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La Plata County officials pitch new location for possible homeless camp

La Plata County officials have identified a place for the homeless to legally sleep. The only problem: It happens to be on city property, and Durango city officials have so far been reluctant to...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

At last minute, Search and Rescue given new home

La Plata County Search and Rescue soon will finally have a place to call home. “I didn’t know it could get better than Christmas, but this is pretty darn close,” Ron Corkish, president of La Plata...

DATE: July 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield man found dead 9 days after fiancée went missing in river

Law enforcement has identified a man found dead Monday near Vallecito Reservoir as Scott Wiebe, 39, of Bayfield. The cause of death remained unknown as of Thursday, said Chris Burke, spokesman for...

DATE: June 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flyovers offer bird’s-eye view for Assessor’s Office, emergency personnel

In 2015, La Plata County started conducting flyovers in an attempt to use aerial photography to better inspect homes and businesses for tax purposes, and by all accounts, it has worked, adding...

DATE: June 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County approves $4.3 million remodel of armory building

La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday approved about $4.3 million to renovate the former National Guard armory building in Bodo Industrial Park to be used for the La Plata County Sheriff’s...

DATE: May 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez man arrested in connection with Ignacio death

Authorities have arrested a 50-year-old Cortez man on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with an investigation into a death last week in Ignacio. The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office on...

DATE: May 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango youth detention center remains closed, with uncertain future

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office deputies have become de facto babysitters and chauffeurs for children who break the law ever since a local juvenile detention center closed nine months ago, said...

DATE: May 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Death of man found off Smelter Mountain ruled accidental

The death of a Durango man who was found dead last month on Smelter Mountain has been ruled an accident, according to a final autopsy report. David Mondragon, 31, was found dead April 26 after it...

DATE: May 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police identify Ignacio man found dead Monday

Authorities on Tuesday released the name of an Ignacio man whose death is under investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith said authorities responded...

DATE: May 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Law enforcement investigates death near Ignacio

IGNACIO – Law enforcement made a large response Monday to a home a few miles north of Ignacio where a person was found dead inside the residence. La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith said authorities...

DATE: May 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Authorities piece together final days of Durango man’s life

An autopsy done Tuesday on a Durango man found dead last week on Smelter Mountain has not helped authorities piece together the circumstances of his death, according to La Plata County Coroner Jann...

DATE: May 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Deputy shot in high-speed car chase expected to fully recover

A San Juan County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was shot early Tuesday in a high-speed car chase came within “a half of an inch” of a possibly fatal injury after trying to prevent a suicidal woman...

DATE: April 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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