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Sean Smith

Domestic violence, burglaries increase during coronavirus lockdown

Domestic violence, neighborly disputes and burglaries are on the rise in La Plata County, a trend communities across the country are experiencing as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak....

DATE: April 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Why are nonessential businesses still open in Durango?

Local health officials and law enforcement are starting to clamp down on nonessential businesses still operating despite Gov. Jared Polis’ executive order last week shuttering certain stores to...

DATE: March 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Citing health order, San Juan County sheriff says he can close backcountry

It may not be a popular decision for backcountry skiers and snowmobilers feeling cooped up during the coronavirus outbreak, but it does appear San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad has the legal...

DATE: March 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

50 volunteers spend Sunday cleaning homeless camps

Work gloves on, rakes, shovels and hoes at the ready, about 50 civic-minded residents dedicated their Sunday afternoon to cleaning up scores of recently active homeless camps in Overend Mountain...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Who pays for search and rescue missions?

When someone needs to be rescued in the backcountry, who pays? It turns out, there’s a number of funding sources to keep the La Plata County Search and Rescue team fully operational and ready to go...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County sheriff appointed to state fire board

The La Plata County Sheriff this week joined two dozen private and public officials tasked by state legislators to revamp how Colorado promotes, funds and structures how it keeps people safe from...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County approves $4.3 million remodel of armory building

La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday approved about $4.3 million to renovate the former National Guard armory building in Bodo Industrial Park to be used for the La Plata County Sheriff’s...

DATE: May 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado AG shows support for vulnerable in Durango

Colorado’s top law officer assured Durango residents this weekend that he’s fighting for the state’s most disadvantaged, including people with mental illnesses, drug addictions and illegal...

DATE: May 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sheriff’s lieutenant resigns after stealing food from crime scene

A La Plata County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant who serves as commander of the Southwest Drug Task Force will resign at the end of the month after allegedly stealing food from a crime scene while on...

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

Juvenile detention center remains shuttered in Durango, with no new contractor

A juvenile detention center in Durango remains closed almost two months after the Colorado Department of Human Services suspended the license of Rite of Passage, the private company contracted to...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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