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La Plata County Search and Rescue

Durango rock climber who fell 100 feet expected to survive

A 40-year-old rock climber from Durango who fell 100 feet while climbing in an area northeast of Durango on Saturday is expected to recover from his injuries, friends of the man said Sunday. Thad...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Update: Missing hikers east of Vallecito Lake found

Two missing hikers east of Vallecito Lake were found Saturday evening by Archuleta County officials, said Butch Knowlton, director of La Plata County Search and Rescue. La Plata County Search and...

DATE: July 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hiker rescued near summit of Mount Eolus

La Plata County Search and Rescue responded Thursday to Mount Eolus in the Weminuche Wilderness where a 19-year-old man fell and suffered a dislocated shoulder. The man was about 20 feet from the...

DATE: July 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hikers require search and rescue near Vallecito

A search and rescue operation ended Sunday morning after two hikers spent the night in the mountains around Vallecito Lake. According to Tom Brueckner, vice president of La Plata County Search and...

DATE: June 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

After fall, woman hikes out of Hermosa

The search for a 26-year-old woman in the Hermosa Creek area ended Saturday when she walked out to the South Hermosa Creek Trail Head on her own with the help of two hikers. “They were nice enough...

DATE: June 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Brief river search fizzles after report of someone in distress

Emergency workers searched up and down the La Plata River on Thursday for someone who possibly fell in and needed saving. According to scanner traffic, multiple agencies participated in the search,...

DATE: June 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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

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

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

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

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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