Lodgers tax comes up big in La Plata County, despite pandemic

La Plata County saw a significant increase in revenue from a tax on hotels and vacation rentals in 2020, a likely result of more tourists visiting Southwest Colorado amid the COVID-19 pandemic. La...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can former detention center house homeless? County officials note roadblocks

A formal decision about how to use the now-vacant Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center building was put on hold for two weeks Tuesday, but there appears to be mounting obstacles to the idea of...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County considers possible uses for vacated juvenile detention center

A homeless shelter? A new community corrections facility? Or a place for at-risk youths? The future of the now vacant Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center is up in the air, and it appears...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jack Turner may move districts to run again for La Plata County commissioner

Durango resident Jack Turner, an unaffiliated candidate who lost his bid for county commission in November, is considering moving to into another district to be able to run for the commission again...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Shakeup at water district brings in new face to deal with old problems

A fresh face was appointed to the Southwestern Water Conservation District to bring new ideas to decades-old problems surrounding water in the arid Southwest – at least that’s the hope of La Plata...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plowed in by snow? Welcome to mountain living

With winter weather finally arriving in Durango, some residents may be wondering why they’re having to dig out of a mountain of snow caused by the city’s snowplows. The answer, quite simply, is...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango renews site search for homeless community

The city of Durango is searching for a new campsite for unhoused community members, starting with the recognition that an ideal site likely doesn’t exist. The city of Durango and La Plata County...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County formally adopts ordinance to stop ‘Jake Brakes’

La Plata County formally adopted a state law that requires the use of engine brake mufflers for commercial vehicles to prevent what’s known as “Jake Brakes,” a loud method of braking on trucks....

DATE: Jan. 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Progress planned this year for Durango Mesa Park

Durango residents will start seeing long-awaited changes at Durango Mesa Park, formerly Ewing Mesa, in 2021 as the city, county and park foundation embark on a $150 million development project. For...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango, La Plata County prepare for potential unrest on Inauguration Day

Law enforcement in Durango is holding out hope that any possible protests leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week will remain peaceful, but authorities are also preparing...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

How is Ignacio putting its federal relief dollars to use?

The town of Ignacio focused on utility and technology support after receiving about $60,000 of the $4.8 million in federal COVID-19 relief money allocated to La Plata County governments. The money,...

DATE: Jan. 13, 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

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