Wildfires produce up to half of air pollution in West, study says

BILLINGS, Mont. – Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive...

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

EPA to drill into mine west of Silverton at risk of blowout

The Environmental Protection Agency plans this summer to drill into the collapsed entrance of a mine near Silverton that’s at risk of a blowout. If the situation sounds familiar, it is. The EPA in...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Paradox Valley salt injection well could shut down

The Dolores and Colorado rivers could face lower water quality according to a recent decision by the Bureau of Reclamation that could cause the closure of the Paradox Valley Salinity Control...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Warming already baked in to exceed climate goals, study says

The amount of baked-in global warming, from carbon pollution already in the air, is enough to blow past international agreed upon goals to limit climate change, a new study finds. But it’s not game...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Hunting tags help bring back New Mexico’s bighorn sheep

SANTA FE (AP) – The son of a Chevrolet assembly line worker, Rick Smith grew up hunting squirrels, rabbits, grouse and deer in upstate New York, but the words of Jack O’Connor took him on hunts to...

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

Endangered ferrets receive experimental COVID vaccine

In late summer, as researchers accelerated the first clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines for humans, a group of scientists in Colorado worked to inoculate a far more fragile species. About 120...

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

Five environmental issues to watch in 2021

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look at the most pressing environmental issues that face Southwest Colorado in the year to come, and there’s no shortage of them. How will the...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Looking back at 2020: The year in pictures

The pandemic transformed our lives in 2020. In March, we were told to stay home. Schools closed, restaurants went dark, workplaces emptied out. Zoom meetings became the way to do business and...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

How did the warm fall impact the natural world?

Winter has finally arrived, but not before unseasonably warm temperatures the last few months caused strange things to happen out on the landscape in Southwest Colorado. From delayed elk and bird...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

More must be done to protect Colorado River from drought, U.S. says

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A set of guidelines for managing the Colorado River helped several states through a dry spell, but it’s not enough to keep key reservoirs in the American West from plummeting...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Some Utah experts support sage grouse protection rollbacks

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) – An iconic bird species known for dramatically puffing up “bulbous yellow air sacs” on its chest and producing “weird pops and whistles” to attract mates across western...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

New migration maps a tool to help big game in West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The life-or-death journey made by mule deer during the second-longest big game migration in North America came down to their ability to squeeze through a fence – a discovery made...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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