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Photos: Mancos takes on Haxtun in Colorado’s 8-man championship gameBluejays lose to Haxtun in historic season Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal8461300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal9971300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal7721300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal9701300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal10931300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal9171300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal11991300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal7011300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal8671300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal8101300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal7491300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal16641300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal14871300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal11121300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal10871300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal8691300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal9741300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal10661300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal9501300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal11121300Mancos senior Chase Moore drives for yardage during the CHSAA state 8-Man championship game, played between the Mancos Bluejays and the Haxtun Bulldogs on Friday at the CSU Pueblo ThunderBowl. Photo by Wendy Collison19773181Mancos senior Chase Moore drives for yardage during the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game, played between the Mancos Bluejays and the Haxtun Bulldogs on Friday at the CSU Pueblo ThunderBowl. Photo by Wendy Collison19412421Mancos senior Chase Moore runs for yardage during the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game between the Mancos Bluejays and the Haxtun Bulldogs on Friday at the CSU Pueblo ThunderBowl. Photo by Wendy Collison17472878Mancos senior Chase Moore drives for yardage during the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game, played between the Mancos Bluejays and the Haxtun Bulldogs on Friday, November 26, 2021 at the CSU Pueblo ThunderBowl. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Herald13552000Mancos senior Chase Moore drives for yardage during the CHSAA state A-8-Man championship game, played between the Mancos Bluejays and the Haxtun Bulldogs on Friday, November 26, 2021 at the CSU Pueblo ThunderBowl. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal15682000Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal8671300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal7661300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal14511300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal8651300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal16211300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal9421300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal14991300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal14911300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal16171300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal1992130024753157Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal9411300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal7781300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal16211300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal8651300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal14511300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal7661300Mancos takes on Haxtun in the CHSAA 8-Man state championship game Friday at CSU Pueblo's ThunderBowl. Haxtun won 40-0. Photo by Wendy Collison/Special to the Journal8671300
Bluejays lose to Haxtun in historic season
More than 500 runners turn out for Durango Turkey TrotAbout 500 runners take off at the start of the Durango Turkey Trot on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald7491300About 500 runners take off at the start of the Durango Turkey Trot on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald12281264About 500 runners take off at the start of the Durango Turkey Trot on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald7791300About 500 runners take off at the start of the Durango Turkey Trot on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald7551600Lew Sovocool gobbles like a turkey as he crosses the finish line in the Durango Turkey Trot 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College.The event is sponsored by Animas Surgical Hospital. Proceeds go to local charities. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1325950About 500 runners take off at the start of the Durango Turkey Trot on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald7071300About 500 runners take off at the start of the Durango Turkey Trot on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald8511288About 500 runners take off at the start of the Durango Turkey Trot on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald7841300About 500 runners take off at the start of the Durango Turkey Trot on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald7361600Sean Murray finishes strong in the Durango Turkey Trot 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. The event is sponsored by Animas Surgical Hospital. Proceeds go to local charities. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1367950Runners finish in the Durango Turkey Trot 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. The event is sponsored by Animas Surgical Hospital. Proceeds go to local charities. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald8621300Runners finish in the Durango Turkey Trot 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. The event is sponsored by Animas Surgical Hospital. Proceeds go to local charities. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1180950Runners finish in the Durango Turkey Trot 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald8681300Karla Sluis finishes strong in the Durango Turkey Trot 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. The event is sponsored by Animas Surgical Hospital. Proceeds go to local charities. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald8671300J. Unterreiner finishes strong in the Durango Turkey Trot 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9511300Brecken Dalley finishes strong in the Durango Turkey Trot 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1055950Runners finish in the Durango Turkey Trot 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10911300Maple Damien, left, and Grace Damien finish strong in the Durango Turkey Trot 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. The event is sponsored by Animas Surgical Hospital. Proceeds go to local charities. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald12141300Jackie Culp and Joel Culp finish strong in the Durango Turkey Trot 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1099950Daniel Hinds finishes strong in the Durango Turkey Trot 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1227950Paul Knight of Durango won the Durango Turkey Trot men’s division 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College with a time of 24:51.35. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald858600Paul Knight of Durango wins the Durango Turkey Trot men’s division 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College with a time of 24:51.35. The event is sponsored by Animas Surgical Hospital. Proceeds go to local charities. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9171300John Cusick of Denver places second in the Durango Turkey Trot men's division 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College with a time of 24:57.95. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9321300Madeleine Burns of Colorado Springs won the Durango Turkey Trot women's division 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College with a time of 29:21.65. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald863600Shannon Maloney of Durango placed second in the Durango Turkey Trot women's division 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College with a time of 30:24.89. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald880600Madeleine Burns of Colorado Springs wins the Durango Turkey Trot women's division 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College with a time of 29:21.65. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10221300Owen Babcock, left, and Bryan Gnehm push each other to the finish line in the Durango Turkey Trot 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10131271Quincy Sinek and others take off at the start of the Durango Turkey Trot 5-mile race on Thursday at Fort Lewis College. About 500 runners participated in the 5-mile race and about 200 in the 1-mile run this year after it was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11291600
City of Durango releases video explaining 2022 budgetResidents can check on projects without having to read thousands of line items1597899The city of Durango released a video helping explain the proposed budget fiscal year 2022. (Screenshot)With the city in the middle of its budget approval process for fiscal year 2022, city staff is working to demystify the massive document with an easy-to-watch video.“It was an easy way to give a snapshot to our residents,” said Durango City Manager José Madrigal. “They can go and see the video, and basically walk away with the gist of a budget without having to go through the hundreds and hundreds of documents and pages.”0VideoYouTube480360The video details some of the major projects and goals detailed in the upcoming year’s budget.Two big concerns Madrigal hears from residents when talking about budgets are worries about tax increases and questions about what new things the city is providing in the coming year.“When someone asks what they’re getting out of the budget this year, that’s always tough to show in the pages of the budget,” Madrigal said. “That’s what our video was really entrenched to say, is here’s what you’re getting and here’s why.”Much of what residents receive from the city’s budget has to do with the city trying to fund projects that meet the goals of the city’s strategic plan.Goals like enhanced livability, diversity and equity, and affordability and economic opportunity are highlighted in the video.“We’re looking at doing things like disability improvements in our Parks and Recreation areas and in our streets,” Madrigal said. “We need to figure out how we can allow those people with disabilities to safely use our services without fear of being hit by a car.”He said the big things coming up for residents are a number of capital improvement projects to update things like the city’s water and sewer infrastructure, improving Parks and Recreation amenities, and expanding transportation networks.A cost increase residents will notice is a $2.22 rate increase on water and sewage.“That’s to keep up with operation costs and fund some capital improvements that we need to accomplish so that we can continue to maintain and enhance our system, Madrigal said.The city’s budget video is one of a number of efforts city staff members are making to provide residents with more transparency of city operations.Another large effort on that front was the launching of the city’s OpenGov website earlier this year. OpenGov is a transparency tool that provides residents with real-time information about city spending.Madrigal said he hopes to continue to provide residents insight into city operations with the launching of a new video series where he will try to answer common questions he receives from residents.“We’re really trying to address any topics that come up where we get questions and see a pattern developing,” he said. “We can begin to put these videos up for residents so they can kind of learn a bit about city operations and why we do what we do.”njohnson@durangoherald.com
Residents can check on projects without having to read thousands of line items
Fort Lewis College men’s basketball take on the University of the SouthwestSkyhawks pull away in second half to win, 85-64Riley Farris of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot while playing the University of the Southwest on Wednesday at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald108312940123 Bayfield Marshal's Office building Will Wittman of Fort Lewis College slam dunks the ball while playing the University of the Southwest on Wednesday at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald286419380123 Bayfield Marshal's Office building Brenden Boatwright of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot while playing University of the Southwest on Wednesday at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald13819500123 Bayfield Marshal's Office building Bob Pietrack, head coach of the Fort Lewis College men's basketball team, gives his team some encouragement while playing the University of the Southwest on Wednesday at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald13569500123 Bayfield Marshal's Office building Jacquess Hobbs of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot over a University of the Southwest player on Wednesday at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald13949500123 Bayfield Marshal's Office building Riley Farris of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot while playing the University of the Southwest on Wednesday at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald14509500123 Bayfield Marshal's Office building Riley Farris of Fort Lewis College blocks a University of the Southwest shot on Wednesday at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald14109500123 Bayfield Marshal's Office building Cory Seng of Fort Lewis College lays the ball up for a basket while playing the University of the Southwest on Wednesday at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald12849500123 Bayfield Marshal's Office building Akuel Kot of Fort Lewis College watches his layup roll in for a basket while playing the University of the Southwest on Wednesday at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald13439500123 Bayfield Marshal's Office building Jacquess Hobbs of Fort Lewis College brings the ball up court while playing the University of the Southwest on Wednesday at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald12149500123 Bayfield Marshal's Office building Brenden Boatwright of Fort Lewis College battles under the basket to put up a shot while playing the University of the Southwest on Wednesday at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald13079500123 Bayfield Marshal's Office building Akuel Kot of Fort Lewis College battles under the basket to put up a shot while playing the University of the Southwest on Wednesday at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald13609500123 Bayfield Marshal's Office building
Skyhawks pull away in second half to win, 85-64
Colorado Department of Transportation examines winter driving in video seriesDocumentary-style shorts seek to raise awareness about being prepared16001028Colorado Department of Transportation has launched a new winter driving safety campaign to prepare drivers for the coming season. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)With winter well on its way, the Colorado Department of Transportation launched an educational video series this week about safe practices for winter driving.The series is called “Winter Driving in the Wild.” and features information on Colorado winter driving. The first video is narrated by a David Attenborough-esque voice.“The whole point of this campaign is to focus on driver behavior,” said CDOT spokeswoman Lisa Schwantes. “It’s driver behavior that is behind many of our crashes that happen. Whether it’s driving distracted or driving under the influence, or just driving unprepared.”CDOT released the first video in the series on Monday, and will continue to release more as winter approaches.0VideoYouTube480360The series will include videos about the passenger vehicle traction law, tire and snowplow safety, winter preparedness tips and a guide for winter driving resources.“Motorists who are unprepared for winter road conditions create dangerous situations for themselves and everyone on the road, not to mention the extended delays we see from spinouts, slide-offs and crashes,” said Andrew Hogle, CDOT public information officer, in a news release.In Southwest Colorado, CDOT recognizes five highly traveled mountain roads as major passes, including Red Mountain, Coal Bank, Molas, Lizard Head and Wolf Creek.Schwantes said Wolf Creek Pass is typically the most dangerous of the major passes in Southwest Colorado.“U.S. Highway 160 Wolf Creek Pass is very nice and wide in some areas, which makes the pass very deceiving for you to gain speed as you head down the pass from the summit,” she said. While not one of the area’s major passes, Schwantes said Hesperus Hill is another area that drivers should be mindful of this winter.“Hesperus Hill is 1,000 feet higher than Durango, so it will get double the amount of snow that the city of Durango will get,” she said. “Even heading 15 miles west out of Durango, folks need to be prepared for a change in weather and road conditions.”CDOT reminds drivers that having proper traction for winter weather is not just safe, it’s the law.When a passenger vehicle traction law is in effect, all drivers are required to have proper tires or chains for their vehicle.In a January 2020 study, CDOT found that 91% of in-state vehicles surveyed were in compliance with the passenger vehicle traction law, and 86% of out-of-state vehicles were in compliance.“The Traction Law is activated for safety and efficiency purposes,” Hogle said. “If everyone on the road has adequate tires and tread, then we’ll see fewer crashes and reduce delay times.”Before traveling this winter, CDOT recommends checking weather conditions, planning a route in advance, checking tires and knowing the laws.While on the road, CDOT asks drivers to make sure headlights are on, and keep speeds consistent with visibility of the road ahead. It’s illegal to pass a snowplow when it is operating its lights, or when it’s operating in a tandem formation with one or more snowplows.CDOT has a number of online resources for drivers to stay up to date on things like road conditions, travel alerts and scheduled lane closures. njohnson@durangoherald.com
