La Plata County government

Dry winter, spring winds deliver high-risk fire conditions to Southwest Colorado

By Megan Graham As we welcome the warmer, drier, windier months that characterize spring in Southwest Colorado, this spring also brings with it an air of caution and concern for the upcoming fire...

DATE: April 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

La Plata County Planning Commission postpones vote on proposal for high-density listing

La Plata County planning commissioners unanimously decided Thursday night to postpone a vote on whether to reclassify nearly 50 acres south of Durango to allow high-density mixed-use development....

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vallecito residents debate future of ATV use

A debate has ignited among residents about the future use of all-terrain vehicles around Vallecito. The community conversation was sparked by an ATV-rental company’s request to expand the services...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animal Protection may be tapped to help curb human-bear conflicts

Residents and businesses in La Plata County may see stricter enforcement this summer of the county’s ordinance intended to reduce human-bear conflicts. La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday took...

DATE: April 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

County sets it straight with leaning flagpole

What’s with the listing flagpole at the La Plata County Administration Building at East Second Avenue and 11th Street? The flagpole has been that way since the building opened. Does it imply the...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | COLUMN: Action Line

Neighbors oppose high-density development in Animas Valley

A fight is brewing in the Animas Valley north of Durango over the prospect of a potential high-density development. Greg Yucha, who owns two mobile home parks in the Animas Valley, filed plans in...

DATE: March 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County fires Texas firm contracted to rewrite land-use codes

The Texas firm that many county staff, commissioners and residents said missed the mark in drafting La Plata County’s land-use code has been fired. La Plata County spokeswoman Megan Graham said...

DATE: March 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

As budget shrinks, La Plata County will not fill 19 positions

La Plata County government will leave 19 positions vacant this year, saving about $1.16 million at a time when the county is in dire need of cutting costs because of declines in its operating...

DATE: March 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

What went wrong with La Plata County’s land-use plan?

After months of dealing with a bungled update to one of La Plata County’s critical documents guiding future development, county staff will take the lead on making much-needed revisions to its...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County approves 2 new marijuana growing facilities

La Plata County commissioners approved two marijuana growing facilities on Tuesday. The first project was proposed by Watertowne Properties LLC for a 6,000-square-foot building to house various...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County adopts revised ethics policies

La Plata County commissioners formally adopted on Tuesday revised ethics policies that address issues such as lobbying and perceived conflicts of interest. The updates come after some county...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Some residents say U.N. plot is behind land-use revisions

A faction of La Plata County residents who oppose the county’s proposed land-use codes believe the work is part of an international conspiracy led by the United Nations to create a “New World...

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