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La Plata County Sheriff’s Office looks for illegal homeless camps

With summer arriving and a potential surge of people living homeless in Durango, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office will begin more regular sweeps of illegal camps. “Now that we have warmer...

DATE: June 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 23 hours 13 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Man who assaulted sheriff’s deputy north of Durango sentenced

A La Plata County man convicted on four criminal charges related to a fight he had with law enforcement last year at the Glacier Club was sentenced Friday to two years in prison. William Cline IV,...

DATE: May 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff’s investigator, who brought calming presence, retires after 33 years

For Sgt. Ed Phippen, retiring after 33 years with the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office means becoming Superman – at least in the eyes of his grandchildren. “Most of the time, everybody’s a good guy...

DATE: May 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Honey House Distillery whips up hand sanitizer for first responders

In early March, Kevin Culhane, co-owner of Honeyville, made a call to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration: The coronavirus was coming to Colorado, and people would need hand sanitizer. “It was...

DATE: April 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man who led law enforcement on chase, hit deputy’s vehicle is sentenced

An Aztec man who led police on a chase and hit a sheriff’s vehicle in the process has been sentenced to three years of probation for felony eluding. Wade Christopher Anderson, 33, was facing up to...

DATE: April 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Domestic violence, burglaries increase during coronavirus lockdown

Domestic violence, neighborly disputes and burglaries are on the rise in La Plata County, a trend communities across the country are experiencing as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak....

DATE: April 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute detainees could be housed in La Plata County Jail

People detained by the Southern Ute Tribal Police could be housed in the La Plata County Jail as a result of coronavirus-related staffing shortages at the tribe’s detention center. The tribal jail...

DATE: April 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are city slickers escaping to Vallecito? Lake community sets up neighborhood watch

The weekend before the statewide stay-at-home order, the roads around Vallecito Lake were filled with cars, some with out-of-state license plates. “When you have people from Vegas walking into the...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Why are nonessential businesses still open in Durango?

Local health officials and law enforcement are starting to clamp down on nonessential businesses still operating despite Gov. Jared Polis’ executive order last week shuttering certain stores to...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is Southwest Colorado prepared for COVID-19?

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads in Colorado, La Plata County organizations face limited resources while working as fast as possible in a constantly shifting regulatory and emergency environment...

DATE: March 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crash closes County Road 234

A vehicle crashed into a tree on County Road 234 on Saturday, closing the road for about an hour and a half as emergency personnel attended to at least one person, according to La Plata County...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

In life or death situations, first responders can find themselves in the ‘dead zone’

There are some areas in La Plata County, and throughout Southwest Colorado, where cellphone and radio reception “dead zones” make first response in emergencies – and asking for help – nearly...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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