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County finance director resigns

Staff Writer Archuleta County will soon be without two key employees, with no new county administrator hired and the resignation of Diane Sorensen, finance director. The first search for a…

Woman identified, cause of death determined

Staff Writer A woman whose body was discovered in a ditch next to U.S. 160 just west of Pagosa Springs early in the afternoon of Jan. 16 has been identified…

Deputies shoot dog during incident

Staff Writer Deputies responding Friday afternoon, Jan. 18, to a call for assistance at a welfare check at a residence on Valley View, a street just north of U.S. 160…

Select county fees to increase in 2013

Staff Writer As part of beginning-of-the-year duties, the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday approved the 2013 fee schedule for county services, including changes to rates for recycling and trash collection…

Lucero appointed to chair BoCC

Staff Writer Clifford Lucero will again lead the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners, with Steve Wadley serving as vice chair — to the dismay of fellow commissioner Michael Whiting.…

Firefighters limit damage in structure fire

Staff Writer Early detection helped save an Archuleta County home from extensive fire damage Friday, Jan. 11. At about 2:10 p.m. on Jan. 11, the Pagosa Fire Protection District was…

Suspect enters ‘Not guilty’ plea

Staff Writer Mark Trail, a suspect in the May 2012 shooting of a horse and a September 2012 standoff with local law enforcement, entered “Not guilty” pleas in both cases…

Lady Pirates get win, begin league play

Staff Writer Friday’s snow and wind may have gotten in the way of one game, but the Pagosa Springs High School girls’ basketball team still walked away with a win…

Local man dies in ski accident

Staff Writer A local skier died at Wolf Creek Ski Area the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 9. John E. (Jack) Hummel, 70, a season pass holder at Wolf Creek Ski…

Body found next to highway

Staff Writer The body of a woman was discovered in a ditch along U.S. 160 just west of Pagosa Springs early Wednesday afternoon. The call was dispatched at about 12:30…