Columbine Ranger District seeks proposals for prospective outfitter-and-guide services

San Juan National Forest Columbine Ranger District is soliciting proposals from prospective outfitter-and-guide operations interested in acquiring permits for providing guided commercial services...

DATE: March 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Wildlife panel says to take it slow on Colorado wolf reintroduction

DENVER – Some wildlife advocates are urging Colorado officials to streamline planning for reintroducing the gray wolf, arguing the launch of an overly bureaucratic process will frustrate the intent...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2021 | UPDATED: 3 days 8 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

She’s back: Ferret 1st clone of U.S. endangered species

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Scientists have cloned the first U.S. endangered species, a black-footed ferret duplicated from the genes of an animal that died more than 30 years ago. The slinky predator named...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2021 | UPDATED: 3 days 8 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

New technology triggers avalanches above Highway 145

A loud bang reverberates in the Dolores Valley north of Rico, and a white plume erupts from a steep gully high above Colorado Highway 145. In seconds, a wave of snow hits the closed highway, then...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Monarch butterfly population moves closer to extinction

SAN FRANCISCO – The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted precipitously to a record low, putting the orange-and-black insects closer to...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2021 | UPDATED: 6 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol, a volunteer crew, busier than ever in backcountry

CAMERON PASS – The wind is swirling snow and shaking the aspens. It’s single-digit cold. “Such a harsh environment,” says Owen Richard, raising his voice in the gusts as he sticks skins to his skis...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Amache camp’s national park pursuit in limbo in southeastern Colorado

DENVER (AP) – At first, the trip unfolded as just an academic tracing of family history. John Tonai had for years heard the stories from his father, Minoru, about the Amache internment camp in...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Skiers push for Purgatory Resort to allow uphill travel

A petition has been circulating in recent days calling for Purgatory Resort to allow uphill travel on its slopes. Uphill skiing, also known as skinning, is when people climb mountain slopes with...

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

Wander Women group gives up normal life to hike, bike, kayak

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – Retirement has been sweet for the Wander Women. After saying goodbye to the old 9-to-5 in 2015, three former Colorado Springs residents didn’t sink back into the couch with...

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

Court rules against Apaches in bid to halt proposed mine

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A federal judge has rejected a request from a group of Apaches to keep the U.S. Forest Service from transferring a parcel of land to a copper mining company. Apache Stronghold...

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

East Troublesome Fire may signal new era of big blowups

DENVER (AP) – Grand Lake Fire Marshal Dan Mayer never thought the East Troublesome Fire would make it to town. On the morning of Oct. 21, the fire was about 20 miles away from the vacation spot on...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Cortez Christmas Bird Count posts record numbers

Record bird sightings and two newly documented species were spotted during the 2020 Cortez Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 26, according to final results. “We had a great turnout this year, and a lot...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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