Ignacio School District sees first COVID-19 case

An Ignacio Elementary School student tested positive for COVID-19 this week, prompting the school district’s first quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic. The school district instructed...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fall colors arrive in Southwest Colorado

Fall colors should peak during the next two weeks, making weekend drives prime times to catch autumn’s show. Esther Godson, spokeswoman for the San Juan National Forest, said, “From our employees...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Surgeries take toll on La Plata County Humane Society finances

The La Plata County Humane Society has spent thousands of dollars during the past couple of months on surgeries for dogs, so much so that it is worried about its ability to continue funding...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Acting BLM director remains in power, despite appointment nomination being withdrawn

William Perry Pendley remains acting director of the Bureau of Land Management more than a month after his nomination to officially lead the agency was withdrawn. Pendley was appointed to the role...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan Basin Public Health to provide COVID-19 testing event in Bayfield

San Juan Basin Public Health, in collaboration with Upper Pine River Fire Protection District, will provide free community drive-thru COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Upper Pine...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield takes slow, steady approach to racial equity effort

Racial equity activism in Bayfield is chugging ahead, slowly but surely, with a new community group focused on tackling racism and inequality through collaboration. The Bayfield Racial Equity...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield hires economic recovery coordinator

The town of Bayfield wants to help businesses access COVID-19 relief money so much that the town created a new position to help them do it. Beth Lamberson, former executive director of KSUT, is the...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Audit calls for improvements to Ignacio’s financial reporting

The town of Ignacio’s 2019 audit revealed both budgetary strengths and financial mishaps – errors town staff members vowed won’t happen again. The town ended 2019 in a strong financial position,...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘It’s a fantastic view of it all’; fire tower turns 50

DOLORES – Various birds zip and dive around the Benchmark Lookout fire tower as Rick Freimuth scans the horizon with binoculars for any sign of wildfire smoke. His panoramic view encompasses the...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango train receives $2 million grant to replace bridge

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has received nearly $2 million from a federal rail safety program to help pay for the replacement of a bridge over the Animas River, just south of...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

More Colorado fishing holes have closed this year than in the past 10

GREELEY — Juan Jiminez comes to Poudre Ponds for the peace. The fish are a bonus. Jiminez, 47, of Greeley works the graveyard shift stocking shelves at King Soopers. He loves to unwind after work...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Mountain bike park, controversial dirt bike route approved in Silverton

About 30 miles of new trails in Silverton geared at mountain biking were approved Monday, along with a controversial route for dirt bikes through the San Juan Mountains. Since June 2019, the Bureau...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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