La Plata County Search and Rescue

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Rescue workers called to help injured hiker north of Durango

La Plata County Search and Rescue was working Tuesday evening to reach a hiker who fell and injured his knee on Missionary Ridge north of Durango. The lone hiker notified authorities of his...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Women thank Air Force for wilderness rescue

Two women who became lost this summer in the rugged wilderness northeast of Vallecito Reservoir gave thanks this week to the military team that saved them during a harrowing middle-of-the-night...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Boy Scouts build dog-training course for La Plata County Search and Rescue

When emergency strikes, La Plata County Search and Rescue K-9s have to be as prepared as their commanders. So two weeks ago, Boy Scout Troop 538 spent a Saturday building a six-obstacle training...

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

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Hiker rescued from Smelter Mountain

Emergency responders rescued a hiker stuck near the top of Smelter Mountain on its eastern side Saturday afternoon. The man was not hurt, but he got stuck just below the cliffs on the mountain....

DATE: Oct. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Neighbors: 9/11 events raise money for DAC, first responders

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist As a professional partygoer, there’s nothing I hate more than hearing, “This was one of the best events I ever attended,” about an event I missed. But that’s...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2016 | COLUMN: Neighbors

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Man, dog rescued from Mountain View Crest

A balmy Labor Day hike on Missionary Ridge led to a rainy night weathered in the wilderness for a 75-year-old local man and his black Labrador, Sprite. Neither suffered injuries, only the rain and...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Six people rescued from Cascade Creek

Emergency responders rescued four people from Cascade Creek on Monday afternoon, only to immediately receive another call to help two additional stranded waterfall jumpers in the same party out of...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Women lost in wilderness ‘thought we were going to die’

Ronda Ramsier and Carol Powell, both nurses, talked about what it would be like to die from hypothermia. The grim conversation came on their second night spent lost in near-freezing temperatures...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Llamas fending for themselves in high country

Two llamas remained on the lam Thursday, four days after their two handlers were rescued by helicopter from the Weminuche Wilderness northeast of Vallecito Reservoir. Dawson and Chai should be fine...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Two women rescued after three nights in Weminuche Wilderness

With help from the military, rescue workers early Sunday located two women who spent three nights lost in the Weminuche Wilderness northeast of Vallecito Reservoir. La Plata County Search and...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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For longtime lawman Dan Bender, a rescue becomes personal

Since 1982, I have been involved to some degree in almost every facet of search and rescue in Southwest Colorado: searches and rescues in the field; working as a K-9 handler; coordinating missions;...

DATE: July 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Rescue cards help fund local emergency responders

The season is ripe for outdoor adventures, which means search-and-rescue teams are at the ready to handle ensuing mishaps. Search-and-rescue operations are carried out with limited resources, but...

DATE: July 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News