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La Plata County Search and Rescue

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

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

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

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

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

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

Durango woman rescued by helicopter from Engineer Mountain

A Durango woman was rescued by helicopter Monday from Engineer Mountain after experiencing health complications. Jon “Joni” Bender, 64, was in good spirits and undergoing tests Monday at Mercy...

DATE: July 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Missing hiker found north of Vallecito Reservoir

La Plata County Search and Rescue found a 19-year-old Nebraska man who was reported missing Thursday above Vallecito Reservoir after he failed to return from a hike. Christian Clear, of Alliance,...

DATE: July 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Searchers credit father for keeping kids safe during Weminuche trek

An Arizona family vacationing in the Weminuche Wilderness Area came across a Bayfield family lost for two nights in the area and helped guide them to safety. Mike and Laura Hampshire were in the...

DATE: July 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man, 3 children found safe by other hikers

As darkness fell and a thunderstorm moved into the Weminuche Wilderness on Monday, a Bayfield man and his three children, last seen Saturday, were brought by other hikers to safety. It was a happy...

DATE: July 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County to ask voters for property tax hike

It’s official: La Plata County voters will be asked for a second time to consider a property tax increase for road and bridge construction and maintenance. On Tuesday, county commissioners...

DATE: July 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Search and rescue crews retrieve hiker from Windom Peak

Search and rescue personnel embarked on a harrowing mission Sunday morning to retrieve a hiker who fractured his ankle on Windom Peak. The effort required a helicopter extraction at 13,200 feet....

DATE: July 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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