Natural disasters

Firefighters use burnouts to outsmart 416 Fire

HERMOSA – The ominous plume north of Durango churned for an eleventh day Monday, putting up periodic puffs of black smoke as the blaze found pockets of thick vegetation – some discovered by natural...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Burro Fire grows to 1,400 acres; forest closing to recreation

The Burro Fire northeast of Dolores started in the Bear Creek drainage on Friday and has rapidly grown to 1,400 acres. The main fire is burning in steep spruce-fir timber 5 miles up the Bear Creek...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trump voters in storm-ravaged county confront climate change

PORT ARTHUR, Texas – The church was empty, except for the piano too heavy for one man to move. It had been 21 days since the greatest storm Wayne Christopher had ever seen dumped a year’s worth of...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

FEMA chief: Political disputes hurting Puerto Rico relief

WASHINGTON – Political differences are hurting the U.S. government’s response to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday. He did...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Ska Brewing party raises money for hurricane relief

Hurricane Irma’s impact on Ska Brewing Co.’s 22nd anniversary party sparked a relief effort that raised $28,000 for three Florida charities and the La Plata County Open Space Conservancy....

DATE: Sept. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cat 5 Hurricane Maria threatens storm-battered Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Hurricane Maria intensified into a potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm Monday as it surged toward islands in the eastern Caribbean, and forecasters warned it might...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

‘Pray for everybody’: Irma begins its assault on Florida

MIAMI – A monster Hurricane Irma roared into Florida with 130 mph winds Sunday for what could be a sustained assault on nearly the entire Sunshine State, flooding streets, knocking out power to...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Houston’s businesses inching back to work as waters recede

HOUSTON – Bobby Jucker has had it with hurricanes. In 2008, Hurricane Ike tore the roof off his business, Three Brothers Bakery. Now, he estimates, he’s facing $1 million in damage and lost revenue...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Relief comes slowly for coastal towns recovering from Harvey

SEADRIFT, Texas – Some shoreline communities that bore the brunt of Hurricane Harvey still need clean water, electricity and health care more than a week after the winds and rain subsided. Locals...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Billionaire Warren Buffett says hurricane damage will linger

OMAHA, Neb. – Billionaire Warren Buffett says the storm damage in Texas is staggering, but he isn’t sure yet how much insurance companies will have to pay in claims. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Flood insurance policies plunged before Harvey

WASHINGTON – Houston’s population is growing quickly, but when Harvey hit last weekend there were far fewer homes and other properties in the area with flood insurance than just five years ago,...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

National Center for Disaster Fraud gives tips to avoid fraud

The National Center for Disaster Fraud, developed by the U.S. Department of Justice during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, reminds the public to be aware of possible fraudulent activity related...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News