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Jobs largely return in Southwest Colorado, but what does winter hold?

Unemployment in La Plata and Montezuma counties continues to drop after spiking in April when the most severe stay-at-home restrictions closed restaurants and most retail stores. But the downward...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire near Purgatory Resort listed at 6 acres

The Needles Fire near Lift 2 at Purgatory Resort was listed at 6 acres in size Thursday afternoon with limited growth overnight and no growth during the day. Esther Godson, spokeswoman with the San...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Steamworks closes after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Steamworks Brewing Co. closed Wednesday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19 and will remain closed for at least three days. Kris Oyler, president of Peak Food & Beverage Co., said the...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Wildfire breaks out near Purgatory Resort

A wildfire, dubbed “The Needles Fire,” broke out about 3 p.m. Wednesday near Purgatory Resort. Two single-engine air tankers and more than 20 firefighters were working the blaze Wednesday...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

After rally, behavior of 9-R students, teacher under investigation

Durango School District 9-R is investigating whether inappropriate activity occurred during a student-organized rally to express concern about climate change that culminated in an angry...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Glider incident delays two flights at Durango-La Plata County Airport

Two commercial flights to Durango-La Plata County Airport were delayed late Sunday morning after a glider had an incident on landing that closed the runway for about 1½ hours. Tony Vicari, aviation...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College adds nutrition major

A new bachelor’s degree program in nutrition was approved by the Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees at their meeting on Saturday. It will be offered through the school’s growing Health Sciences...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Quarantine begins for 19 Durango School District 9-R students

Nineteen students at Animas Valley Elementary began a quarantine Thursday after a potential exposure to a person displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Because of the severity of the symptoms the...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge rejects plea agreement for man suspected of flashing Durango gas station attendant

A plea agreement that required no jail time for a man who exposed his genitals to a female gas station attendant for several minutes was rejected Tuesday by La Plata County Court Judge Dondi...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College enrollment rises 4%

Enrollment increased 4% for the fall semester at Fort Lewis College, halting a multiyear slide in student numbers that had pinched school budgets. Fall enrollment came in at 3,443 compared with...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Frustrated and overworked: Durango teachers speak out

The experience of teachers at Durango School District 9-R is only one case study, but it is probably not unique. At this week’s school board meeting, a trio of teachers expressed the stresses and...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Red flag warning issued for Southwest Colorado

Critical fire conditions in the southwestern corner of Colorado, including the city of Cortez, have led the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday....

DATE: Sept. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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