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

Biden’s oil and gas pause halts lease sales around HD Mountains

President Joe Biden’s temporary freeze on new oil and gas leases on public lands has halted the sale of 10 parcels totaling more than 1,500 acres around the HD Mountains, east of Bayfield. The...

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

Apaches’ fight over Arizona copper mine goes before US court

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Apache tribal members made emotional pleas Wednesday in federal court to try to prevent what could become the largest copper mine operation in the U.S. Naelyn Pike and her...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Canyons of Ancients hires new manager

An experienced national park ranger from Arizona has been hired as the new permanent manager for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Southwest Colorado. Ray O’Neil of Tucson, Arizona, has...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Mineral Creek to be focus of extensive watershed study

The U.S. Forest Service this summer will launch an extensive study of the Mineral Creek watershed west of Silverton, an area that has been bombarded in recent years with campers and hikers headed...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Biden to review Trump’s changes to Bears Ears

SALT LAKE CITY – President Joe Biden said Wednesday he plans to review the Trump administration’s downsizing of two sprawling national monuments in the American Southwest, including one on lands...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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

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