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Support Local - Use your 2022
Be Local Coupons!

Hurry! From now until November 1st explore and shop with over 270 locally owned businesses. From spa treatments to carpet cleaning; happy hours to rotating tires—Shop local & save by taking advantage of the 162 coupons offered in the 2022 Be Local Coupon Book!


Noel Night 2022

Let the countdown begin! This year's Noel Night is December 2nd, 2022.

Now in it's 20th year, Noel Night is a community-wide celebration kicking off the holiday shopping season and encouraging folks to skip the online shopping and shop, eat, and love local during the holidays (& beyond).

Learn more about Noel Night's history, sign-up as a participating business, and more by visiting

Noel Night is made possible by the partnership of Local First, Durango Business Improvement District, Main Ave Businesses, and the Durango Herald.


The 14th Annual Apple Days
This Saturday, Oct. 8th

Get ready to press apples into fresh local cider, eat tasty treats, participate in the apple pie-eating contest, and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities at this year's Annual Apple Days Festival!

To join in on the fun, be sure to swing by The Durango Farmers Market this Saturday October 8th from 9am - 12pm.

Spoketober Family “Fun” Ride
October 9th | 11AM

Cyclists of all ages and skill levels are invited to partake in Durango's largest group "fun" ride to kick off this month of Spoketober! The party starts at 11 am at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, where cyclist will gather for a group ride from the college to Buckley Park in downtown Durango.

Learn more about this month long cycling celebration at


Colorado District 3 Congressional Candidate Forum
October 12th | 6PM

With election day approaching, join with fellow voters and members of the League of Women Voters from across the Congressional Third District in this final meeting of CD3 candidates Lauren Boebert (R) and Adam Frisch (D).

Join via Zoom or Facebook here.

Attention La Plata County Renters!

The La Plata County Workforce Rental Assistance Program (WARP) is offering low-cost fixed rate micro-loans up to $500 to cover first month's rent, last month's rent, and/or security deposits for eligible La Plata County renters.

Learn more about the loan terms, read requirement details, and apply for the program, here!

WARP is made possible by the collaboration of La Plata Development Economic Alliance, La Plata County, the City of Durango & First Southwest Bank.


Now Hiring - Durango Farmers Market

Support the local food system, build community, and more! The Durango Farmers Market Board of Directors is looking for a Market Manager to kick off their 2023 season. This part-time position would begin Feb. 2023 and is the leader of the largest farmers market in Southwest Colorado.

Learn more & apply here...


Timeline planned for River City Hall proposed police and fire station

The city of Durango and Durango Fire Protection District are making progress in planning a proposed police/fire station at the River City Hall site. A number of public meetings are to be scheduled to review progress of station designs. The informational website featuring timeline and meeting schedule will launch later this month and be regularly updated with project progress. Read more in The Durango Herald...

Play a role in our local goverment in a county board and/or commision

La Plata County residents looking to share their strenghts and expertise in service of our community are welcome to apply for open positions in La Plata County's active boards and commissions. Individuals who serve in these positions participate in the on-going county government decision-making process and assist in the oversight of how services are provided to our residents. List of active boards and commissions can be found online. Applications are due October, 16th. Learn more...


Be Local Radio Show is LIVE on KDUR (91.9FM and 93.9FM) every Thursday at 9am! Be sure to tune in for the best local stories, features, and news. Find the following episodes and more by visiting Local First's Soundcloud.


EP 193: That's "Sew" Alpine

Louise Snodgrass and Hannah Trullaz dive into the world of Sew Alpine, a local gear + design business focused on creating high-quality, eco-minded products for outdoor enthusiasts. Join us for a conversation about sustainability in the gear industry and the behind the scenes of of creating high-quality, long lasting products.


EP 192: Music Matters at KDUR

KDUR Music Office Manager, Douglas DuPont, joins us in this episode to chat about the music and the dj's of our local community radio station. Learn about Douglas' role as Music Office Manager, the music that matters to KDUR and it's listeners, and who plays the tunes you hear day in and day out.


EP 191: Being a "Creative"

Olivia Trim, local artist and owner of Moonbeam Art & Design, joins us on the Be Local Radio Show to for a discussion about starting doing business as an artist and the challenges and rewards of being a "creative". Tune in to hear about the hurdles, the pains, the joys, and the inspiring steps forward in creating a livelihood as a creative entreprenuer and/or artist.

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