Documentary-style shorts seek to raise awareness about being prepared
Durango High School takes on Evergreen High School in the Class 3A playoff game at DHS on SaturdayDemons win, 56-3Tyler Harms of Durango High School throws a pass while playing Evergreen High School during a Class 3A playoff game at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9631300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Walter Stauffer of Durango High School sacks the Evergreen High School quarterback during the Class 3A playoff game at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1134950Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald A Durango High School student rings the bell after DHS scored a touchdown while playing Evergreen High School during the Class 3A playoff game at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald8991300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Durango High School fans cheer on their team while playing Evergreen High School during the Class 3A playoff game at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald8671300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Walter Stauffer of Durango High School recovers an Evergreen High School fumble during the Class 3A playoffs at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald8191300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Durango High School fans cheer on their team while playing Evergreen High School during the Class 3A playoffs at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald7161300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Zach Haber of Durango High School crosses the goal line for a touchdown while playing Evergreen High School during the Class 3A playoff game at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11281300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald William Knight of Durango High School is triple teamed by Evergreen High School players during the Class 3A playoff game at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald12001300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Zach Haber of Durango High School follows his blockers while playing Evergreen High School during the Class 3A playoff game at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9551300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Jordan Stanley of Durango High School crosses the goal line for a touchdown while playing Evergreen High School during a Class 3A playoff game at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9431300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Sam Carozza of Durango High School kicks an extra point while playing Evergreen High School during the Class 3A playoff game at DHS on Saturday. Carozza made all eight of his point-after attempts. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald7601300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Jordan Stanley of Durango High School reaches for a pass while playing Evergreen High School during the Class 3A playoffs at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1180950Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Zach Haber of Durango High School runs the ball while playing Evergreen High School during the Class 3A playoffs at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9391300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Luke Wesley of Durango High School is tackled while playing Evergreen High School during a Class 3A playoff game at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald8421300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Chase Roberston of Durango High School returns an interception for a touchdown while playing Evergreen High School during the Class 3A playoff game at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald14541300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald A.J. Folk of Durango High School brings down an Evergreen High School player during a Class 3A playoff game at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1066950Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Durango High School football head coach Todd Casebier talks with his team while playing Evergreen High School during the Class 3A playoffs at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9211300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Durango High School players take the field before the start of the Evergreen High School Class 3A playoff game at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9831600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald Tagert Bardin of Durango High School goes up for a pass while playing Evergreen High School during the Class 3A playoffs at DHS on Saturday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1338950Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Herald
Fort Lewis College volleyball takes on Colorado Christian UniversityChay Swenson of Fort Lewis College digs a ball on Friday while playing Colorado Christian University at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9781300Fort Lewis College takes a timeout on Friday while playing Colorado Christian University at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald8141300Fort Lewis College blocks the ball on Friday while playing Colorado Christian University at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1424950Chay Swenson of Fort Lewis College makes a kill on Friday while playing Colorado Christian University at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1446950Makena Ahuna of Fort Lewis College sets the ball on Friday while playing Colorado Christian University at FLC.1402950Cameron Callahan of Fort Lewis College makes a kill on Friday while playing Colorado Christian University at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald879600Payton Harmann of Fort Lewis College sets the ball on Friday while playing Colorado Christian University at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1389946Makena Ahuna of Fort Lewis College cheers on her team on Friday while playing Colorado Christian University at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1461950Kamryn Lopez of Fort Lewis College digs a ball on Friday while playing Colorado Christian University at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1360950Fort Lewis College gets ready for a serve on Friday while playing Colorado Christian University at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10511300The referee has his eyes on the net during the Fort Lewis College volleyball game against Colorado Christian University on Friday at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1281894Fort Lewis College huddles up during a timeout on Friday while playing Colorado Christian University at FLC. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald8961300
