Profiles

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

‘Durango Native’ revives Durango’s early days

There was a time before Durango had a Starbucks, a craft brewery or even paved roads. And that’s the era Jack Turner said he wants to bring back to life, if only for a night, with his new series,...

DATE: July 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Rotarian receives national award for ‘Service Above Self’

If you ask Joe Williams, he’s just a white kid raised without much on the Navajo Nation who made a living as an engineer and helped as many people along the way as he could. But ask the board of...

DATE: June 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Longtime Durango barber hangs up the shears

Tony Gallegos estimates he’s worn out 20 pairs of shears during the 43 years he’s cut hair at College Plaza Hair Design. He won’t be going through a 21st pair; he plans to retire June 13. After...

DATE: June 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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