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Boating season begins early as McPhee Reservoir fills

A boating release on the Dolores River below McPhee Dam will begin earlier than expected, water managers announced Monday. A warm March has started the runoff early into McPhee Reservoir, which is...

DATE: March 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest life

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Hunting historical mysteries of Pikes Peak

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – Eric Swab was glancing at aerial satellite images of his next destination, another remote wilderness along Pikes Peak, when he spotted something peculiar. He squinted at his...

DATE: March 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest life

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Activists criticize well pad location

PARACHUTE (AP) – He faces his own health problems, but that’s not Parachute resident Dutch Wierenga’s primary concern about the proposed Lacy Park well pad location. Although Wierenga’s front door...

DATE: March 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest life

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Select wildlife areas to remain closed until April 15

Winter closures of two state wildlife areas and some Bureau of Land Management and city-owned properties near Durango will continue through April 15. The areas, which provide critical refuge for...

DATE: March 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest life

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Volunteers to plant willows along Animas River

Volunteers for the Animas Watershed Partnership will plant willows from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8, April 22, April 29 and May 6 along the Animas River in Colorado and New Mexico. No experience is...

DATE: March 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest life

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Researchers flock to Lower Dolores for ecological studies

An army of biologists and environmentalists is descending on the Lower Dolores River to study the ecological benefits of a rare high-volume release from McPhee Dam. Biologists with Colorado Parks...

DATE: March 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest life

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Whitewater boating season begins on Dolores River

The whitewater boating season has begun on the Dolores River. Flows on the Upper Dolores River above McPhee Reservoir were at 1,000 cubic feet per second as of Sunday. Below McPhee Dam, a 60-day...

DATE: March 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest life

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Durango’s After Prom: A cool, safe party

I don’t know about you, but my after-prom nights (1990, ’91) are cringe-worthy memories best left to the history books. And with drinking responsible for more than 4,500 deaths among young people...

DATE: March 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest life

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Fly-fishing festival to be held March 31, April 1

Duranglers Flies and Supplies will hold its annual fly-fishing festival in anticipation of the 2017 season. The two-day event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the...

DATE: March 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest life

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Conservationists: Wild Jaguars can make U.S. comeback

PHOENIX – Conservationists are making another push to get federal wildlife officials to devote more resources to the re-establishment of wild jaguars in the U.S. Only three jaguars have been seen...

DATE: March 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest life

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Learn to hunt turkeys in April

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer a free turkey-hunting seminar from 3 to 6:30 p.m. April 21 at the Archuleta County Extension Center in Pagosa Springs, 398 Lewis St. Mentored turkey hunts...

DATE: March 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest life

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Southwestern Water Conservation District to hold annual seminar

Southwestern Water Conservation District will hold its 35th annual water seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 7 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 501 Camino del Rio. The theme will be “solving the...

DATE: March 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest life