The science, art of mapping a drought

As extreme drought marched northward from Arizona and New Mexico and parked itself squarely over the Four Corners in early 2018, many turned to one tool to understand the change: the U.S. Drought...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Aerial surveys show dead trees in Arizona, New Mexico

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Aerial surveys of forested land in Arizona and New Mexico show large swaths of dead trees following an unusually dry winter that aided pests such as bark beetles. Arizona saw its...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Drought reveals a long-submerged Colorado town

GUNNISON COUNTY (AP) – The cold is just the cold. Bob Robbins and Bill Sunderlin know it all too well. Negative 2? That’s nothing, says Sunderlin, 78. “Child’s play,” says Robbins, 69. Their feet...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Canyons of the Ancients manager set to retire

A mix of excitement and pride emanates from Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Manager Marietta Wetherill Eaton as she prepares to retire in January after a four-decade career working in...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

White Mesa Mill accepts Cherokee Nation radioactive waste

More than 10,000 tons of radioactive waste have been delivered from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma to the White Mesa Mill south of Blanding, Utah, to extract and recycle the uranium. The waste...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Garbage heap yields clues about city’s past

COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) – Trash in this city’s iconic Garden of the Gods Park is usually nothing to get excited about. It’s a regular blemish on a revered place. But along the park’s northern edge, a...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

‘It’s bleak’: New Mexico farmers brace for meager water allocations

ALBUQUERQUE – The irrigation canals are all but dry as farmers along the Rio Grande set in for winter, holding out hope that El Niño will develop and save them from what could otherwise be another...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

What the 2018 farm bill means for the West

After a long journey through the Senate and House agriculture committees, the 2018 farm bill is expected to clear the president’s desk soon. The bill, which is projected to cost $428 billion over...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Climate change hitting Southwest, national reports says

The effects of climate change are already apparent in the Southwest, and especially noticeable in the San Juan Mountains is a decrease in snowpack, which increases the chances and severity of...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Western Colorado cities expect big savings from solar power

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Don’t let the chilly air and shorter days fool you: Hundreds of solar panels located off Interstate 70 near Palisade are working just fine. Come January, the 12-acre solar...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Feds set urgent deadline on Colorado River drought plan

LAS VEGAS – Reforming western water policy has always been an exercise in political maneuvering, stop-and-start negotiations and bureaucratic delays. Progress comes slowly and often reluctantly – a...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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