Jessica Pace

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Ditch, reservoir convention to tackle water, climate issues

The Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance will hold its 15th annual convention Feb. 15-17 in Ignacio. The nonprofit, founded in 2001, helps Colorado ditch companies, irrigation districts, farmers,...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Avalanche survivor wants to spare others from tragedy

“There’s no better feeling in the world” than to be hit by an avalanche probe after 10 minutes trapped beneath 5 feet of snow. Like many Durangoans, Jeremy Bird is drawn to the pristine yet...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County weighs cost-cutting options

To save pennies as revenue streams take a nosedive, La Plata County officials are considering a possible reduction of cellphone stipends and county-provided phones for employees. The proposal is...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tax break for homeowners may mean tight La Plata budget

Residential property owners are expected to get a tax break that will spell more trouble in 2018 for the La Plata County budget. Colorado properties will be reappraised this year, which happens...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Skiers, boarders say Ski Hesperus offers an affordable, convenient option

In the two weeks since Ski Hesperus opened for winter under new management, the slopes have seen a steady flow of skiers and snowboarders who say it offers an affordable and convenient option for a...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: More Sports

Lynx ambles among skiers, boarders at Purgatory Resort

A lynx ambled through a crowd of enthralled onlookers at Purgatory Resort on Wednesday, which was the second time in two weeks that the elusive animal crossed paths with humans in the area. ...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Less state grant money expected for local projects in 2017

Housing initiatives, building remodels, road maintenance and other infrastructure often are paid for with grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, but the department’s funding pool is...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lake Nighthorse to open seasonally to motorized boating

A final environmental assessment was released Monday for the Lake Nighthorse recreation plan, which will open waters to motorized boating for portions of the year. The Bureau of Reclamation chose...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s amateur weather guy grows an online following

Weather, for many, is an innocuous topic reserved for filling dead air. For Jeff Givens, it’s the subject of his favorite hobby and an underserved area of news in Southwest Colorado. To love...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Living

Consulting giant to close Durango offices

Engineering and environmental consulting giant CH2M will close its leased offices at Tech Center Drive in Durango. It is unclear when the location will be vacated, but CH2M spokeswoman Lorrie...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Southwest counties must provide Ute language help in elections

La Plata and Montezuma counties are now required to provide language assistance during elections to the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes per the minority language provision of the Voting...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata plans emergency, search uses for drones

Emergency operations and other county businesses just gained a technological edge. La Plata County recently purchased two unmanned aerial vehicles – drones – and have placed bids on a third, larger...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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