Seth Marvin-Vanderryn

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Is accessing health care a Catch-22 for Durango’s homeless population?

On Nov. 10, Dean Allen Littrell, 57, froze to death in his sleeping bag in his makeshift camp in the woods behind Walmart. Despite recent local attention to the homeless population and a health...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango mayor no stranger to crisis

Each time Dean Brookie has assumed the mayoral role in the city of Durango, a disaster of unprecedented proportion has hit the town. Four months into his tenure as mayor in 2015, 3 million gallons...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

During dark winter, Fords enjoy sharing holiday lights with Durango

Patsy Ford looked outside her front window one evening last week and saw a young boy bouncing around on the snow in her front yard, looking with wonder at all the Christmas lights that decorate her...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Law enforcement pulls off Shop with a Cop event in Durango

The annual Shop with a Cop event took place Thursday in Durango, but it took on a different form than in previous years. Nick Stasi, a sergeant with the Durango Police Department and president of...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton undersheriff unbroken after several close calls

Before Steve Lowrance leaves for work, he sometimes tells his wife, “If for whatever reason I don’t make it back, just realize I always did what I thought was right.” Lowrance, undersheriff for the...

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

Pro bono lawyers team up to help Colorado businesses

A group of lawyers in Colorado has banded together to offer free legal advice to small businesses struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Keith Trammell, a partner at WhilmerHale in...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oakley, beloved wolf at sanctuary, dies after surgery

Wolfwood Refuge in Ignacio lost an important member of its family this week. Oakley, a 9-year-old, nearly 160-pound Alaskan wolf, died from complications related to surgery to repair a ruptured...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Operations supervisor leaves Chapman Hill after 20 years, many improvements

When Matt Morrissey began working at Chapman Hill 20 years ago, it was an unlikely destination for Durango residents. The hill was made up of a marginal ski hill, Rollerblade rink and dirt parking...

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

Is La Plata County reliably blue?

The 2020 general election in La Plata County had the highest voter turnout in recent memory – 76% of combined active and inactive voters – and results suggest La Plata County might be turning into...

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

Holiday fundraisers forced to get creative this year in Durango

For many, the winter holidays are about giving. And for some, that means opening their wallets for service-orientated nonprofits that work to improve the lives of the less fortunate. But area...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango no-kill shelter struggles to keep doors open during pandemic

Like many other organizations that rely on donations and fundraisers, Annie’s Orphans, a local no-kill dog shelter, rescue and sanctuary, has experienced a significant drop in funding as a result...

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

For Kathy Morris, community safety starts with the schools

Kathy Morris was driving to work listening to the radio when she first heard news of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. She pulled over to take it in. “It was just surreal,” she said. “... I...

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

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