The challenge of restoring the desert’s delicate biocrust

When Patrick Cruz’s ancestors carved honeycombed dwellings into the canyons of what’s now New Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument, the land looked very different than it does today. Biocrusts –...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

LPEA spends $800,000 a year to protect birds from electrocution

Protecting eagles, hawks and other wildlife from electrocution has become an increasingly higher priority for utility companies across the U.S. But it’s not cheap. Since 2017, La Plata Electric...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Three Springs MRI to provide higher quality scans with new technology

New technology at Three Springs MRI will allow the office on the Mercy Regional Medical Center campus to provide more detailed images of injuries, bones and organs for the thousands of patients who...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Health

Forest Fire prevention icon Smokey Bear is turning 75

CAPITAN, N.M. – There will be 75 candles on his birthday cake and Smokey Bear still hopes none of them start a forest fire. The icon of the longest-running public service campaign in the U.S. is...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Access to ruins-rich public land near Mesa Verde explored

Bear and deer wander among piñon-juniper forests of the Mesa Verde escarpment, where ancestral homes, plazas and kivas of the Native American Puebloan culture remain undisturbed. But what will...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Proud of your plants? Enter the La Plata County Fair’s horticulture show

Editor’s note: Get Growing, written by the La Plata County Extension Office’s Master Gardener Program, appears during the growing season. It features timely tips and suggestions for your garden and...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Wilderness Study Areas frozen in time in Southwest Colorado

Wilderness Study Areas have been a hot topic lately – some politicians are trying to do away with them, while others are trying to protect them. But what exactly is a Wilderness Study Area? The...

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

Archaeologists find new sites at Lone Mesa State Park

On a low, grassy ridge near a ponderosa pine forest north of Dolores, archaeologists and volunteers identified stones last week that Native Americans likely shaped more than 1,000 years ago. The...

DATE: July 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

51 days on Dolores River a boon to boaters, biologists

For 51 days this spring and summer, water managers opened the spigots on McPhee Reservoir, sending millions of gallons of water down the Dolores River – a boon to fish, farmers and boaters. During...

DATE: July 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Two mussel-infested boats intercepted at McPhee Reservoir

Inspectors are intercepting far more mussel-infested boats trying to enter Colorado lakes this year than in previous years, and a few contaminated boats have been stopped at McPhee Reservoir. This...

DATE: July 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Avalanches leave path of destruction across popular trails

Across the San Juan Mountains, the barrage of avalanches this past winter has caused damage to popular recreational trails, prompting an extensive effort forest-wide to start the cleanup. The...

DATE: July 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Is fight against chronic wasting disease an argument for wolf reintroduction?

Last year, Eric Washburn shot and killed a mule buck in Northern Colorado. Its thick coat and massive rack of antlers convinced him of the animal’s health, so he had the meat processed and chucked...

DATE: July 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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