Jim Mimiaga

Position: The Journal

Ceremony celebrates revival of the McElmo Creek Flume

The 128-year-old McElmo Creek Flume – a relic of pioneer ingenuity that operated until 1991 – was nearly swept away by flood waters in 2006. But today, the historic irrigation structure stands...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Canyons of the Ancients group, BLM partner on land projects

After nearly dissolving in February, the Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance has found new life. On Wednesday, the friends group for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Bureau of Land...

DATE: May 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hickenlooper signs hemp bill into law in Cortez

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper stopped in Cortez Sunday to sign a bill protecting hemp farmers who use water stored in federal reservoirs. The bill was introduced in the state Legislature by Sen....

DATE: May 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores builder brings Middle-earth Hobbit houses to Southwest Colorado

The creations of natural-materials builder Brett LeCompte of Dolores are featured in the 2017 architecture book, Small Homes: The Right Size by Lloyd Kahn. Several pages display LeCompte’s...

DATE: May 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Sheriff: Cortez man died of exposure after fleeing shooting

Charles Oliver Evans, whose body was found southeast of Cortez on May 2, was a suspect in a shooting at the time of his death, according to the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office. An autopsy showed...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Boat with mussels is stopped at McPhee boat ramp

A pontoon boat carrying the dreaded invasive quagga mussel was intercepted Friday morning at the main boat ramp of McPhee Reservoir. Colorado Parks and Wildlife invasive-species inspectors stopped...

DATE: May 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Environmentalists sue Colorado, feds over predator plan

Conservationists sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services this week over a controversial Colorado predator-control program aimed at reducing mountain lions and bears. WildEarth...

DATE: April 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Water conference explores financial solutions

Colorado water managers said Friday that a growing population and shrinking oil and gas revenues will leave the state with a water shortage and too little money to prevent it. The state’s 5.3...

DATE: April 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

Researchers flock to Lower Dolores for ecological studies

An army of biologists and environmentalists is descending on the Lower Dolores River to study the ecological benefits of a rare high-volume release from McPhee Dam. Biologists with Colorado Parks...

DATE: March 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Whitewater boating season begins on Dolores River

The whitewater boating season has begun on the Dolores River. Flows on the Upper Dolores River above McPhee Reservoir were at 1,000 cubic feet per second as of Sunday. Below McPhee Dam, a 60-day...

DATE: March 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Montezuma irrigation company eases Narraguinnep boating ban

The Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co. has retreated from its boating ban at Narraguinnep Reservoir and agreed to allow some hand-launched, non-motorized watercraft. MVIC , which owns the lake, had...

DATE: March 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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