Alex Semadeni

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Brown’s Country Store keeps family-run businesses in style

Tucked away in the Mancos Valley a mile east of Mancos along U.S. Highway 160, sits Brown’s Country Store. The store, run by Roy Brown and his wife, Nina, has been serving the Mancos community for...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Living

Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District asks for property tax increase

The Fort Lewis Mesa Fire Protection District has filed paperwork for two ballot measures in November. The first measure is a mill levy increase, and the second measure is a proposal to...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man suspected of biting police officer during arrest

A man is suspected of biting a police officer on the arm early Friday while resisting arrest in Durango. Officers initially responded to a report of domestic violence at 4:33 a.m. in the 1400 block...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s next for youth detention center in Durango?

The future of the Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center is uncertain after the state abruptly shut down the program Thursday afternoon. The Colorado Department of Human Services, which owns the...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Botanical Companions looks to improve modern diets

Heather Reitz, founder of Botanical Companions in Mancos, believes the modern diet suffers from a lack of live plants. She founded her farm in 2017 to attempt to change that. Reitz was inspired by...

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

Crime fighting: There’s an app for that

Earlier this summer, a vehicle was found abandoned in La Plata County. Local law enforcement responded and had reason to believe the owner of the vehicle, a man from South Carolina, was suicidal...

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

Jurors hear closing arguments in strangulation case

Jurors began deliberating Tuesday afternoon in the first-degree murder case involving Silvino Martinez-Perez, who is suspected of killing his wife in April 2017 at the Lightner Creek Mobile Home...

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

Closing arguments made in drug-deal murder trial

Closing arguments were made Tuesday in the trial of Michael Jones, who is charged with first-degree murder in connection with a drug deal gone bad last year in the Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park. ...

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

Southwest Colorado television viewers in for another year of New Mexico politics, crime

As election season nears and the Denver Broncos prepare for the regular season, residents in Southwest Colorado will be subjected to another year of television from the Land of Enchantment,...

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

Jurors hear 911 tape in trial for man suspected of killing his wife

Prosecutors and defense attorneys spent time this week arguing whether Silvino Martinez-Perez should be charged with first-degree murder or manslaughter. Martinez-Perez, 36, is suspected of...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nearly $8,000 in boots stolen from Boot Barn

The Durango Police Department is investigating a case involving nearly $8,000 worth of boots that were stolen from Boot Barn. Between June 21 and June 28, employees at Boot Barn noticed 25 boots...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Matriarch’ of La Plata County Fair has no plans to retire

No one loves the La Plata County Fair as much as Emma Shock. As the 70th year of the annual event closes down, the 92-year-old says goodbye to one of her favorite parts of the year. “Christmas is...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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