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La Plata County approves variance request

La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to seek a variance from Gov. Jared Polis’ public health order to reopen some businesses still shut down. But they...

DATE: June 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Independent candidates for La Plata County commissioner to hold drive-thru events

Independent candidates running for La Plata County commissioner seats will hold several events in the coming weeks to gather enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. In the upcoming...

DATE: May 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County seeks variance for outdoor recreation businesses, others

La Plata County should have a draft finalized Wednesday of a variance request from state public health orders that seeks to reopen outdoor recreation companies, gyms, churches and the Durango &...

DATE: May 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How does social distancing work for homeless campers south of Durango?

Even during a pandemic, people living at Purple Cliffs, the city-designated homeless camp south of downtown Durango, have to share space. Campers share an outdoor shower near clusters of tents and...

DATE: May 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local officials waiting on Polis to unveil next health order

Public health officials say they are growing frustrated with Gov. Jared Polis allowing health orders to nearly expire before issuing guidance about the next phase of the state’s coronavirus...

DATE: May 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County enacts Stage 1 fire restrictions

La Plata County entered Stage 1 Fire restrictions Tuesday, falling in line with other land management agencies as dry and hot weather conditions pose an increasing threat of wildfire. “The last...

DATE: May 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Four years in the making, La Plata County releases draft land-use code

Four years in the making, La Plata County’s long-awaited draft land-use code was released Monday and is now available for public review, with county officials eyeing a final adoption in September....

DATE: May 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Millions spent to control runoff from 416 Fire burn area

After the 416 Fire in summer 2018, the risk of floods and debris flows became a new, constant threat to the homes below the burn scar around Hermosa, said John McLeod, who lives in the area. “It’s...

DATE: May 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gravel mine in Animas Valley can go commercial

An inactive gravel mine in the Animas Valley cleared a major hurdle Tuesday in its attempt to formally shut down and repurpose the land for a large-scale commercial development. La Plata County...

DATE: May 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will oil, natural gas price declines affect Four Corners revenue?

FARMINGTON – With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the world, the global demand and consumption of oil took a sharp decline, culminating in a historic drop in oil prices last month. So what...

DATE: May 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County officials clarify Safer La Plata order

La Plata County, city of Durango and San Juan Basin Public Health staff members clarified what does and does not change under the county’s Safer La Plata order during the city’s seventh video...

DATE: May 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County considers six-month moratorium on development applications

La Plata County is expected to implement a six-month moratorium on all new development applications to prepare for adopting a new land-use code this fall. Megan Graham, spokeswoman for the county,...

DATE: April 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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