Polis releases budget proposal focused on crime, homelessness and business recoveryColorado governor unveiled $40 billion plan for 2022-23 fiscal year56163744Colorado Gov. Jared Polis makes a point during a news conference about Colorado offering coronavirus vaccinations to children, Thursday in Denver. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)Gov. Jared Polis wants to spend hundreds of millions of dollars next fiscal year to ease the financial burden of government fees on businesses, reduce homelessness and combat rising crime.The Democrat, who is heading into the final year of his first term and preparing for reelection in 2022, unveiled the wish list Monday as part of his $40 billion budget proposal for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The plan incorporates state tax revenue and federal coronavirus relief dollars and calls for an 8.5% increase in discretionary spending by the Legislature, which will determine how much of Polis’ plan to pursue.Polis said the budget “doubles down” on his previous initiatives and is “our response to the call of the moment” as Colorado works to recover from the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.“These are proposals that Coloradans will see and feel in their everyday lives,” Polis said.0VideoYouTube480360The governor’s proposal also calls for major investments in efforts in education and to combat climate change and pollution, including the hiring of 50 new staffers for Colorado’s Air Pollution Control Division and spending $150 million to purchase electric school buses to replace their diesel-guzzling counterparts.1024682An electric school bus is seen reflected from bus doors at an International Zero Emission Bus Conference on Sept. 16 in Denver. Ninety-five percent of Colorado’s school buses are diesel-fueled. (Olivia Sun/The Colorado Sun)One of the largest line items in Polis’ plan is $600 million to address the state’s $1 billion unemployment insurance trust fund deficit. The $1 billion is owed to the federal government, and businesses will have to pay a surcharge to help cover the tab.Half of the $600 million will go toward buying down the debt while the rest will be distributed to lower the employer surcharge.Polis wants $100 million of the $600 million to come from federal coronavirus relief dollars the state received earlier this year. State lawmakers haven’t committed to that spending, though Republicans would like to see as much federal aid money go toward the deficit as possible.Another $50 million would be spent under Polis’ plan to prepay six months of fees businesses will owe to implement Colorado’s new paid family and medical leave program. Voters approved the program in 2020 through the passage of Proposition 118.“It would push (businesses’ payments) out closer to when the benefits kick in,” Polis said.There’s also a $51 million proposal to help businesses hire workers, including through job-training programs and apprenticeship programs. There would also be tens of millions of dollars set aside to increase child care options.The governor wants to spend $113 million on public safety. The dollars would go toward grants to reduce recidivism and boost forensic and investigative resources. Polis also wants to spread initiatives where behavioral health experts respond with police officers, which have been successful in Denver.The spending plan also includes $200 million to reduce homelessness, spread across drug and alcohol treatment investments, intervention strategies and community response efforts.“Homelessness has risen to the level of state priority,” Polis said. “We can no longer just say ‘Denver, you deal with it, it’s your fault. Colorado Springs you deal with it. Aurora you deal with it.’ I think it’s become an issue that affects all of us. ... We can either keep doing the same thing, which is not working, or we can say, ‘You know what, cities can’t do this alone. The state needs to step up.’”Crime and homelessness are two areas that Republicans are already attacking Polis on heading into the 2022 election. The issues haven’t been spending priorities for the governor in prior years.32602132Homeless people clear their belongings from a camp, as city of Denver officials warned that the homeless had to move from their makeshift structures along the sidewalks near the Denver Rescue Mission in downtown Denver. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press file)One new proposed program the governor unveiled Monday would pay local transit agencies to offer free fares on high ozone pollution days. This year was the worst in recent decades when it comes to ozone pollution for the northern Front Range.“It can play a role in changing habits and support long-term increases in ridership,” Polis said of the proposed program.Polis also wants to spend $10 million for an environmental study for the potential buildout of a Front Range passenger train system and direct money to help drive down energy-use in cannabis cultivation.Finally, the governor’s budget proposal calls for setting aside $1.8 billion for future budget obligations, including for schools, transportation and affordable housing, as well as $2 billion as a reserve for future economic downturns.The Colorado Sun is a reader-supported, nonpartisan news organization dedicated to covering Colorado issues. To learn more, go to coloradosun.com.
