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Firefighters fought hard to save Colorado ghost town from wildfire

DENVER (AP) – Dianne “Sam” Law and Deb Lathrop were in awe when they returned to the their historic Uptop ghost town near Old La Veta Pass after Spring Creek Fire evacuations were lifted. Though...

DATE: July 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Hot, dry summer calls for wise watering

Colorado has faced higher-than-normal temperatures this summer, with several fires burning and severe fire restrictions declared statewide. The hot weather is anticipated to continue into...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Aging lookout towers still key during fire season in the West

BOISE, Idaho – Fire-lookout towers perched atop remote, craggy peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers....

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Fungus killing peach trees, causing millions in losses in Western Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – A silent killer steadily encroaching on the most beloved of Western Slope fruit has moved into the crosshairs of peach growers and researchers. It’s a fungus so widespread...

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Drones help create detailed maps of ruins in Ute Mountain Ute park

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is turning to high-tech aerial photogrammetry to document and preserve the history of its tribal park, which is more than twice the size of the neighboring Mesa Verde...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Re-enactment of conquistador reclaiming Santa Fe will end

SANTA FE – An annual re-enactment of a 17th-century Spanish conquistador reclaiming Santa Fe from Native Americans after an uprising will end amid protests that it whitewashed a dark period in New...

DATE: July 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Aging lookout towers still key during fire season in the West

BOISE, Idaho – Fire-lookout towers perched atop remote, craggy peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers....

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Drought spurs extreme measures to protect West’s wild horses

SALT LAKE CITY – Harsh drought conditions in parts of the American West are pushing wild horses to the brink and spurring extreme measures to protect them. For what they say is the first time,...

DATE: July 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Great Sand Dunes park born out of cooperation

Eighty percent of Colorado is experiencing some form of drought or dryness. That means dry river basins, hungry wildfires and parched farmland across the state. Some have already started comparing...

DATE: July 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Study looks at how burning, thinning improve forest health

Returning more of the San Juan National Forest to a healthy and resilient state will require more proactive thinning and managed fires. “When we have a resilient ecosystem, it reduces the potential...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Rural La Plata County residents in a pinch for water

Residents in rural La Plata County are feeling the pinch of Durango’s decision to cut off new customers at its water dock. “The urban communities that have water docks, in my opinion, have a...

DATE: July 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Gene tests can provide health clues – and needless worry

NEW YORK – Last year, Katie Burns got a phone call that shows what can happen in medicine when information runs ahead of knowledge. Burns learned that a genetic test of her fetus had turned up an...

DATE: July 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health