La Plata County government

La Plata County adopts $79.4 million budget

La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the 2018 budget that aims to retain services amid continuing declines in its revenues. “Despite this being a challenging time for the...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County releases long-awaited updates to land-use codes

Long-awaited updates that will significantly revise La Plata County’s land-use code have arrived. The La Plata County Planning Department recently released the first draft module of the revised...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Questions arise: Who should inspect La Plata County marijuana facilities?

La Plata County may have to find a contractor to conduct health inspections on marijuana facilities. When marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2014, San Juan Basin Public Health took the lead in...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Clyde Church announces bid for La Plata County commissioner

La Plata County resident Clyde Church has announced his intention to run as a Democrat for the one La Plata County commissioner seat up for grabs in next year’s November election. “I really have...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Positions available on county boards, commissions

La Plata County commissioners are seeking county residents who want to serve in positions on boards or commissions. Boards and commissions with available positions include: Board of Adjustment,...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County to receive backlog for oil and gas royalties

La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday approved an oil and gas lease with BP American Production Co. for minerals located under a strip of U.S. Highway 160 near Bayfield. According to county...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County planning commission OKs shooting range

La Plata County Planning Commissioners have approved a request for a new shooting range and personal gun safety instruction school, which will be located a few miles southwest of Durango-La Plata...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Voter turnout low in election that could raise taxes in parts of La Plata County

Voter turnout is expected to be low in the upcoming election that could raise property taxes to fund the Durango Fire Protection District. Durango School District 9-R board of directors has three...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ethics complaint against La Plata County commissioners falls flat

An independent review has found no wrongdoing on the part of La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt, who was accused of having a conflict of interest and accepting things of value while serving...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chuck Stevens named as La Plata County assistant manager

La Plata County government has tapped Chuck Stevens as assistant county manager, effective Oct. 30. Stevens worked as applications manager in the La Plata County information technology department...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Few show up to comment on La Plata County’s 2018 budget

The near absence of public input on La Plata County’s 2018 proposed budget, which is riddled with cuts to services amid a continuing decrease in oil and gas revenues, was probably the loudest voice...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Youth Services moves into county-owned home

La Plata Youth Services, a nonprofit that serves at-risk youths, opened last week in its new location at the former county manager’s house at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. The long-vacant...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News