La Plata County officials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

County election turnout low so far

Election Day is a week away and so far turnout appears dismal. Only about 13 percent of voters, or 4,310 people, had turned in ballots by Monday afternoon, said La Plata County Clerk and Recorder...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County Planning OKs King Coal continuance

Groupo Cementos de Chihuahua Energy (GCC) will have an extension until Feb. 25 to complete a class II land use permit application, provided it continues efforts to mitigate noise, traffic and other...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County questions timing of pay raises

After initially backing a pay raise for elected officials, La Plata County commissioners on Wednesday took a step back. County Commissioner Brad Blake, a Republican, was the most vocal on the...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County will appoint new surveyor

La Plata County Commissioners are preparing to appoint a new county surveyor to replace Larry Connolly, who recently died. Connolly, 58, died of natural causes Monday. He was first elected in 2000...

DATE: July 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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