La Plata County government

Gun range is under fire for loud noise

Bayfield resident Amanda O’Connor doesn’t walk with her 4-year-old daughter on the Animas River Trail behind Walmart anymore because she said the sound of gunfire makes the little girl nervous....

DATE: June 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango pledges more transparency

The city of Durango will be more transparent in sharing local licensing documents with the public, city officials said. Last month, The Durango Herald highlighted differences between the city and...

DATE: April 19, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

County gets new faces

The La Plata County Board of County Commissioners has made the following appointments to La Plata County boards and commissions, effective the first quarter of 2014: Board of Adjustment: John...

DATE: March 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

The race is on for $4,400 position

Larry Connolly, La Plata County’s surveyor, filed Tuesday to run for re-election; he has served as surveyor since 2000. The county surveyor performs various clerical duties, including filing and...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Property-tax revenue plummets

There is good news and bad news about La Plata County finances in the annual State of the County report, read Tuesday by Commission Chairwoman Julie Westendorff. Overall county revenue has declined...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

County assessor seeks his 8th term

La Plata County Assessor Craig Larson said Tuesday he will run for an eighth term. Larson, 63, has served as assessor since January 1987. “I’m still excited about what I do,” he said. “Changes are...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Commissioners stay neutral on own raises

La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday opted not to take a position on a state proposal to give 20 percent raises to elected county officials, including commissioners, beginning with their next...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

County coroner to seek election

La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said Thursday she will seek election in November. Smith, 67, has been serving as coroner since November 2012 when she was appointed by county commissioners to...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

County commissioners pass $71 million budget

La Plata County commissioners Tuesday adopted a $71 million budget for 2014 amid concern about declining revenues. Commissioners passed the budget with a 3-0 vote. They agreed to dip into the fund...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County commissioners to discuss marijuana rules

La Plata County commissioners will consider today whether to cap the number of marijuana shops and restrict their hours. County staff members are recommending commissioners limit the number of...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County commissioners shoot down cap on pot stores

La Plata County commissioners said Monday they do not support capping the number of retail marijuana shops in unincorporated parts of the county. Commissioners expressed skepticism toward several...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Revenue shortage bedevils county

La Plata County is grappling with reduced revenue stemming largely from declining natural-gas prices and production. The county expects to receive $15.6 million in property taxes in 2014, down $3.3...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News