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Email: parmijo@the-journal.com

Phone Number: (970) 564-6033

Fort Lewis College will return to in-person learning Feb. 1

In-person learning, with enrollment projected to be flat or down slightly, is slated to return to Fort Lewis College on Feb. 1, a few days after the spring semester begins on Jan. 28. All students,...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango firefighters quickly contain basement fire

Two men escaped uninjured after a fire started in the basement of a house at 477 East Fourth Ave. early Monday afternoon, and quick action by firefighters kept the blaze contained to the basement....

DATE: Dec. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

2 Durangoans killed in avalanche near Ophir Pass

The two backcountry skiers killed Saturday in an avalanche southeast of Ophir Pass have been identified as Dr. Jeff Paffendorf, 51, and Albert Perry, 55, both of Durango. A news release issued...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Economic leaders seek 5-star certification for Durango businesses

An effort led by local economic leaders to apply for and implement a state variance program allowing businesses greater operational freedom from COVID-19 restrictions will move forward with an aim...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College begins salary adjustments

The Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees has begun addressing salary inequities that have developed largely because the college has offered pay increases only once in the past three years. Trustees...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wife of Durango school superintendent suffers hip injury in crash

Olga Snowberger, the wife of Durango School District Superintendent Dan Snowberger, is recovering from hip-replacement surgery in the Denver area after she was injured Saturday in a...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Police Department cadet, wife receive help after home fire

A Sunday morning fire in Vallecito severely damaged the home of Durango Police Department Cadet Levi Bobian, but the department and the community are rallying to help him and his wife, Erin. Police...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smaller snowstorm expected Monday in Southwest Colorado

Sunday morning was less hectic for travelers in Southwest Colorado, after numerous crashes forced road closures during Saturday’s snowstorm, but another snowstorm is expected to hit Monday. “We...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Economic leaders seek ways to ease business restrictions

Economic leaders in Durango are looking to piggyback on an effort that started in Mesa County that gives businesses, especially restaurants, more breathing room to operate if they follow strict...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Preliminary injunction issued against CJ’s Diner

A preliminary injunction requiring CJ’s Diner to comply with all current public health orders in place for restaurants in La Plata County, including a ban on in-person dining, was issued Wednesday....

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

Wildlife crossings coming to U.S. Highway 160 east of Durango

Both a wildlife overpass and an underpass will be built next year on U.S. Highway 160 near Chimney Rock to reduce the number of vehicle-wildlife collisions. The $11.1 million project was largely...

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

Residents get some space to stretch at Purple Cliffs

Aquila Cota moved into upgraded digs Sunday, moving from a dome tent to a 12-foot by 12-foot canvas tent at the Purple Cliffs homeless camp. Rob McLaughlin helped organize an effort at his...

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

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