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DRIVER'S LICENSE: For our new residents, first of all WELCOME! Getting a driver's license: you must carry out within 30 days of becoming a resident. If you have resided in Colorado for 60 days, you are automatically considered a resident. Also, if you have purchased a home or business, have accep...
08/26/2007
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2ND HOMES: A recent study of 2nd home owners in the area suggests that many may one day become permanent residents.The study, funded by a Southwest Colorado quasi-governmental group, found that the owners of 17 percent of single family dwellings and 55 percent of condominiums in La Plata County h...
08/26/2007
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ENERGY TAX CREDITS: Energy is a hot topic these days. Everyone is concerned about how much we're using, how much we need, how our future demands are going to be met and how much is it going to cost. Energy, particularly electricity, is a vital part of our lives. It fuels our economy. Our business...
08/24/2007
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FLOOD INSURANCE: What is a Flood? Flood insurance covers direct physical loss caused by "flood." In simple terms, a flood is an excess of water on land that is normally dry. Here's the official definition used by the National Flood Insurance Program:A flood is "A general and temporary condition o...
08/24/2007
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CONSERVANCY: Everyone in Southwest Colorado owes his or her livelihood and well-being, either directly or indirectly, to our rich and diverse open lands. Few residents would be prospering today if there were no farms and ranches, no wildlife, no scenic open space and no tourist economy. It is vit...
08/23/2007

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BP: It is BP's policy to seek a Surface Use Agreement (SUA) with affected landowners for all new wells. In La Plata County, the company plans to drill new 80 acre infill wells from existing wellpads wherever possible. This modern approach to resource development will help keep impacts from BP's o...
08/20/2007
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GROWTH & TRAFFIC: As our area grows so does our traffic problems. As a result, expect to see more roundabouts on our streets in the Durango area. Several of these circular traffic-calming devices are planned to be installed in the near future.Later this summer or in early fall, a roundabout will ...
08/20/2007
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NATURAL GAS & YOU: In considering the purchase of a property in La Plata County, it is important to investigate the real estate listing and prior deeds to find out the exact nature of mineral ownership interests. Often, different parties own the surface and the subsurface. This is commonly referr...
08/19/2007
CONSERVATION IN ACTION: After years of negotiation the City of Durango purchased a 177 acre tract of land on the side of Animas Mountain known as Jacob's Cliffs from Jake Dalla. Now known as Dalla Mountain Park, the land has many unique features including spectacular cliffs and fields of enormous...
08/19/2007
CONSERVATION EASEMENTS: A conservation easement (or conservation restriction) is a legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. It allows you to continue to own and use your land and...
08/17/2007
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