Smoking debate lights up City Council meeting

The Durango City Council was urged to extend the smoking ban to the Animas River Trail, playgrounds and outdoor restaurant patios as necessary for the public health while skeptics worried about the...

DATE: April 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mercury headquarters is a go near Durango Mall

It has been a long and contentious process, but Mercury Payment Systems will finally break ground on its new corporate headquarters in a ceremony today after a lawsuit over the site delayed...

DATE: April 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Voters: No to electric franchise extension

Durango voters rejected a 20-year franchise extension for the La Plata Electric Association with 735 votes against and 694 for it, according to an unofficial tally reported Tuesday night that must...

DATE: April 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bag ban remains in limbo

The lack of consensus among members of a task force about reducing plastic bag usage shows how contentious the issue remains.On Wednesday during the last of two meetings on the matter, members were...

DATE: March 28, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango city councilor questions proposed garbage fee increases

Durango City Councilor Paul Broderick was baffled by city plans to move to a single-stream plan for managing its recyclables.If it’s supposed to be more efficient and increase recycle volume by 30...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Solutions hinge on involvement

Even before the recession began hammering family finances, researchers say, many of Colorado's working families were falling fast into poverty. The economic downturn continues to compound the...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Single mom overcomes poverty to earn degree

Nicole Pearson came to town six years ago ready to take on the world. Or at least a degree from Fort Lewis College.If only it had worked out so simply.She met someone. Then came two children....

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

The Durango way: Work lots, still come up short

It's a predicament many Durangoans know well: multiple jobs but still not enough money to pay all the bills. Earnings too high for assistance but too low to really make it.It's hanging onto the...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

When leaving is the only choice

As a single mother with a 3-year-old boy, Diana Williams faces tough decisions every day.Like what to cut when the grocery bill is the only thing left.“I could maybe get by eating ramen noodles and...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Children squeezed, too, in poverty’s clutches

As more La Plata County parents slip from security to poverty, educators and social service providers say the hardship inevitably trickles down to their children.“The impact on these kids is almost...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Single father of four fights to keep roof over family's head

Butch Lawrence started over three times last year. He's lived in the woods more than once. There was a time when “home” was his car, parked at a local gas station. Lawrence has four children...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

The new face of poverty? It's your neighbor's

Poverty isn't new in La Plata County, but today it has new faces.They are the faces of people with homes, cars and histories of self-sufficiency. Many of them aren't making it here anymore.“There...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

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