Cortez community remembers woman loved cheering her kids on at wrestling matches

When there’s a tragedy in Cortez, the community comes together. That was clear on Saturday as hundreds came out to celebrate the life of Holly Lynn Buffington-Yake, who died in a car crash in rural...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Fire Department practices rescues on icy lakes

Staff of the Durango Fire Protection District conducted a simulated ice rescue and cold-water drowning exercise last week on Turner Lake in Falls Creek. Leo Lloyd, an EMS training captain, said the...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

White Christmas likely in Southwest Colorado

Have a cup of cheer and enjoy what is likely to be a white Christmas in Durango and much of Southwest Colorado. Jeff Colton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction ,...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Enter Mesa Verde at ‘visitor’s sole risk’ during shutdown

Visitors to Mesa Verde National Park are advised to use “extreme caution” during a partial federal government shutdown that began midnight Friday. Large signs at the entrance to the visitors center...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

White Mesa Mill accepts Cherokee Nation radioactive waste

More than 10,000 tons of radioactive waste have been delivered from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma to the White Mesa Mill south of Blanding, Utah, to extract and recycle the uranium. The waste...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Volunteers laid foundation for successful homeless shelter in Cortez

Thirteen years ago, a small group of volunteers in Cortez vowed to do something about homeless people dying in their community during the winter, so they opened an emergency shelter. “People didn’t...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man suspected of assaulting deputy withdraws guilty plea

Stefen Chihocky pleaded guilty Tuesday in 22nd Judicial District Court to assaulting a Montezuma County Sheriff’s deputy in November, then withdrew his plea after Judge Todd Plewe declined to lower...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango woman chosen to head Colorado’s agriculture department

Gov.-elect Jared Polis has tapped Durango resident Kate Greenberg, who serves as the Western Program director for National Young Farmers Coalition, to head the state’s Department of Agriculture....

DATE: Dec. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public-private partnership promotes rehab on Bull Draw Fire

The Bureau of Land Management Uncompahgre Field Office, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Mule Deer Foundation and a local rancher plan to rehabilitate 6,400 acres of public lands affected by the Bull...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man gets 2 years in prison after 7th DUI

A Durango resident with seven DUI convictions over several decades and a pending felony DUI case in La Plata County was sentenced to two years with the Colorado Department of Corrections in 22nd...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hesperus Ski Area delays opening day

Hesperus Ski Area will delay its planned opening day because of lack of snow. Kim Oyler, spokeswoman for the ski area, said in a prepared statement Thursday that Hesperus Ski Area, 12 miles west of...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School Superintendent Dan Snowberger explains Needham incident

Durango School District Superintendent Dan Snowberger told the school board Wednesday that a 911 call involving the district’s public information officer, Julie Popp, came after school hours on a...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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