning into...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rogue neighborhood’s Wild West days may be numbered

The Wild West-esque days may be coming to an end for a rogue neighborhood northwest of Durango that enjoyed little oversight or regulation for years. “It’s just this no man’s land that’s not being...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Canyon closed to passenger vehicles in winter

New winter travel restrictions have been enacted for the upper parts of La Plata Canyon in response to an uptick in passenger vehicles becoming stuck in the snow. La Plata County commissioners...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County adopts 2021 budget, with infrastructure spending

La Plata County commissioners approved the 2021 budget Tuesday that calls for several construction and development projects that aim to send an economic jolt during the COVID-19 pandemic. In all,...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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