Property owner wins tax battle with La Plata County

La Plata County has lost a legal battle against a property owner accused of using the agricultural-exempt tax status for its tax break, but not actually using the land for any ranching or farming...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are tiny homes an affordable housing solution for high-priced La Plata County?

For Sandra Brooks, living in a tiny home was an easy, affordable way to spend her retirement. “I wanted a place I felt I could live the rest of my life,” said Brooks, a resident at Escalante...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bad actors prompt road closure, increased security on Smelter Mountain

Vandalism, illegal off-roading, dumping trash, cutting down live trees – all of these damaging actions have forced increased security and closure measures on the road going up Smelter Mountain....

DATE: Dec. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Driven by Front Range, new oil and gas rules will impact La Plata County

La Plata County may have been ahead of the curve on keeping gas development in check, but new state rules put in place to regulate, not foster, the industry will have an impact in Southwest...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

New marijuana dispensary coming to Colorado-New Mexico line

A new marijuana dispensary was given the green light Tuesday to open near the Colorado-New Mexico border. La Plata County commissioners voted unanimously to approve the new business, called “Border...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rogue neighborhood’s Wild West days may be numbered

The Wild West-esque days may be coming to an end for a rogue neighborhood northwest of Durango that enjoyed little oversight or regulation for years. “It’s just this no man’s land that’s not being...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County adopts 2021 budget, with infrastructure spending

La Plata County commissioners approved the 2021 budget Tuesday that calls for several construction and development projects that aim to send an economic jolt during the COVID-19 pandemic. In all,...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

After 44 years, Butch Knowlton retires from La Plata County

After 44 years of tirelessly serving La Plata County, it was finally time to throw a party for Butch Knowlton as he approached retirement. But that turned out to be easier said than done. “We tried...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Marsha Porter-Norton wins seat for La Plata County commissioner

Democratic candidate Marsha Porter-Norton has officially won the seat for La Plata County commissioner for District 2. La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Parker called the election Friday...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s only community garden enters private ownership

Durango’s only community garden will move into private hands. On Tuesday, La Plata County commissioners approved the sale of a 1.19-acre property that is home to the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s next in La Plata County commissioner race that is too close to call?

Election season is going to extend just a little longer for the two candidates running for La Plata County commissioner in District 2, which has pit longtime locals Marsha Porter-Norton and Jack...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Matt Salka takes race for La Plata County’s District 3

Matt Salka, the former mayor of Bayfield, pulled ahead of local rancher Charly Minkler to win the race for District 3 on the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners. An update at 9:45 p.m....

DATE: Nov. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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