Apaches object to federal review of huge copper mine

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The U.S. Forest Service released an environmental review Jan. 15 that paves the way for the creation of one of the largest copper mines in the United States, against the wishes...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

COVID-19 pandemic may be driving rise in opioid deaths

For Dan Caplin with Colorado Addiction Treatment Services, treating people addicted to opioids is complicated to say the least. “This is so multifactorial,” he said, before listing about 10 local...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Health

Scientists decry death by 1,000 cuts for world’s insects

The world’s vital insect kingdom is undergoing “death by a thousand cuts,” the world’s top bug experts said. Climate change, insecticides, herbicides, light pollution, invasive species and changes...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Overrun: Rise in recreation amid virus harms Colorado’s wild places

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – Scott Fitzwilliams was supposed to be off work. But as supervisor of America’s most trafficked national forest, “you’re never off work,” he said. So there he was Fourth of...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Wildfires produce up to half of air pollution in West, study says

BILLINGS, Mont. – Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

EPA to drill into mine west of Silverton at risk of blowout

The Environmental Protection Agency plans this summer to drill into the collapsed entrance of a mine near Silverton that’s at risk of a blowout. If the situation sounds familiar, it is. The EPA in...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Paradox Valley salt injection well could shut down

The Dolores and Colorado rivers could face lower water quality according to a recent decision by the Bureau of Reclamation that could cause the closure of the Paradox Valley Salinity Control...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Warming already baked in to exceed climate goals, study says

The amount of baked-in global warming, from carbon pollution already in the air, is enough to blow past international agreed upon goals to limit climate change, a new study finds. But it’s not game...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Hunting tags help bring back New Mexico’s bighorn sheep

SANTA FE (AP) – The son of a Chevrolet assembly line worker, Rick Smith grew up hunting squirrels, rabbits, grouse and deer in upstate New York, but the words of Jack O’Connor took him on hunts to...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Endangered ferrets receive experimental COVID vaccine

In late summer, as researchers accelerated the first clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines for humans, a group of scientists in Colorado worked to inoculate a far more fragile species. About 120...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Five environmental issues to watch in 2021

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look at the most pressing environmental issues that face Southwest Colorado in the year to come, and there’s no shortage of them. How will the...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Looking back at 2020: The year in pictures

The pandemic transformed our lives in 2020. In March, we were told to stay home. Schools closed, restaurants went dark, workplaces emptied out. Zoom meetings became the way to do business and...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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