La Plata County government

In La Plata County treasurer’s race, candidates spar over how office is run

The race to be La Plata County’s next treasurer has proved to be one of the most heated campaigns in this year’s election, with incumbent Allison Aichele challenged by local banker Colton Black....

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County plans for another year of low revenues in 2019

La Plata County, for the first time in years, will see an increase to its property tax revenues, but the bump is expected to be short-lived as natural gas prices continue a decades-long decline....

DATE: Oct. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Delinquent property tax list published in print editions of Herald

Property owners who have forgotten or failed to pay 2018 property taxes may have been in for a surprise when the La Plata County Treasurer’s Office published a list of delinquent taxpayers last...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winner of commissioner race will face shrinking budget, tough land-use issues

Battling La Plata County’s continuing budget woes and overhauling the county’s much-outdated land-use code are going to be the main issues facing whoever wins the one commissioner seat up for grabs...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County approves $5.4 million for new government building

A new $5.4 million building for the La Plata County Assessor, Treasurer, and Clerk and Recorder’s offices was unanimously approved Tuesday by county commissioners. The building will consolidate the...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Clerk’s Office aces emergency training

With the November election fast approaching, La Plata County election officials earlier this month participated in a statewide training exercise to prepare for the worst-case scenarios surrounding...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Railroad ridership down about 27% after fire, debris flows

Ridership is down about 27 percent this year on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad as a result of the 416 Fire, but on the bright side, the railroad hopes to repair its tracks and resume...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

High-density development in Animas Valley denied

A proposal to rezone 9 acres just north of Trimble Hot Springs for a high-density development of about 40 affordable homes was denied Tuesday by La Plata County commissioners. For months, the...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Why do some rural residents oppose zoning?

For Jim Greer, a rancher in western La Plata County, his future is tied to his land. Like so many ranchers and farmers, Greer doesn’t have a retirement plan or 401(k). His land is his 401(k)....

DATE: Aug. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tensions reignite over blocking Falls Creek Road

Longtime La Plata County resident Ed Zink is facing increasing criticism for illegally closing off access to a public road near Falls Creek, but it’s not clear what La Plata County or the Sheriff’s...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

GCC Energy paves the way for mining to increase near Hay Gulch

Residents perturbed by the constant drum of trucks hauling coal from GCC Energy’s King II mine say the sound has abated somewhat with the near completion of the company’s multimillion-dollar road...

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Funding delayed for long-term plan to address homelessness

Long-term plans to address homelessness may be delayed as a result of uncertain budget impacts to local governments stemming from the 416 Fire. The city of Durango and La Plata County are bracing...

DATE: July 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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