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Durango snowfall tops historic average

DURANGO, CO (KRQE) - Durango is getting hit with some major snow. The schools there have closed and many government offices are following suit. More than a foot has already fallen in some areas and the snow could keep falling through Friday night. At this point, the La Plata County airport is still


It snows on Durango’s state ski championship parade

Durango High School welcomed hundreds of skiers from around the state to the Colorado High School Activities Association state skiing championships Wednesday night with a torchlight parade and fireworks. As the snow fell, it also helped extinguish Durango’s big hopes of two days of skiing.


Schools canceled across Southwest Colorado for major winter storm

Good morning Southwest Colorado and welcome to the 62nd day of winter. We’ll keep this story updated with cancellations, road conditions and weather forecasts. Here’s what you need to know today:


Durango city councilors hope to solve conflict over sign ordinance

DURANGO, Colo. (KRQE) - Durango city councilors hope to compromise with local businesses over a sign ordinance. After the Supreme Court ruled sign ordinances may only specify the style of sign and not the language of a sign, city councilors updated the rules. But the changes they've made are rufflin


Herald fails readers on news about city

I applaud the Herald’s efforts to improve media literacy. It’s important to distinguish news from opinion and fact-based journalism from fake news. So I was sorry to see “John Simpson led fight against Durango’s proposed tax increase” (Feb. 18) reverse course on this commitment and instead present o


Falcon flies past Durango in 4A girls basketball state opener

Durango led 9-2 after one quarter after it had helped force 10 turnovers by Falcon and limited the visiting team to only four shot attempts in the opening eight minutes. Everything changed in the final three quarters.


Felon fails to appear in Cortez court after Durango standoff

Dolores resident John Finocchiaro racked up several warrants in Montezuma County Combined Courts on Wednesday when he failed to appear in court in at least four pending cases. Montezuma County Judge JenniLynn Lawrence expressed concern for public safety, particularly after Finocchiaro’s recent charg


La Plata County Search and Rescue on way to retrieve lost skier

La Plata County Search and Rescue was en route at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to retrieve a lost skier on the Purgatory Flats Trail near the Durango Nordic Center. Ron Corkish with La Plata County Search and Rescue said searchers had good coordinates for the missing skier, a minor, and he expected the skier


Girl's death haunted community, police arrested man in Colorado 45 years later

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators searched for decades for the killer of an 11-year-old girl who disappeared while walking home from summer school in a case that gripped a California seaside community.


Monica Lewinsky to share story of surviving cyberbullying in Durango

Monica Lewinsky describes herself as “patient zero” for losing her personal reputation on a global scale. In April during a visit to Durango, the former White House intern who had a sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton will share her story about surviving cyberbullying.


A tale of two forecasts: Weather observers offer different predictions for snowfall this week

Southwest Colorado is buried in deep snow, and more is coming. But exactly how much may be up to debate. Anywhere between 4 and 20 inches of snow is predicted to fall during the next few days in Durango – and such a broad range isn’t the fault of unpredictable weather but rather disagreeing weather


Despite month in Mexico, La Plata County commissioner says he’s showed up for work

Since taking office in January, La Plata County Commissioner Clyde Church has not missed a single meeting or vote. On paper, one would never know the newly elected commissioner has spent most of that time vacationing on a beach in Mexico.


Movies playing in Durango Feb. 22-28

Animas City Theatre(128 E. College Drive, 799-2281, www.animascitytheatre.com) NTLive: I’m Not Running(Saturday only) Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party pol


Missing Colorado Mom Was Blindfolded & Beaten with Bat by Fiancé, Police Say

Chilling new details have emerged in the case of missing Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth, who police now say was brutally murdered on Thanksgiving Day by her fiancé, Patrick Frazee.


Colorado woman's $8,000 tax bill leaves her in tears

Isadora Bielsky's tax bill this year brought her to tears. Last year, her family of four's refund topped $3,600. This year, the Colorado family owed in the thousands. "I plugged it all in and at first I thought oh my goodness we're getting $8,000 back and then I realized it was the wrong color … so


Barbara McLachlan to seek re-election in 2020

Rep. Barbara McLachlan, a Democrat from Durango, will run for re-election in 2020, according to an affidavit submitted last month to the Colorado Secretary of State. McLachlan, a retired teacher, was elected in 2016 to serve House District 59, or Archuleta, Hinsdale, Gunnison, Ouray, San Juan and La


Body, blood found on County Road 201

La Plata County Sheriff’s deputies say a body, pool of blood and abandoned vehicle were found Monday near the end of County Road 201, north of Durango. Around 6:20 p.m., the county Road and Bridge Department was moving snow and discovered a pool of blood somewhere near the vehicle, said sheriff’s sp


Durango approves new sign code

The Durango City Council approved a new sign code Tuesday intended to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling but criticized by some in the local business community for stomping out sidewalk signs.


Winter weather good for drought, tough on local resources

Dennis Phillips, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said Wednesday will offer a bit of respite for residents in Southwest Colorado digging out of a snowstorm that lasted from Monday and into much of Tuesday.


Storm to dump 2-3 feet of snow on parts of Colorado

Southern Colorado just keeps getting hammered with snow and it’s not close to slowing down yet. Places like Wolf Creek are reporting huge numbers – 24 inches of powder on the Tuesday morning stake, for instance.