La Plata County considers possible uses for vacated juvenile detention center

A homeless shelter? A new community corrections facility? Or a place for at-risk youths? The future of the now vacant Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center is up in the air, and it appears...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango soup kitchen cooking up plan to offer holistic services

Durango City Council is pushing forward on a long-awaited initiative meant to help people with unstable housing or low incomes: a centralized resource navigation center. City Council voted...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pop-up testing tracks COVID-19 in hard-to-reach groups

Tuesday was a COVID-19 testing day for people living at the Purple Cliffs homeless camp along La Posta Road (County Road 213). It’s part of a weekly pop-up testing effort put on by the Colorado...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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 renews site search for homeless community

The city of Durango is searching for a new campsite for unhoused community members, starting with the recognition that an ideal site likely doesn’t exist. The city of Durango and La Plata County...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Temperatures drop below zero across Southwest Colorado

If residents of Southwest Colorado felt a deep chill in the air Wednesday morning, nobody would blame them: The mercury dipped to new lows based on at least two decades of record-keeping. The...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Authorities identify homeless man found dead Monday

Authorities have identified a homeless man found dead Monday in downtown Durango. A La Plata County Sheriff’s Office deputy discovered the man’s body around 10 a.m. , just off the parking lot at...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man found dead Monday morning in downtown Durango

A man was found dead Monday morning in downtown Durango, believed to be a homeless individual in his 60s, according to the Durango Police Department. Cmdr. Ray Shupe said a La Plata County...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

2 fires extinguished at Purple Cliffs homeless camp

Two fires in one day at the Purple Cliffs homeless camp south of Durango have prompted law enforcement to offer outreach on how to safely have a fire, especially as cold temperatures this winter...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Outbreak of COVID-19 reported at Durango homeless camp

An outbreak of COVID-19 cases has been reported at the Purple Cliffs homeless camp south of Durango, according to state health department records. The outbreak was confirmed Tuesday, according to...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

COVID-19 stresses services for the unhoused in Farmington

It’s a brisk 50 degrees outside as half-brothers Jon Barney and Shorty Ambro enjoy a hearty lunch of Frito pie outside Daily Bread in Farmington. But on this night the temperature will drop to 17...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Durango eighth graders bake for shelter residents

Naia Heron and Myla Glaser may not be the most experienced bakers in La Plata County, but in the past year, the 13-year-old friends have spent plenty of kitchen time nurturing their love for...

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

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