Southwest Colorado’s arborglyphs: Here yesterday, gone today

As ephemeral as a sand painting in the wind, a piece of Durango’s cultural heritage is slipping away. Culturally historic carvings cut into soft-barked aspen trees by sheepherders, cowboys or...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

As Forest Service budget shrinks, Durango nonprofit steps up

With the U.S. Forest Service’s budget cut in recent years, and an increasing need for routine maintenance projects on public lands, a local group in Durango is stepping up to help out. “We’ve seen...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Adults trying to understand dyslexia get a taste of the frustration, exasperation

Imagine trying to read a story printed backward, with each and every letter turned around, or trying to write your letters staring into a mirror rather than looking at the page. The ensuing...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Colorado Court of Appeals rules for uranium mine cleanup

The Colorado Court of Appeals has ordered the long-dormant Van 4 uranium mine near the lower Dolores River to be closed down and cleaned up. Environmental groups say the decision is...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Native American shield returned to New Mexico from France

ALBUQUERQUE – A ceremonial Native American shield has been welcomed back to New Mexico by tribal leaders, in the culmination of a yearslong international campaign to reclaim the sacred object that...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Native Americans honor 50th anniversary of Alcatraz takeover

SAN FRANCISCO – For Eloy Martinez, returning to Alcatraz Island meant a joyous reunion with people he hadn’t seen in decades. It also brought a renewed sense of hope and pride. Martinez was among...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Gunnison sage grouse struggle in Southwest Colorado

Gunnison sage grouse are hanging on in Southwest Colorado, but their numbers are dropping, and the population in Dove Creek might have disappeared. The plucky, ground-dwelling bird famous for its...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

New Mexico vineyards cultivate community

BLANCO, N.M. – Trash, sagebrush, tall trees and an old metal barn greeted David Arnold when he first saw the slice of land tucked along a bend in the San Juan River in 1999. But Arnold and his...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

In Colorado, 24 high-hazard dams are seen as problematic

Two dozen aging dams in Colorado were in unsatisfactory condition and are located in places where their failure would likely kill at least one person, according to an Associated Press investigation...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Fire-ravaged forests get help from pine cone collectors

ALONG THE BURNT MESA TRAIL, N.M. – With snow ready to fall, the scramble was on to collect as many ponderosa pine cones as possible. A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled hefty...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

U.S. public land workers face assaults, threats, study finds

BILLINGS, Mont. – Federal employees overseeing U.S. public lands were assaulted or threatened at least 360 times over a five-year period marked by heightened tensions with anti-government groups...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Proposal seeks to modernize campgrounds at national parks

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Food trucks. Wi-Fi. Hot showers. Those campground upgrades could be coming to a national park near you. The Interior Department is reviewing recommendations to modernize...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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