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Montezuma County commissioners vote to restrict Sage Hen road access

Montezuma County commissioners voted this week to continue the temporary closure of County Road X in the Sage Hen area until Nov. 30. The closure of Road X and side roads to McPhee Reservoir is to...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Bill would name peaks after Norwood climbers

A bill introduced in Congress on May 25 would name two 13,000-foot peaks in the Wilson Range after two well-known mountaineers from Norwood. U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R),...

DATE: June 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

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Blanding, Ute Mountain Ute tribe debate merits, dangers of uranium mill

A lively public hearing about a license renewal for the controversial White Mesa uranium mill drew supporters and detractors June 15 on the University of Utah campus. Thirty-three speakers from a...

DATE: June 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Montezuma County wins Kinder Morgan tax case

CORTEZ – The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Montezuma County in a long-running tax case against Kinder Morgan. The final decision opens the door for the county to collect...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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Water managers release drought plan for McPhee Reservoir

Frequent dry spells have motivated McPhee Reservoir managers to create a draft drought contingency plan, and they have extended the public comment period. Since 2000, drought conditions left the...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Spruce, fir sale designed to combat budworm infestation

A logging sale proposed on the San Juan National Forest north of Dolores is tapping into the spruce and fir market, but it is also designed to combat the Western spruce budworm infestation. If...

DATE: June 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Montezuma County, BLM discuss public access south of Summit Lake

CORTEZ – The Tres Rios Office of the Bureau of Land Management and Montezuma County are working to clarify issues of access to 1,200 acres of public lands south of Summit Lake. The land is hemmed...

DATE: June 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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Historic homestead restored in Recapture Wash

Last month, archaeologists and volunteers helped to stabilize and restore a historic frontier cabin near Blanding, Utah. The Shumway Cabin site, located on the banks of Recapture Wash, is part of...

DATE: June 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Rafting on Lower Dolores River starting up again

McPhee Reservoir managers have announced that rafting flows on the Dolores River below the dam will start up again for at least a few days next week. On Monday, June 5, flows will begin ramping up...

DATE: June 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

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Galloping Goose museum proposes expansion in Dolores

The Galloping Goose Society wants to construct a track behind its museum in downtown Dolores to display restored railroad cars. The plan is to lay 80 feet of track, running east-west, and parallel...

DATE: May 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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High flows scour Lower Dolores River channel

The earth drops away, and the twisting, turbulent Animas River suddenly comes into full view as LightHawk pilot Jim Grady guides his 1953 Cessna 180 into the faded blue sky near Durango. But this...

DATE: May 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Western Excelsior fire traced to faulty fan

The Western Excelsior fire likely was caused by a faulty ventilation fan in a sharpening shop, investigators said. Mancos Fire Chief Tony Aspromonte said that burn evidence indicates a spark or...

DATE: May 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News