Sep 30 2019
Durango City Council decided Tuesday to terminate City Manager Ron LeBlanc’s contract, ending his 12-year tenure, and appointed Assistant City Manager Amber Blake to serve in the interim position.
It is a mutual agreement between LeBlanc and the City Council. LeBlanc and the City Council agreed to publicize the settlement agreement and mutual release.
The city agreed…
Sep 30 2019
Durango City Council agreed Tuesday to offer resources for a temporary homeless camp established last week by La Plata County government south of downtown Durango.
La Plata County commissioners approved 200 acres of county land west of La Posta Road near the Purple Cliffs last week as a location for people without a home to sleep.…
Sep 10 2019
This famous quote coined by Zig Ziglar was taken to heart by the city of Durango at its Aug. 20 board meeting (see the Herald’s Aug. 27 article). Never heard of Ziglar? He was an American author, salesman and motivational speaker. I think he nailed it. How are we supposed to work toward a common…
Sep 06 2019
Durango City Council’s policy goals changed this week for the first time in five years, despite an almost $30 million revenue increase since 2014.
Most of the money the city spends to keep services and maintain infrastructure comes from taxpayers, and financial direction comes from goals established by the City Council each year. The objectives are…
Aug 09 2019
City Council vows to research how to achieve carbon-neutral goal
Dozens of area residents are asking the Durango City Council to set a goal of powering the city with 100% renewable energy by 2050, even if there isn’t a clear path to achieve the objective.
Community leaders, the San Juan Citizens Alliance, the Durango chapter of the…
Aug 09 2019
Durango’s city manager may soon be under a more watchful eye as the City Council mulls dozens of evaluation criteria for the municipality’s top administrator.
Five city councilors identified more than 100 measures of success for Durango’s city manager at a two-day special session in July. A consultant consolidated the list to about 79 criteria that…
Jul 30 2019
As elected officials in Durango, Colorado, and Aztec, New Mexico, we each serve communities that are very different. But what we have in common is a 2,500-square-mile problem that affects our shared economy, watershed and airshed. The Four Corners methane cloud is the largest source of methane pollution in North America and the reason why…
Jul 19 2019
Two recently elected city councilors pushed their colleagues to answer a question some members of the community, city government and civil rights groups have been asking for years: What role does the city have to play in addressing homelessness?
The question, for all intents and purposes, went unanswered Tuesday at a special study session attended by…
Jul 15 2019Durango doesn’t pay its workers enough, and if the municipality doesn’t start paying more soon, residents may see a decline in services, according to a study on city employee compensation.
Jul 13 2019Life as a homeless camper “wasn’t easy” for Bella Brown. Once, while living outdoors near Durango, her tent collapsed in the snow. She propped it up with her walking sticks.