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Navajo Nation rejects plan to build tram, hotel in Grand Canyon

Tribal lawmakers reticent of developing sacred land at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World said no Tuesday to a multimillion-dollar project to build an aerial tram to take paying visitors...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Plan keeps most of Sonoran Desert monument open to shooters

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Bureau of Land Management has recommended closing 53,300 acres of the Sonoran Desert National Monument to recreational shooting, but keeping the remaining 443,000 open to...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

King of the hills: Man conquers Colorado summits, autism

PUEBLO (AP) – When Scott Garcia sets out to hike up some of Colorado’s highest peaks, the trail to the top starts with extreme focus, a keen way with memorizing maps and numbers and a passion to...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

When wild burros flew and rafted whitewater

If you were in the Grand Canyon in 1980-81, you might have seen a strange sight: wild burros being lifted out by helicopter or floating by on rafts. Mark Applequist of Cortez was part of the...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s Ghost Crawl will haunt your Halloween

Sometimes, late at night at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, you may hear what sounds like a legless man dragging himself along behind you across the rail yard. The poor fellow...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Nature Center at Butler Corner takes shape

The Nature Center at Butler Corner north of Dolores is constructing a visitors center and is planning a grand opening for this spring. The $75,000 center will feature classroom space as well as...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Diversifying an oil and gas economy in Carlsbad, N.M.

CARLSBAD, N.M. – In 2015, T. Boone Pickens predicted the price of crude oil would rocket to $70 per barrel by the end of the year. It was a message of hope, delivered at the annual Energy Summit in...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Estimated population of endangered squirrel plummets after wildfire in Arizona

PHOENIX – An endangered squirrel species’ estimated population has plummeted since a major wildfire burned much of its habitat atop a southeastern Arizona mountain last summer. An annual...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Brutal conditions challenge workers on Manitou Incline

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – With both feet planted firmly so as not to slip and tumble down into the clouds, Hugo Benitez glanced over his shoulder, down to the shrouded ties and water-diverting...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Pine beetle poses threat to Southwest Colorado forests

The forests of Southwest Colorado may be facing yet another new and highly destructive threat: the pine beetle. “It’s not completely unexpected, but it’s worrisome,” said Gretchen Fitzgerald, a...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

A historic orchard in Dolores produces Teal Cider

On a back road west of Dolores lies an oasis of cool, fresh air and apples. Martha and Dusty Teal fell in love with the T Lazy T Orchard in 2009. The couple then lived in Durango, and after...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

National tribal group calls for drilling moratorium around Chaco

ALBUQUERQUE – The National Congress of American Indians has waded into the debate over oil and gas development in northwestern New Mexico, calling for a moratorium on drilling in the region...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News