La Plata Search and Rescue finds missing hiker north of Durango

A 30-year-old man set out to complete all four Fourteeners, peaks reaching 14,000 feet or higher in altitude, in La Plata County’s Chicago Basin on Tuesday. He planned to return Thursday. When he...

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

La Plata County Search and Rescue settles into permanent home

After years adrift and scattered across the county, La Plata County Search and Rescue has a permanent home. “It has exceeded expectations,” said La Plata County Search and Rescue President Ron...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man with ankle injury rescued north of Durango

La Plata County Search and Rescue spent four hours Friday helping a man with a broken ankle out of the backcountry north of Durango. The man was mountain biking on the Pinkerton/Flagstaff Trail...

DATE: July 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vehicle allows faster rescue in backcountry north of Durango

Search and rescue crews in Southwest Colorado have a new toy to aid missions deep in the backcountry, and this one is tailored to ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks. As...

DATE: June 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kayaker rescued Saturday in Cascade Canyon

A crew from La Plata County Search and Rescue retrieved a kayaker Saturday afternoon after he suffered minor injuries in the Animas River in Cascade Canyon. Butch Knowlton, director of the La Plata...

DATE: June 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

78-year-old hiker rescued after falling 20 feet in backcountry

Emergency responders successfully rescued a 78-year-old man Wednesday after he fell 20 feet while hiking in the backcountry off U.S. Highway 550 in San Juan County. San Juan County Search and...

DATE: June 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fallen skier rescued near San Juan-San Miguel county line

A backcountry skier fell 200 feet and suffered serious injuries near Clear Lake sometime Wednesday morning or afternoon and was taken by helicopter and ambulance to Telluride. Jim Donovan,...

DATE: March 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Texas family loses way from Durango to Norwood, kicks off search mission

A Texas family relying on a GPS route to get to Norwood from Durango ended up lost on a snowpacked mountain road, spending the night in wintry conditions in the San Juan Mountains and kicking off a...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango shows up in force for Ed Zink memorial

If you want Ed Zink’s legacy of unwavering community service to continue, live it. That was the message to hundreds of people who attended a memorial service for the Durango native Monday at the...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Who pays for search and rescue missions?

When someone needs to be rescued in the backcountry, who pays? It turns out, there’s a number of funding sources to keep the La Plata County Search and Rescue team fully operational and ready to go...

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

Three injured in rollover crash near Bayfield

U.S. Highway 160 was closed in both directions east of Durango for more than 1½ hours Thursday evening after a single-vehicle rollover near Lon’s Automotive. The highway reopened about 6:30 p.m.,...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman dies on Colorado Trail after tree falls on tent

A 56-year-old female hiker died on the Colorado Trail after a tree fell on her tent late Monday. San Juan County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a post to social media around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday that the...

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

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