New weather station fills gaps in Four Corners’ blind spot

Filling a gap in one of the nation’s largest weather forecasting blind spots, a new weather station installed at the Old Fort Lewis campus in southwestern La Plata County is now transmitting...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Step by step, class helps seniors build balance, strength

Mercy Regional Medical Center is offering a class to help people preserve and regain their strength and balance. “Six Weeks to Better Balance and a Stronger Self,” a 12-session course, is designed...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Zuni trail crew preserves ancestors’ legacy at Chimney Rock

PAGOSA SPRINGS – Visitors to Chimney Rock National Monument next year will have a safer hike to the mesa top following work completed this month by a Native American crew from Zuni Pueblo, a New...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

In New Mexico, New Deal legacy gets a second look

SANTA FE – Amid the misery of the Great Depression, Rupert Lopez gratefully worked for $1 a day for the Civilian Conservation Corps, making adobe-block walls for a new regional National Park...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

For the youngest, Halloween can be fun without the fright

When you’re a kid, Halloween is all about fun – dressing up in your scariest costume, spending hours going from house to house collecting candy and hunting for that one house everyone talks about...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

At St. Francis Sanctuary, Pat Jackson fulfills a lifelong mission of saving birds

As a little girl, Pat Jackson was the kid who’d put injured birds into shoe boxes bedded with crumpled-up tissue paper and holes punched in the lid. Now, all grown up, she runs St. Francis...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Plentiful harvest for N.M. piñon seed-seekers

PECOS, N.M. (AP) – Mark Quintana gestures into the shady thicket of pine trees. His sons are in there somewhere, he says, along with a few of his cousins. Theirs is a familiar fall scene in...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

In this dark political season, reasons for hope

In the past week, I have had the opportunity to speak with some truly inspiring people, and get this: a few were politicians. I know, sounds improbable, right? This election season, the words...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2016 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

La Plata County 4-H expands outreach with STEM program

To succeed in the 21st-century workforce, young people will need skills in science, technology, engineering and math. They will also need life skills in public speaking, leadership and community...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Colorado woman completes 82-mile swim across Lake Powell

PHOENIX – A Colorado woman who completed a nearly 82-mile swim across Lake Powell in 56 hours said the vast distance wasn’t her biggest fear. “I wasn’t concerned about the distance. I had trained...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

High and dry: Drought saps the Great Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY – On the southern shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, more than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a parking lot, unable to sail the shallow, drought-stricken sea. North of the...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Help San Juan Mountains Association plan for summer 2017

The San Juan Mountains Association would like your comments to help plan for next summer’s adventures. The SJMA especially wants to make sure its river trip is tailored to its members, volunteers...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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