Profiles

Davin Montoya reflects on a life in ranching and electricity

HESPERUS – When Davin Montoya focuses on something, it’s for the long haul – something driven by his passions. Since the late 1970s, he’s led the family ranching operation, which began in Southwest...

DATE: June 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oscar’s Cafe sees stable future, brings comfort to community

Paula Berg, who owns Oscar’s Cafe in Durango with her husband, Bruce, took a break from doing inventory Thursday to sit outside in a row of carefully spaced waiting chairs. In 45 minutes, three...

DATE: June 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango photographer downsizes gallery to spend more time behind camera

Observant downtown Durango regulars may have noticed an iconic presence on Main Avenue, Claude Steelman’s Wildshots Gallery, featuring his nature and wildlife photography, has migrated a few blocks...

DATE: May 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

After 29 years, Cole Hyson to close Colorado Trading Co.

At one time, pawn shops across the country looked up the value of guns, guitars, gold and everything in between in thick indexes published right here in Durango. Now, values are determined in...

DATE: March 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Renowned potter shapes fine arts program at San Juan College

FARMINGTON – It was in the back of his fifth grade art classroom, covered up and forgotten. But the pottery wheel caught the attention of then-11-year-old Don Ellis. After asking his teacher about...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Interim city manager seeks opportunity in challenge

Amber Blake is no stranger to obstacles – or opportunities, as she calls them. The interim city manager said she learned young what it means to be challenged – a good skill for someone thrust into...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango couple finds love at nursing home

Sometimes people search for love for years. Sometimes they find it when, or where, they least expect it. One Durango couple found love in the hallways of Four Corners Health Care Center. Carla...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

A passion for helping Durango’s homeless

Many seasonal workers in Southwest Colorado ditch their summer gigs when winter comes – but not Richard Dilworth. Dilworth has been employed as a homeless outreach coordinator with the Durango...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Matt Taylor, leader at Durango tech giant Worldpay, to retire

Don’t call it a retirement, call it a new chapter in life. Matt Taylor, the 44-year-old Durangoan who has led a “fairy tale” life becoming perhaps the most significant player in diversifying...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Travel defines chairwoman of Durango Ethics Board

Katherine Burgess couldn’t wait “to get the hell out of Dodge.” She was a teenager and had grown up poor in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated high school in 1964 and left for Lubbock, where she...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Running the rapids with Skippie

Although it’s probably impossible to prove, one would be hard-pressed to find another person who has rafted the Upper Animas River (excluding commercial trips) more than Skippie. The longtime,...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Keeping the county fair on track

It’s not exactly the equivalent of organizing a space shot, but when roosters are crowing, sheep are baaing, children are amped and parents are stressed, the team behind the scenes that has worked...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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