Emily Hayes

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Plan for data tower in Mancos State Park faces backlash from residents

A new 40-foot tower on Jackson Gulch dam at Mancos State Park would transmit data from the reservoir to the Mancos Water Conservancy District in real time to reduce water loss. But some residents...

DATE: July 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Historic landscape in Southwest Colorado now permanently protected

For 30 years, Tom Macy has been working to preserve a 65,000-acre swath of land in the Navajo River Watershed of Southwest Colorado. As the Western representative for The Conservation Fund, an...

DATE: July 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez receives over $63,000 in insurance in embezzlement case

The Cortez City Council on Tuesday signed off on its insurance company’s offer of $63,000 to cover the amount that is believed to have been embezzled by the city’s former finance director. “That’s...

DATE: July 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Centura Health faces class-action lawsuit over billing practices

Franklin Walter went to Mercy Regional Medical Center for a routine knee replacement in April 2019. What he came away with two months later was a surprise bill totaling $1,216.73. Without an...

DATE: July 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will monsoons be enough to save farmers in Southwest Colorado?

In arid Southwest Colorado, farmers live rainstorm to rainstorm. The dark gray clouds that gather every afternoon since last week have been a reprieve for the region after a hot, dry spring. “Every...

DATE: July 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield fire district sends emergency response help to COVID-19-stricken Texas

A paramedic and a fire captain from the Upper Pine Fire Protection District in Bayfield traveled to Del Rio in southwestern Texas on Saturday to provide relief to emergency medical services workers...

DATE: July 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Campers, hikers stranded by heavy rains near Silverton

Heavy rainfall in San Juan County left several campers stranded near Silverton on Saturday and flooded the Ice Lake area, forcing the closure of County Road 7 beyond Ice Lake. Two campers crossed...

DATE: July 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

State issues high flood warning for San Juan Mountains

The Colorado Water Conservation Board posted a high flood warning for the San Juan Mountains on Twitter early Saturday, indicating an increased risk for mud and debris slides. Several county...

DATE: July 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Heavy rains, flash flooding expected for Southwest Colorado

After a period of high temperatures in early July, afternoon rain showers have brought cooler temperatures to Southwest Colorado. But the National Weather Service said the rains will grow in...

DATE: July 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police officers quit over accountability law

A new law meant to enhance accountability in law enforcement in Colorado has caused at least two officers to leave their positions at the Durango Police Department, and several others to take time...

DATE: July 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former sheriff’s deputy who taught scam avoidance almost falls for phone scam

Scammers pretending to be representatives of the Dish Network, a satellite television company, are calling people in the area and offering a fraudulent discount in exchange for a security deposit...

DATE: July 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

iAM MUSIC Institute brings live music back to Durango

The local iAM MUSIC Institute found a creative way to persevere with a performance during the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday. Earlier that morning, the staff measured and marked hexagons across...

DATE: July 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Music

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