Position: County and Business Reporter

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 970-375-4515

About: Emery Cowan has been with the Herald since 2010. She has written for the Greeley Tribune, the Colorado Springs Gazette, Delicious Living magazine and the University of Colorado's alumni magazine, the Coloradan. She graduated from the University of Colorado with degrees in journalism and Spanish. Read More

The bad with the good

The journey of a can or plastic bottle tossed into Durango's blue plastic recycling bins can be a wild ride, involving fast-moving conveyor belts, massive drops and long road trips. That's the...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercury joins forces with PayPal

Durango’s Mercury last week announced a partnership with e-commerce giant PayPal that will allow the local company’s base of more than 80,000 merchants to accept payments via PayPal in their...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2013 | CATEGORY: Business

Ignacio town manager to leave

The town of Ignacio has begun the search for a new town manager after current manager Mike Lee submitted his resignation last month. His last day on the job will be Oct. 31. In a letter to the...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Utes establish sex-offender registry

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe will roll out a new sex-offender registration program during the coming months that will apply to Native Americans and non-Native Americans on tribal land. The...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Reviews mixed for Swift books

The name Swift Energy doesn’t ring a bell for most people around here. Up to now, the Houston-based gas and oil company that is about to drill the first shale-oil well in western La Plata County...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Business

County permit process gets easier

The process to get a permit to hold a special event and to create a secondary dwelling unit in the county will get easier because of revisions to the La Plata County Land Use Code that county...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

County tweaks natural-gas, oil regulations

Just like a 25-year-old car needs some mechanical work once in a while, La Plata County’s natural-gas and oil regulations have needed some touching up lately. Some code provisions conflicted with...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

First day on the clock

That August day has come again, the day when schools swell with teachers and students and summer days slip into memory. The first day of school, like its end-of-year bookend, is a familiar...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bringing fine dining to Ignacio

IGNACIO Plantains and purple Peruvian potatoes are a rare sight in rural Southwest Colorado. But here they were sitting beside prime-cut beef and an array of sauces in the shiny new kitchen of...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Business

BLM defers proposed oil, gas lease sales

More than 12,000 acres of federal mineral rights in Southwest Colorado that officials previously indicated would be up for gas and oil lease sale in November have been deferred. The only parcels...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Town, tribe intertwined

On the morning of the last Saturday in July, Ignacio’s Goddard Avenue lit up with floats, music and horses participating in the San Ignacio Fiesta parade. A perennial summertime event, this year’s...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Climbing the twin mountains of cancer

After her hair has grown back and the burns of her radiation scars have healed, Natanya Mallin will face another crushing challenge – a mountain of medical bills. Mallin, a 27-year-old who grew up...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

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