Colorado governor unveiled $40 billion plan for 2022-23 fiscal year
Durango High School boys’ soccer takes on Erie High School in the first round of class 4A state championships at DHSDemons advance with 3-1 winDurango High School goalie Fred Reiter stops an Erie High School shot on Thursday in the first round of the class 4A state championships at DHS. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9601300Davis Cameron of Durango High School battles with an Erie High School player on Thursday in the first round of the class 4A state championships at DHS. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10041300Sam Persing of Durango High School battles with an Erie High School player on Thursday in the first round of the class 4A state championships at DHS. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1238950Owen Carozza of Durango High School kicks the ball around an Erie High School player for a goal on Thursday in the first round of the class 4A state championships at DHS. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald711950Owen Carozza, right, of Durango High School celebrates his goal against Erie High School with teammate Cedar Newman on Thursday in the first round of the class 4A state championships at DHS. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10681300Owen Carozza of Durango High School celebrates his first of two goals against Erie High School on Thursday in the first round of the class 4A state championships at DHS. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1250950Nik Korte of Durango High School goes up for a header while playing Erie High School on Thursday in the first round of the class 4A state championships at DHS. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1360950Owen Carozza of Durango High School goes up for the ball while playing Erie High School on Thursday in the first round of the class 4A state championships at DHS. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1173950DHS goalie Fred Reiter launches the ball on Thursday night while playing Erie High School in the first round of the class 4A state championships at DHS. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9881300Zak Wentworth of Durango High School goes up for a header over an Erie High School player on Thursday in the first round of the class 4A state championships at DHS. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1217950Durango High School boy's soccer head coach Aaron Champenoy has a discussion with a referee while playing Erie High School on Thursday in the first round of the class 4A state championships at DHS. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10471300Cedar Newman of Durango High School looks to take a shot at the Erie High School goal on Thursday in the first round of the class 4A state championships at DHS. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1179950Fans cheer on the Durango High School boys’ soccer as they battle Erie High School on Thursday in the first round of the class 4A state championships at DHS. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald8671300jm@durangoherald.com
Demons advance with 3-1 win
Durango school board candidate gives sermon mentioning ‘separation of church and state,’ or lack thereofRichard ‘Dean’ Hill also says children come with owner’s manual: The Bible231153Richard "Dean" Hill is a candidate for Durango School District 9-R’s Board of Education. In an August church sermon, he made comments about the separation of church and state that gained attention on social media.(Courtesy of Dean Hill)Should specific theologies shape public school policy? Richard “Dean” Hill, a candidate for Durango School District 9-R school board, hasn’t exactly said so, but he has insisted that followers of Jesus Christ need to take their place as leaders among nonbelievers.The school board election, featuring seven candidates across three districts, has been the battle front for several issues of importance to parents of children in the 9-R school district. The lines have been drawn on the grounds of COVID-19 masking and school visitor policies, equity for students and school district transparency. But Hill has caught attention for his views on the so-called separation of church and state.Hill was featured in a 48-second video that had all the signs of a political attack ad. Dramatic music plays in the background as the video cuts from clip to clip of Hill, assistant pastor at Pine Valley Church in Bayfield, talking about how the separation of church and state doesn’t appear anywhere in the U.S. Constitution.The short video was cut together using clips from a Pine Valley Church service that was livestreamed on YouTube on Aug. 22. It begins with a clip of Hill saying that kids don’t come with an operator’s manual, but they do come with an owner’s manual: The Bible.Harrison Wendt, a Durango resident and former City Council candidate, said he began researching the candidates for school board when he came across Hill’s Aug. 22 sermon. He put together clips into a video and shared it on Facebook. Since then, many others have shared it.