La Plata County Search and Rescue

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

Teenager rescued from Cascade Creek waterfalls

A 16-year-old boy was rescued from the waterfalls at Cascade Creek Thursday evening, The rescue efforts for the uninjured teen started shortly before 4 p.m., said Ron Corkish, the president of the...

DATE: July 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman dies jumping waterfalls at Cascade Creek; two rescued

A rescue turned into a recovery Sunday afternoon on Cascade Creek. “I can confirm we have a victim,” La Plata Search and Rescue President Ron Corkish said. “But this is in San Juan County, and the...

DATE: July 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office gets new boat, organizes dive team

In November 2012, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office led a search of Vallecito Reservoir for missing teenager Dylan Redwine. But it needed the help of a dive team and turned to the New Mexico...

DATE: June 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Search-and-rescue crews’ new tool will help with wilderness extractions

Southwest Colorado’s hazardous terrain entices outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world – but adds an obstacle for search-and-rescue teams tasked with ensuring their safety. However, equipment...

DATE: June 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office gets new boat, organizes dive team

In November 2012, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office led a search of Vallecito Reservoir for missing teenager Dylan Redwine. But it needed the help of a dive team and turned to the New Mexico...

DATE: May 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Search called off for man with broken arm north of Durango

A 19-year-old man believed to have broken his arm in a fall in the Falls Creek area north of Durango apparently made it out of the wilderness on his own power, according to scanner reports. La...

DATE: May 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local icon Fred Kroeger dies at 97

Whether you call him the epitome of the Greatest Generation or the man who would not give up, former Durango Mayor Frederick V. Kroeger, who died Saturday at 97, left a legacy for generations of...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2015 | 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

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