Durango police move toward reforming mental health response

Durango Police Department is aiming to launch a new pilot program in January that reforms how it responds to mental health-related incidents. The police department and Axis Health System are...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

After 45 years, have race relations improved in Farmington?

In summer 1974, Farmington was engulfed in racial justice protests after teenagers murdered three Navajo men. This summer, with racial justice movements spreading across the nation, government...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmington police address race, diversity and use of force

The Farmington Police Department addressed issues of race, diversity and use of force in a community discussion held Thursday night on Facebook Live. The event was centered on police reform....

DATE: Oct. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio police offer an inside look at de-escalation training

IGNACIO – Amid nationwide protests calling for police reform, the Ignacio Police Department offered an inside look at law enforcement training: a choose-your-own-adventure simulator with laser guns...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Police Department takes action on community outreach

The Durango Police Department is launching a new policing-focused community advisory committee with the goal of bringing unheard voices to the table. The police department has been ramping up its...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Police reforms begin to take root in La Plata County

La Plata County law enforcement agencies say they are well on their way to meeting new police reform policies passed by the Colorado Legislature in June. The reform law was prompted by the deaths...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police warn of scammers pretending to be law enforcement

Police are warning residents of a phone scam in which scammers identify themselves as law enforcement from either the Durango Police Department or the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office in an attempt...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield takes slow, steady approach to racial equity effort

Racial equity activism in Bayfield is chugging ahead, slowly but surely, with a new community group focused on tackling racism and inequality through collaboration. The Bayfield Racial Equity...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Enforcement stalls against Ignacio grocer accused of ignoring COVID-19 rules

Farmers Fresh Market in Ignacio still doesn’t require face coverings, a violation of state law, but local agencies’ enforcement efforts seem to have stalled. In July, La Plata County public health...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will CU be the first in Colorado to defund police?

Massive protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death led to legislation to curb police brutality in Colorado. But two high-profile efforts to “defund” or reshape police departments and security...

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

Bayfield brewery has liquor license suspended for violation

The state of Colorado ordered Bottom Shelf Brewery in Bayfield to close for 10 days after an investigation linked a liquor violation at the brewery to a fatal car crash in January. The Colorado...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coroner met with Aurora police before Elijah McClain’s cause of death was determined

The pathologist who performed the autopsy of Elijah McClain told the Adams County coroner that the manner of death “may be undetermined” – rather than a homicide – before he had reviewed complete...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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