Sunday, September 21, 2008



11:05 p.m. A caller from the 5800 block of Main Avenue said her boyfriend was drunk and
belligerent. He was to spend the night in another room.

11:54 p.m. A caller from the 5800 block of Main Avenue said here boyfriend was passed out in
front of her room.


11:49 a.m. A man sitting in a red van in the parking lot of Pueblo Community College, 701
Camino Del Rio, had been there since 9 a.m. watching people come and go.


2:00 a.m. A man was in the street screaming and hitting cars in the 2900 block of Richard
Drive. He had been kicked out of his house.

3:45 a.m. A neighbor reported a woman screaming in the 3600 block of 502. A deputy reported
finding a lot of cat hair in the road.

To Be Continued.....

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

CONSERVATION EASEMENTS: Since 2000, Colorado has encouraged land protection with a generous tax credit to conservation easement donors. The credit, worth 50% of the easement's value (but capped at $375,000), may be used against the donor's taxes or sold to other taxpayer's. Any portion unused/unsold in the year of the donation may be carried forward for 20 years. For 2008 the amount of this credit remains unchanged. However, House Bill 08-1354 has created new rules. Beginning in July 2008, easement appraisers must submit each appraisal, with a $600 fee, to the State for review; and beginning in January 2010, only easement granted to state-certified land trusts will generate a tax credit. The new certification program will begin accepting applications in January 2009.

Friday, September 12, 2008 In a recent article CNN featured "6 terrific town on the water." Many baby boomers dream of retiring somewhere by the water. CNN recommended a half-dozen places that are on a lake, a river or an ocean that won't sink your retirement budget.

Guess what? Durango was number one on the list.

Durango's name originates from the Basque word for "water town," thanks to the mighty Animas River, which flows almost parallel to our Main Avenue. CNN pointed out vacationers flock here to kayak, fly-fish or enjoy the water views from our many hiking, biking trails or from the network of shady parks along the river.

The Durango lifestyle with our arts community, quality restaurants, farmer's market and the surrounding San Juan National Forest together with our stable real estate economy is a major calling card for individuals seeking the ultimate in retirement location.

If we can assist you in gathering information about Durango give us a call or email. We'll be glad to help.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Monday 7:38 p.m.

A woman accidentally called 911 while programming the emergency number into her telephone.

Tuesday 12.15 p.m.

A woman's neighbor was standing at a window making derogatory statements in the 300 block of 23rd Street.

Friday 3:00 p.m.

A brand inspector needed assistance with a large number of goats on a road near U.S. Highway 160B and County Road 509.

Friday 5:35 p.m.

No one was inside an open store in the 1100 block of South Camino del Rio for 20 minutes. An employee forgot to lock up at closing.

Saturday 12.59 p.m.

Several mules and horses were in the road in the 8000 block of County Road 501, north of Bayfield.

To be continued.....

Friday, September 05, 2008

HOUSING ALLIANCE:* The local group that helps first-time home buyers get into La Plata County's competitive housing market is creating a nonprofit financial arm that could bring in millions of federal dollars.

The Regional Housing Alliance board of directors approved an agreement with La Plata Homes Fund Inc. on Wednesday, during its first meeting with new members from Bayfield. The approval allows the alliance to begin certifying the new fund as a non-profit organization.

The alliance works with families to make down payments on a home, and provides assistance and home-buyer classes in Bayfield, Ignacio and Durango.

Creating the fund as a tax-exempt nonprofit entity qualifies the alliance for federal money provided through the Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. The federal money would have to be matched dollar for dollar to be received locally.

The alliance has 100 families in home buyer classes and counseling.

*From the Durango Herald 09/05/08