La Plata County Commissioners

City, county consider transportation needs for Purple Cliffs campers

Transportation is one of the top concerns for people living homeless in the Purple Cliffs area south of downtown Durango. But they may soon have an easier time getting around thanks to an agreement...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County’s $86.9 million budget includes raises, road projects

La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the 2020 budget, which represents a modest turnaround for investments in staff, infrastructure and services after years of dramatic...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

County commissioner falls off roof, fractures hip and spine

After falling from a roof, La Plata County Commissioner Clyde Church said a fractured hip and spine won’t keep him from fulfilling his duties. Church, who was elected in fall 2018, said he and a...

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

La Plata County, hoping to ease turnover, proposes raises for staff

Bucking the trend in recent years, La Plata County employees are likely to receive a raise in 2020, a move county officials hope will help with high turnover rates. Since 2010, La Plata County’s...

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

Alternative to homeless camping near Purple Cliffs is sought

La Plata County commissioners and Durango City councilors said Monday they would like to see an alternative to homeless camping at Purple Cliffs identified soon because of its steep slopes and...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

City, county express support for homeless ‘navigation center’

Durango city councilors and La Plata County commissioners gave their informal blessing Monday to a new navigation center that would provide a location for homeless residents and those on the cusp...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Amid national violence, La Plata County looks to increase security

La Plata County is proposing to beef up its security. As part of the draft 2020 budget, officials have called for four new security-guard positions to patrol county offices and facilities. The...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

At new homeless camp, basic services are a trek

Debra Doane carries a 2-gallon plastic jug from her campsite on a hillside south of downtown Durango. It is mid-morning, about 50 degrees outside and the sun warms her back as she passes “DANGER”...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County commission candidates file first expense report

One positive of announcing your candidacy early: There’s more time to raise money, and spend money. The first campaign expense filing for the November 2020 election shows La Plata County...

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

Jack Turner, Durango native, announces run for La Plata County commissioner

Jack Turner, a fifth generation La Plata County resident, has announced he will run for La Plata County commissioner for District 2 in November 2020. Now, both races for seats on the county...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

In turnaround, La Plata County budget in ‘healthy position’

After years of dramatic declines, La Plata County’s budget seems to be evening out, county officials said Tuesday. Since 2010, La Plata County’s property tax revenue has declined about 50% – from...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Senators call for reauthorization of rural funding programs

Democratic and Republican senators came together last week to request, in a letter to the Senate majority and minority leaders, a two-year reauthorization of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes and...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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