“There’s people my age, 25 and younger, who would probably never think about voting in a school board election who are actually going to vote for the first time because they see how dangerous his speech is,” Wendt said in an interview Monday.“... That’s what really caught my eye, a man who speaks so highly of maintaining freedom for children and parents and then gives a sermon a month earlier about how there is no separation of church and state and how the owner’s manual to a child is the Bible,” he said.The video is also hosted on the Save 9R Facebook page, which claims to be a bipartisan effort on the part of parents, teachers and local leaders “working to defend common sense, quality leadership for our 9R School Board and to educate and inform voters.”htmlSubtitles are overlaid on screen as Hill issues his most controversial quote from the video. The video shows Hill lamenting that “we believe the lie that there’s (such a) thing as separation of church and state.”“Really?” asks Hill. “There is no separation clause anywhere.”Another clip features Hill posing two questions: “What is the church going to do? And what is the government going to do?”As the video fades to black, more text appears on screen saying “Dean Hill doesn’t believe in the separation of Church and State” and tells La Plata County voters to vote by Nov. 2.There’s more to Hill’s approximately 50-minute sermon than the separation of church and state, and Hill seems to quickly move on from the subject. But the meaning behind Hill’s words doesn’t appear to change from how they appear in the short video criticizing Hill’s take on the separation of church and state.In the full sermon, Hill leads into his comments about church and state by saying, “We need to rise up. We need to take our place where we belong.”0VideoYouTube480360He added that the only reason that “separation of church and state” was phrased the way it is, is because “they were talking about, ‘We’re getting out of the Church of England and I don’t want the Church of England being our boss.’”In an interview with The Durango Herald, Hill doubled down on the fact that the phrase “separation of church and state” doesn’t appear in the Constitution.“There’s nowhere in the Constitution where that’s said,” Hill said. “In that speech, he (President Andrew Jackson) stated ... ‘What is the church’s responsibility to help people and what is the state’s responsibility?’“... And it (the Constitution) doesn’t say that as somebody who is a member of a church who believes in Jesus Christ shouldn’t be a part of politics.”Hill is correct when he says the Constitution doesn’t prohibit members of any religious institution from participating in politics. He was also correct when he said that the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear verbatim in the Constitution.What the Constitution does say of religion’s relationship with government is found in the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...”In a follow-up email asking Hill for his views about the Establishment Clause and how it relates to the separation of church and state, Hill responded by saying the Establishment Clause grants the freedom of religion. Hill said if elected to the school board, he will bring his worldview to the table just as other board members would bring theirs.“Our filters are different, but I also believe this: I’ve always been a consensus builder, I’ve always been a relationship builder,” Hill said. “My hope is that if I get in there, we can get together and come together and find the things that we agree upon rather than focusing on the things that we don’t agree upon.”Hill said the primary focus of school board members is to spend more time on the issues that are directed toward student achievement.“That’s the focus where I plan on moving toward,” Hill said. “How do we supply these skills, the strategies, the education, that these kids need to be a good workforce and a good solid citizen of the United States?”Hill is running against Richard “Rick” Petersen in the Durango 9-R school board District C election.cburney@durangoherald.com
Richard ‘Dean’ Hill also says children come with owner’s manual: The Bible