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Juvenile detention center undergoes massive repairs after flooding

Denise Velasquez was in Pod B when the fire alarm sounded. “When an alarm goes off, the first thing you look for is smoke, so I went looking for smoke and instead I found water,” said Velasquez,...

DATE: March 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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County courthouse extends hours for new year

Court clerk extends office hours The clerk’s office in the La Plata County Courthouse, 1060 East Second Ave., has extended its opening and closing hours to better accommodate the public in 2017....

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

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Holiday closures scheduled for La Plata County

All La Plata County offices will be closed Dec. 23, Dec. 26, Dec. 30, and Jan. 2, 2017, in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3, for normal...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango-La Plata County Airport terminal plan may be scaled back

Plans for the Durango-La Plata County Airport expansion may need to be scaled back in light of the recent failure of a ballot question, some airport advisory commissioners said Thursday. Residents...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Friends say Franklin ‘Kwin’ Kuhlke ‘brought a light’

The cause of death for Franklin “Kwin” Kuhlke, 27, who died Friday, is pending toxicology results that should be available in about a month. “There were no gunshot or stab wounds or medical...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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County treasurer takes back her maiden name

No, La Plata County did not surreptitiously get a new treasurer. Elected as Allison Morrissey, the treasurer has retaken her maiden name and is now known as Allison Aichele. “I went through a...

DATE: June 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Kip Turner accepts Grand Junction airport job

Kip Turner, director of aviation at Durango-La Plata County Airport , has accepted the top job at the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority . The move comes as Durango and the county prepare to...

DATE: April 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Nonprofit could be helpful in recruiting new airline service

The Durango-La Plata County Airport Commission did not seem eager Thursday to spend more airport dollars to court new service right away, but it may seek help from a community nonprofit to bring...

DATE: April 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

King II permit decision delayed

By a 4-1 vote, La Plata County officials have continued yet again a decision on the King II coal mine’s land-use permit application, which has been under negotiation for about six years. On...

DATE: March 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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La Plata County code enforcement expands with economy

La Plata County Code Enforcement is adding a second code enforcement officer, which the department credits to a recovering economy and marijuana’s legalization. Code enforcement, a component of the...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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What’s to come in 2016?

Affordable housing and money for a new airport terminal are among the issues that area residents will likely hear about often in 2016. County residents might be asked again to increase taxes to pay...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Man airlifted after injury in horse fall northeast of Durango

A 48-year-old man injured in a horse fall in the backcountry was in a helicopter and on his way to Mercy Regional Medical Center in about an hour and 20 minutes. The accident took place west of...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News