Emily Hayes

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Coronavirus is here. How will we deal when it flares up again?

When Gov. Jared Polis announced this week that hair salons, tattoo parlors and other retail businesses could soon reopen, his plan eased some of the tension building for workers who live paycheck...

DATE: April 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM approves opening 171,000 acres for oil, gas drilling in western Colorado

After about 10 years of collecting public comments and speaking with county and state leaders in Colorado, the Bureau of Land Management earlier this month released a final version of its...

DATE: April 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Farmers, ranchers now eligible for disaster assistance loans from SBA

Workers in the agricultural industry are now able to apply for disaster assistance loans under the Small Business Administration, creating another safety net for farmers and ranchers in Southwest...

DATE: April 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Forgiveness loans require Colorado’s small businesses to maintain all employees

A proposal of $380 billion in funding for small-business forgiveness loans passed in the U.S. Senate late Tuesday as part of a bill meant to tide over small businesses until the next economic...

DATE: April 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge to allow fishing, expanded hunting

Southern Colorado’s Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge plans to open sections of land along the Rio Grande River to fishing and expand the allowed acreage for hunting on its protected lands. It is...

DATE: April 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Where do U.S. Senate candidates stand?

The spread of the coronavirus and the government’s response to slow transmission has disrupted nearly every facet of life in Colorado. And how we practice politics, including gathering for county...

DATE: April 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawmakers walk line between public health and economic well-being

Questions about when to reopen the economy are being raised as the Small Business Administration announced Thursday it has run out of money to fund a popular emergency loan program Senate...

DATE: April 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tipton challenger James Iacino wins Democratic district assembly

Political newcomer and business owner James Iacino won the 3rd Congressional District’s Democratic assembly Wednesday with 49.4% of the delegate votes. He hopes to unseat Rep. Scott Tipton,...

DATE: April 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

During pandemic, shoppers increasingly purchase food directly from ranchers

For Montezuma County rancher Drew Gordanier, self-isolation has mostly felt like a normal early spring season. He’s sold some yearlings, but at a lower price, and will be moving cattle to the high...

DATE: April 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How to cut your own hair in self-isolation

After a few weeks under a statewide stay-at-home order, and with hair salons and barbershops closed for the foreseeable future, you might be thinking it’s time to learn how to cut your own hair....

DATE: April 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

CBD processing start-up could help Southwest Colorado hemp farmers

As one of the first states to legalize recreational cannabis, Colorado is well-positioned to make hemp its next big industry. At least Deepank Utkhede, director of the new CBD processing start-up...

DATE: April 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

10 easy steps to make your own face mask

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages everyone to wear cloth masks when leaving the home. But what if you don’t have a suitable bandanna or a face mask? Fear not. We’re here to...

DATE: April 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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