Profiles

To resolve conflict, Durango resident reaches for old tool: Communication

Durangoan Rachel Turiel said her children don’t get allowance. She doesn’t punish them when they do something to upset her or others, and she doesn’t reward them when they do something she thinks...

DATE: March 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

John Simpson led fight against Durango’s proposed tax increase

John Simpson wants local government to be boring again – ironic for someone so infatuated with city finances. He has spent countless hours poring over city budgets, navigating the complex documents...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

A childhood dream to serve on a school board

Marianna Valdez seemed destined to serve on a school board. Even growing up, she was fascinated with schools for their interaction with the community. “I’ve always wanted to be on a school board,”...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ernest House Jr. learned young how to bridge cultures

Building partnerships and fostering relationships among different communities comes naturally to Ernest House Jr. Serving as executive director of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs for the...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Longtime federal magistrate David West to hang up the robe

If David West had a choice, he’d laugh. Not in the courtroom, of course, where he has worked for 32 years as a magistrate with the U.S. District Court in Durango. Judges, lawyers and friends...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Chef finds new career helping homeless

Heather Hinsley, who many Durangoans will know from her baking talents that made her cakes and desserts the go-to sweet fix at downtown coffeehouses and restaurants, is now using her culinary...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman helps those who want a better life in the United States

Deedee de Haro-Brown is angry. She’s been that way for a while. She’s upset about immigration rhetoric, and, as an American of Mexican heritage, she takes some of the vitriol about people who...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman seeks Miss Colorado crown to promote suicide awareness

Durango native Stephenie Riegel wanted to wear her cowboy boots to Saturday’s Miss Colorado Pageant but ditched the idea after she waded through a goat livestock pen and couldn’t wash the smell...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield woman fly fishes 52 rivers in 52 weeks

Shelley Walchak fell in love with fly fishing like a teenage girl falls in love with a boy. She was about 59 at the time, so older than a teenager, but the draw was similar. The woods and the water...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Who’s behind the murals going up around Durango?

Art matters for Hayley Kirkman, and that’s pretty evident around Durango. Murals popping up around town, first on the side of Durango Joe’s on College Drive and now behind Kroegers Ace Hardware ...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College’s new president launches a listening tour

Tom Stritikus is beginning his tenure as president of Fort Lewis College playing to a strength: listening. Stritikus is in the middle of a listening tour during his first weeks on campus. He...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two decades spent looking out for Skyhawk athletes

Even after years in the profession, former students of Wayne Barger still tap their mentor – pulling from his knowledge accrued in 22 years of taping ankles and dealing with the aches, pains and...

DATE: July 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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