Social issues

How many homeless in Durango? Survey attempts to find out

Homeless Durango resident Thomas Murray has been camping without a tent in cold temperatures dipping below zero. “My hands and feet get the coldest,” he said. He was living in a Chrysler...

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

Doctors plan medical outreach to advise homeless residents

Susan Ristow, a retired doctor, was waiting for a medical appointment two years ago when she noticed a woman in pain having trouble filling out paperwork in the lobby of a health care center....

DATE: Jan. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Annual federal survey identifies 40 homeless residents in La Plata County

Experts who work in social services say a federal survey of homeless residents in the United States likely underrepresents the homelessness problem in Colorado. The U.S. Department of Housing and...

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

Dolores schools ban on-campus cellphone use

Something unusual is happening in Dolores schools. When secondary school Principal Jenifer Hufman walks around at recess and lunch, kids are talking to one another and playing together instead...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ignacio nonprofit, shattered by funding cuts, picks up the pieces

Southern Ute Community Action Programs is changing its name and making plans to rebuild in the wake of a decision by the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council to withdraw funding to the organization...

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

The Bridge begins construction on new shelter

The Bridge homeless shelter broke ground Thursday on a new $2.1 million facility at 735 N. Park St. in Cortez. The new building will have an overnight shelter on the first floor for up to 26 people...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sierra Edd’s art and activism makes space for Native women

Sierra Edd doesn’t separate her art from her activism or her activism from her art. For many years, that integration helped her develop a voice and a style in both forms of expression,...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

State opioid measures aim to address opioids as deaths continue to rise

New state laws seek to prevent patients from developing an opioid addition, expand access to addiction treatment and direct lawmakers to continue studying the problem for two more years. The scope...

DATE: June 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Documentary recounts Ignacio woman’s mysterious death

IGNACIO – Forty-four years ago, an Ignacio prom queen who had led the Chicano movement at the University of Colorado Boulder was killed by a car bomb near the campus – her unlikely path to activism...

DATE: April 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

OpenTable asks restaurants to provide a safe space for women in kitchens

If you work in a restaurant, you might soon be seeing a sign posted in your place of employment that shows its zero tolerance for harassment. The sign is the most visible part of a new initiative...

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Food

City of Durango may bar sitting, lying on downtown sidewalks

In their ongoing effort to find ways to reduce panhandling downtown, Durango city councilors are turning to Tempe, Arizona, where it is illegal to sit or lie on city sidewalks. “We certainly are...

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Documentary gives activist Dolores Huerta her due

Dolores Huerta has spent most of her adult life fighting to improve conditions for farm workers in the United States, but she often worked in the shadow of her fellow activist César Chavez....

DATE: March 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

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