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City of Durango Announces Affordable Housing Allocations

The City of Durango has announced $5.2 million for affordable housing. Local land conservancy groups (The Old Fort at Hesperus, La Plata Open Space Conservancy, Montezuma Land Conservancy to name a few) are hosting a series of meetings on the top of equitable land access in the Durango and Montezuma/Cortez areas, and the City of Durango has announced an e-bike rebate for local individuals and businesses. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Happy Pappy’s Pizza and Wings and Pop’s Truck & RV Center

Local Tribes Get Broadband Boost

The 2021 infrastructure bill earmarked more money for broadband internet access than ever before. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is one beneficiary, getting nearly $44 million to connect nearly 1,800 Native American households to high speed internet. Funds will be deployed locally to help close the digital divide faced by Tribal communities. By Connor Shreve. This story is sponsored by Southwest Health System and Big O Tires

218 Acres of Land Saved

La Plata Open Space Conservancy announced the protection of 218 acres of land from future development through the use of conservation easements in La Plata County. A proposed plan to turn the former 9-R Administration Building into a community civic center is available for the public to view. Highway 172 between Ignacio and Elmore’s Corner began a resurfacing project this month, and Lake Nighthorse opens for summer recreation on March 31st. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by 2180 Lighting and Design Studio and Serious Texas BBQ

Making the Pura Vida

When Robert Holmes noticed a need for sober housing in La Plata County, Colorado, and San Juan County, New Mexico, he decided to do something about it, founding a nonprofit organization called Pura Vida for Good. Holmes, who is the owner of the river resort Tico Time on the Colorado/New Mexico border, plans to turn the resort festivals into benefits to fund the construction of and upkeep of sober housing and recovery homes in the two counties. This story is sponsored by CMIT Solutions and The Big Idea Makerspace at San Juan College

Serving Youth Where They Are

La Plata Youth Services is here for youths and teens at all stages - whether they need a bit of help at school or a safe place to spend the afternoon or weekend. With a variety of programs designed to target specific needs within the community, La Plata Youth Services aims to ensure the wellbeing and success of every young person it serves. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Service Master Restore and Serious Texas BBQ

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