U.S. District Court

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

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

Durango man sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for bank robbery

A Durango man was sentenced Thursday to 154 months (almost 13 years) in federal prison for a bank robbery in New Mexico, according to federal officials. Paul Fichera, 29, pleaded guilty earlier...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Four indicted on federal charges after Montezuma pot raids

Four suspects have been indicted on felony charges more than a month after a multi-agency raid of a large marijuana operation in Montezuma County. Jimmy Dang, Lisa Yang, Qi Lin Wu and Sang Teng...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Fraud Squad’ leader gets 2 years in prison for – fraud

A man was sentenced this week to two years in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering for collecting nearly $100,000 in stolen credit card money while serving time at the La...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Future of Village at Wolf Creek awaits judge’s decision

All court filings and arguments related to a lawsuit seeking to overturn the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to green-light the proposed Village at Wolf Creek are in the hands of Senior Judge...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coal boiler sparks federal lawsuit between Hesperus neighbors

A dispute brewing between Hesperus neighbors over a coal-fueled boiler prompted one to file a federal lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court in Denver. Robert Bridges and Karen Nakayama have...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Court sets up potential new gun control showdown

DENVER – A federal appeals court on Tuesday set up a potential new battle over gun control laws in Colorado after it sent a legal challenge back to a lower court to be dismissed. Sheriffs from most...

DATE: March 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Obama nominates Garland to high court, challenging GOP

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama nominated appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, thrusting a respected moderate jurist and former prosecutor into the center of...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Federal court rejects trails lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit against the San Juan National Forest by a hunting group upset over motorized trails north of Dolores. Opposition to single-track motorized trails...

DATE: June 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge delays rules

CASPER, Wyo. – A federal judge in Wyoming has postponed new federal rules for oil and gas drilling on federal land a day before they were set to take effect. The stay issued Tuesday by U.S....

DATE: June 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Coal company fights to mine

DENVER – A Colorado coal mine is at the center of a legal battle between the industry and environmentalists over whether coal’s impact on climate change needs to be considered before it is mined....

DATE: June 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

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