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Study: Climate change is transforming local forests

In the past 20 years, Southwest Colorado forests have been in the line of fire of an insect epidemic and disease. The pattern is a clue to a drying climate that could produce a much different...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2017 | UPDATED: 1 day 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

On Colorado ranch, war survivors heal wounds

DENVER (AP) – They traveled from all over the country to meet at a cattle ranch on the remote Eastern Plains of Colorado. They came to ride horses, pen cattle, rake muck and bask in the great...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Former New Mexico farmer morphs into master mandolin maker

CABALLO, N.M. (AP) – To get to Bill Bussmann’s house, you take exit 63, the Hillsboro exit, off of I-25, about two hours south of Albuquerque. It gets interesting after that. Instructions for...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Rock hiding craze sweeps Alamogordo

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. – A new craze has hit Alamogordo, one that involves residents of all ages painting and hiding rocks throughout the community. “My sister lives in Illinois and they do the rock...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Burmese refugee family to get home from Habitat for Humanity

GREELEY (AP) – Marry Naing grew up in a refugee camp in Thailand. No one had cars. There were no big buildings. There was no electricity. When she looks back on her childhood, she remembers being...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Proposed drilling near Hovenweep criticized for potential harm to views, night sky

New drilling rigs and oil and gas infrastructure could sprout within sight of Hovenweep National Monument, according to a proposed March lease sale issued by a Utah office of the Bureau of Land...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Recycling program collects thousands of pounds of hay-bale twine in Southwest Colorado

Farmers already do a lot of recycling, from using manure to make compost to repurposing wooden pallets to fix fencing and even reusing oil from tractors to run heaters. However, as is the case...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Indigenous knowledge helps untangle mystery of Mesa Verde

Long ago in the north Lies the road of emergence! Yonder our ancestors live, Yonder we take our being. Yet now we come southwards For cloud flowers blossom here Here the lightning flashes, Rain...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Astronomy fans seek approval for observatory atop Colorado’s Pikes Peak

COLORADO SPRINGS – Astronomy enthusiasts are seeking permission to build an observatory atop Colorado’s Pikes Peak. The National Space Science and Technology Institute based in Colorado Springs,...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Mesa County landfill wins award for painting over trash daily

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – A problem that started with dirt and was solved with paint has earned a landfill an award for innovation, and Mesa County has the first waste-management team in Colorado to...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Forest Service seeks operator for historic cabins

The San Juan National Forest is seeking applications to operate the historic Aspen and Glade guard stations. A successful applicant will gain a commercial permit for renting the cabins to the...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango’s First Presbyterian Church repairs homes for Navajo families

Between 2011 and 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development conducted the largest investigation ever undertaken on the housing crisis that plagues Native American reservations....

DATE: Oct. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life