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100 firefighters work to contain Bear Dance fire threatening Ignacio, Southern Ute tribal campus

About 100 firefighters continued to battle the Bear Dance fire on Saturday, a wildfire that flared to life just after noon Friday and threatened the town of Ignacio and the Southern Ute Tribal campus in southwest Colorado. Fire crews were working to set a perimeter around the fire that had by 3:40 p.m. Saturday consumed […]

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Durango & Silverton railroad will pay feds $20 million for 416 fire damage, stop using coal to power summer trains

By Aedan Hannon, The Durango Herald The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and its parent company, American Heritage Railways, will pay $20 million to settle a federal lawsuit stemming from the 416 fire. Separately, lawyers for 40 La Plata and San Juan county businesses and landowners that sued the tourist railway to recoup losses […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government

Lauren Boebert discusses, defends her backstory during Durango visit

By Patrick Armijo, The Durango Herald DURANGO — Lauren Boebert defended herself against the latest attacks that her origin story – growing up collecting welfare in a Democratic household while learning the Republican values of hard work at McDonald’s – is misleading. In a visit Tuesday to Durango, Boebert, the Republican candidate for 3rd Congressional […]

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Judge: Federal government’s lawsuit against Durango railroad over 2018 wildfire should proceed

By Jonathan Romeo, The Durango Herald DURANGO — In what could be a major blow to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a federal judge has recommended that a district court throw out the train’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which the U.S. government is seeking $25 million for fighting the 416 Fire. […]