Are city slickers escaping to Vallecito? Lake community sets up neighborhood watch

The weekend before the statewide stay-at-home order, the roads around Vallecito Lake were filled with cars, some with out-of-state license plates. “When you have people from Vegas walking into the...

DATE: April 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County grinds to a halt after stay-at-home order

On Day 1 of a statewide stay-at-home order, Durango and La Plata County roads appeared congestion-free, parking lots were all but empty and residents seemed to have heeded Gov. Jared Polis’ mandate...

DATE: March 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local agencies suit up, turn on UV light to fight coronavirus

In the battle against coronavirus, first responders are stocking up on the tools they need to stay safe, including personal protective equipment and ultraviolet lights that zap the potentially...

DATE: March 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Upper Pine joins pilot program to rework ambulance services

Upper Pine River Fire Protection District joined a selective pilot program that will change how it offers ambulance services to Medicare patients in its 265-square-mile district. Ambulance...

DATE: March 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vallecito marina is closed during legal dispute among managers

Recreation at Vallecito Reservoir is temporarily frozen – literally and legally – because of a legal dispute between the groups managing the lake. Two managing groups – the nonprofit Vallecito...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain lion, too close for comfort, captured and sent to rehab

A 6-month-old mountain lion getting a little too close for comfort to homes and people around Vallecito was captured last weekend and sent to a rehabilitation center after wildlife officers...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

WATCH: Santa takes a break, skis on Vallecito Lake

Santa, it appears, took some time off from his Christmas delivery route to water ski on Vallecito Lake. Yes, the video was shot at the beginning of the decade, but Stan “Doc” Folsom, who dressed up...

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

After two-year closure, Nordic skiing may return in full to Vallecito Reservoir

The situation is looking a little brighter for people who want to Nordic ski around Vallecito Reservoir but have been prohibited from some popular areas after a dispute over user fees. For years,...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Logging starts on Middle Mountain, north of Vallecito

A logging operation for trees killed by the beetle outbreak has begun on Middle Mountain, north of Vallecito, which is expected to continue for the next three years. Joshua Merril-Exton, a timber...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rusty Shovel Saloon closes in Vallecito, focuses on Durango

VALLECITO – The Rusty Shovel Saloon, a bar and restaurant at Vallecito Reservoir, has closed after operating for five years in the small, lakeside community northeast of Durango. The saloon, known...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeowner shoots, kills bear in Vallecito

A homeowner in Vallecito on Sunday shot a bear displaying aggressive behavior and little fear of people, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. CPW spokesman Joe Lewandowski said the bear killed...

DATE: July 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man thrown from horse requires helicopter transport to Mercy

A longtime Pine River Valley resident is expected to recover after being thrown from a horse last weekend and suffering injuries that required helicopter transport to Mercy Regional Medical Center....

DATE: June 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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