Category: In The News

Pastures of James Ranch to remain undeveloped ‘forever’


Durango Herald 04/19/2016 Family Places final conservation easement on James Ranch The James Ranch has become an iconic landmark in Durango, known for its lush pastures and fresh food. And now, the deeply rooted family has taken steps to ensure the bulk of the 420-acre property will remain that way for generations. Recently, the Jameses

Efforts to bring Lake Nighthorse water to the thirsty begin


Durango Herald, 04/16/2016 Pipeline to bid; construction on horizon After years of planning, a key constituent to water security in southwest La Plata County is on its way. A 4.6-mile pipeline that will carry water from Lake Nighthorse to Lake Durango went to bid March 31, and construction is expected to start within a month.

Tax break could encourage land conservation


Durango Herald, 12/31/2015 Congress makes permanent incentives for conservation easements Landowners promise an unchanging, open landscape when they place a conservation easement on their property, and now, in return, Congress has guaranteed them the assurance of an annual tax break. On Dec. 18, Congress showed an uncharacteristic 318-109 bipartisan vote that makes tax incentives for

Couple restores mining-era boardinghouse outside Silverton


Durango Herald, 10/7/2015  Couple restores mining-era boardinghouse outside Silverton Dr. Bob Brokering always wanted a little log cabin in the woods, so when his wife was in Europe, he bought one. Only it wasn’t little. It was the historic miners’ boarding house adjacent to the Animas River outside Silverton near Eureka – 11,000 square feet

Open Space Conservancy hands out annual awards


Durango Herald, 09/23/2015  Open Space Conservancy hands out annual awards It has been a busy year for the La Plata Open Space Conservancy, and at the nonprofit’s annual appreciation picnic Sunday, two awards were handed out to major contributors. Lynndee Beller received the Volunteer Award and Cathy Metz received the Conservation Award. Read the full article

Beer with character


Durango Herald, 08/08/2015 Beer with character Ska Brewing Co. celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend. This year’s sold-out anniversary party will feature The Denver Vintage Reggae Society, the Mad Caddies and Reel Big Fish. Proceeds from the event, which can add up to $5,000, will be donated to La Plata Open Space Conservancy, an environmental

Durango city boards OK closure of illegal mountain-bike trails


Durango Herald, 05/07/2015 Durango city boards OK closure of illegal mountain-bike trails The Parks and Recreation and Natural Land Preservation advisory boards voted by an overwhelming majority to approve a natural-surface trails report that designates mountain-bike trails in City-owned conservation easements, Overend Mountain Park, Dalla Mountain Park and Horse Gulch, for closure and outlines some

Jerry Zink is Cattlemen’s man of the hour


Durango Herald, 05/05/2015 Jerry Zink is Cattlemen’s man of the hour LPOSC’s Board President, Jerry Zink, has been selected as La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen’s honored “Cattlemen of the Year”. Read the full article HERE.

Support LPOSC to preserve open space


Durango Herald, 04/18/2015 Support LPOSC to preserve open space In response to the story headlined “Headin’ Out West” (Herald, March 31) about the attraction of seniors to our area because of open space, I want to draw attention to an organization that makes this possible: La Plata Open Space Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust

Headin’ out West


Durango Herald, 05/30/2015 Retirees seeking out the good life A study by the Center for Western Priorities found that today’s senior retirees are three times as likely to relocate to regions of the West that have ample national forests, parks, monuments or conservation easements – protected land as it were. Read the full article HERE.