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County approves new homes near Bayfield, solar project west of Durango

La Plata County planning commissioners Thursday approved a conceptual plan for 14 new homes about 1 mile west of Bayfield, north of U.S. Highway 160. The property is part of the Heartwood Ranch...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘ACT Building’ to house three La Plata County offices

The new building for three La Plata County departments – the Assessor, Clerk & Recorder and Treasurer – is close to opening its doors. Megan Graham, county spokeswoman, said the Assessor and...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

How much development should occur between Durango and Bayfield?

Fast-food restaurants, strip-mall shopping centers, high-density housing: Is this the future of U.S. Highway 160 between Durango and Bayfield? The 16-mile or so drive between the two Southwest...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Walmart sues 32 Colorado counties in attempt to shrink tax bills

Walmart has sued just about every county in Colorado where the corporate giant has a store location, an aggressive legal tactic many big-box retailers are taking in an attempt to shrink their...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Amid national violence, La Plata County looks to increase security

La Plata County is proposing to beef up its security. As part of the draft 2020 budget, officials have called for four new security-guard positions to patrol county offices and facilities. The...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

It took two years, but district plans are complete

It took just one hour on Thursday to formally certify La Plata County’s district plan update, the culmination of a two-year effort. “I know it was hard, I know it was frustrating, I know it was...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County commission candidates file first expense report

One positive of announcing your candidacy early: There’s more time to raise money, and spend money. The first campaign expense filing for the November 2020 election shows La Plata County...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Did your county road make the list for 2020 improvements?

It looks like it’s going to be a relatively quiet year in 2020 for road improvement projects around the unincorporated parts of La Plata County. According to the county’s Public Works Director Jim...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

High-density developments sought in unincorporated La Plata County

Some developers in the unincorporated parts of La Plata County are seeking higher-density developments. At least that’s the takeaway from a handful of La Plata County properties that had their...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

County has no say in proposed uranium dump site

It turns out La Plata County has no authority to stop the construction of a uranium disposal site near Bondad proposed by the state’s health department. Recently, the Colorado Department of Public...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposed budget includes funding for new autopsy room

The La Plata County Coroner’s Office space crunch issues might soon be coming to an end. In its proposed 2020 budget, La Plata County proposes to fund a new autopsy room for the Coroner’s Office by...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

In turnaround, La Plata County budget in ‘healthy position’

After years of dramatic declines, La Plata County’s budget seems to be evening out, county officials said Tuesday. Since 2010, La Plata County’s property tax revenue has declined about 50% – from...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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