American artifacts: Two Colorado collectors build museums to benefit local economies

“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give,” Winston Churchill said. Now, two Colorado native sons are practicing that wisdom by giving back to their hometowns. Both men...

DATE: April 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Habitat loss threatens birds’ future in La Plata County

More than 1,300 bird species across the globe face extinction, driven by the loss of places to live and breed. Here in La Plata County, three birds are in worrying decline, their futures uncertain....

DATE: April 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Get growing: Gardening superstars coming to horticulture conference in Durango

Editor’s note: Get Growing, written by the La Plata County Extension Office’s Master Gardener Program, appears during the growing season. It features timely tips and suggestions for your garden and...

DATE: April 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Paleontology rich area left out of Bears Ears for uranium mining

BLUFF – What was left out of the new Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah relieved uranium miners, but is upsetting paleontologists. Paleontologist Rob Gay, of Museums of Western...

DATE: April 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Officials: Family stranded 2 days on Utah river is rescued

SALT LAKE CITY – A Colorado pastor and his family whose kayaks crashed into boulders on a rough southern Utah river spent two days a steep canyon waiting for help and subsisting on food retrieved...

DATE: April 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Man’s book collection spans centuries

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – Mike Vincent pulls out a couple of Bibles not much bigger than decks of playing cards, one of them from the 1500s, the other from the 1600s, one in Latin and the other in French....

DATE: April 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

New Mexico hit by ‘flash drought’ weather phenomenon

ALBUQUERQUE – Across New Mexico, unusually warm March weather and virtually no rain for a month prompted dust storms that closed highways, warnings for some to stay inside and rapid mountain snow...

DATE: April 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Animals on the edge: Threatened, endangered species in La Plata County

With its remoteness and relatively undisturbed wilderness, La Plata County and the surrounding San Juan Mountains are regarded as some of the best habitat for an abundance of wildlife. Nonetheless,...

DATE: April 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Arches National Park plans changes to handle rising visits

“So I lived alone. The first thing I did was take off my pants. Naturally.” – Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire A trip to Arches National Park is an intimate lesson in deep time. Home to the largest...

DATE: March 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Boating season begins early as McPhee Reservoir fills

A boating release on the Dolores River below McPhee Dam will begin earlier than expected, water managers announced Monday. A warm March has started the runoff early into McPhee Reservoir, which is...

DATE: March 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Hunting historical mysteries of Pikes Peak

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – Eric Swab was glancing at aerial satellite images of his next destination, another remote wilderness along Pikes Peak, when he spotted something peculiar. He squinted at his...

DATE: March 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Activists criticize well pad location

PARACHUTE (AP) – He faces his own health problems, but that’s not Parachute resident Dutch Wierenga’s primary concern about the proposed Lacy Park well pad location. Although Wierenga’s front door...

DATE: March 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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