Durango Local News

Durango Local News

Durango, Colorado Local NEWS is part of Local NEWS Network (LNN), a unique platform to produce and distribute local NEWS programming in communities across the USA. Check us out on TV @ Durango Cable Channel 15 & Purgatory Cable Channel 3, online at www.durangolocal.news or on one of our 10 digital displays around town and at the airport. News Producer - Deborah Uroda, Executive Producer - Laurie Sigillito

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December 10, 2021 4 min

What would you plant first if you wanted to start a farm? The Bryant family planted 4,000 lavendar bushes on Los Miramontes Lavender Farm. Watch the story at www.durangolocal.news/newsstories/little-purple-flower-inspires-big-dreams-for-family-farm
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The San Juan Mountain Association harvests white firs from local forests to thin overgrowth, reduce wildfire fuels, and raise revenues during its annual Christmas Tree sale. Watch the  story at www.durangolocal.news/newsstories/buy-a-christmas-tree-save-the-forest
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The City of Durango is taking some of the most aggressive action to date to address the need for affordable and workforce housing. Learn about the initiatives under way.  Watch the full story at www.durangolocal.news/newsstories/city-of-durango-making-progress-on-housing-crisis
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December 2, 2021 2 min

In this edition of #LPEAwire, learn more about LPEA’s 2022 scholarships, help your neighbors keep the lights on this holiday season with LPEA’s Giving Tree program, and catch up on the latest with LPEA’s future power supply options. Watch the full story at www.durangolocal.news/newsstories/lpea-opens-2022-scholarship-program
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December 2, 2021 3 min

Durango Transit received the 2021 Outstanding Innovation Award from the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies for their work adding the Three Springs route during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the full story at www.durangolocal.news/newsstories/innovating-public-transportation.
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Visit the Festival of Trees to get into the holiday spirit and marvel at the inventiveness of this year's sponsors and the decoration themes they've created. The festival benefits Community Connections Inc.  Watch the full story at www.durangolocal.news/newsstories/enchanted-forest-of-christmas-trees-supports-community-connections-inc
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November 30, 2021 4 min

The Fort Lewis College Center for Innovation is one of the recipients of the Build to Scale Grant Program funded by the EDA. The grant will allow the Center to expand its current opportunities to include mentorship, more coworking spaces, and more partnerships to local and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Farmington evolved from a rural farming community to a national energy hub when New Mexico’s first commercial gas well was drilled one mile south of Aztec on October 21, 1921.

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If you've been in Durango for more than a couple of years, you know we like to go crazy with our holiday events, starting the day after Thanksgiving. Here's a brief roundup.

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November 22, 2021 4 min

Literally dozens of backcountry enthusiasts each year can thank La Plata County Search and Rescue volunteers who came looking for and found them, and in some cases, saved their lives.

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The new 40-unit Espero apartment complex will offer on-site support services to help residents overcome homelessness and the problems that led them there.

Watch the full story at www.durangolocal.news/newsstories/hopes-door-opens-to-homeless-housing-insecure
Sponsored by Closets Plus and Express Employment Professionals

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Luxury housing purchases comprise the bulk of real estate sales this fall. Learn why.

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Sponsored by Alpenglow Properties

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LPEA is on track to reduce its carbon footprint six to seven years ahead of schedule – AND – save $7 million a year.

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Erika Brown, Rick Peterson, and Andrea Parmenter will take seats on the Durango School District 9-R Board of Directors. Lawsuit still pending.

Watch the full story at www.durangolocal.news/newsstories/voters-say-no-to-building-durangos-future-slate
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In this edition of #LPEAwire, LPEA VP of Member Experience Hillary Knox highlights three things to watch out for: Your LPEA Capital Credit refund, phone scams, and LPEA’s annual “Fill the Bucket” food drive on November 20th.

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At the start of the summer, Durango-La Plata Airport announced two new carriers, Frontier and Delta, would start offering regular flights out of Durango. Although Delta has announced they will no longer be flying out of Durango beginning November 1, the summer had higher-than-usual numbers of people traveling to and from Durango, and it looks like the trend will continue into the holiday season. Interview with Tony Vicari.

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Animas High School students, faculty, and community members gathered to celebrate at the soon-to-be new location on the Fort Lewis College campus. This move was made possible by the BEST Grant. 

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When Barbara Hill began researching her family history twenty years ago, she had no idea that her great, great grandfather, Levi McCoy, was part of the posse to track down the most notorious outlaws in San Juan County, Porter, and Ike Stockton.  By Donna K. Hewett.

Watch the story at www.durangolocal.news/newsstories/my-own-pioneers-the-mccoys-and-the-hoods
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October 26, 2021 4 min

This year, Fort Lewis College has launched a new interdisciplinary program that combines river studies, river management, and engineering to help set up the next generation of river management officials. Interview with Dr. Gigi Richard.

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October 25, 2021 4 min

A local company is working to help make composting more accessible and sustainable. Table to Farm Compost provides resources, transportation, and information on composting and the benefits for the community. Interviews with co-owners Monique DiGiorgio and Taylor Hanson, Operations Director Chris Cullaz and Driver Jeremy Church.

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