Air quality

Air quality advisory issued for much of western Colorado

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment has issued an air quality advisory for a large part of western Colorado, including Montezuma, Dolores and La Plata counties. Widespread smoke from...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango may study radon at new homeless camp

Tests to study the effects of radon on people in tents may be conducted at the site of a new homeless camp expected to open before the end of the month near the Durango Dog Park. The Durango City...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango recreation economy feels heat from smoke, land closures

Outdoor recreational opportunities are becoming somewhat limited as a result of poor air quality and public land closures in Southwest Colorado. The U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday closed the San...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Air quality in Durango measures at ‘hazardous’ levels

At certain times of day, air quality in Durango has been measured at the “hazardous” level, the poorest level on the air-quality index. An air-quality advisory has been issued every day since the...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crews look for a foothold to engage growing Burro Fire

The Burro Fire grew to about 500 acres by Sunday morning in a remote area of the San Juan National Forest about 23 miles northeast of Dolores. Firefighters looked to gain a foothold on its southern...

DATE: June 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smoke may be here for a while. Is it dangerous?

Heavy smoke is expected to blanket the region during the late evenings and early mornings for as long as the 416 Fire roars through the San Juan National Forest north of Durango. With it come fine...

DATE: June 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado denies license for Paradox uranium mill

Colorado has revoked a radioactive materials license for the proposed Piñon Ridge uranium mill near the Dolores River after a court ruling recommended that it be denied. But the company planning...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County receives an ‘F’ for ozone levels

In its yearly report, the American Lung Association gave La Plata County a failing grade for potentially dangerous ozone levels, likely a result of the region’s emissions from the oil and gas...

DATE: April 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Talks to return court functions to Pagosa Springs called ‘frank and productive’

A meeting Wednesday to find a short-term solution to woes at the Archuleta County Courthouse, which have driven court operations from Pagosa Springs to Durango, was described as “frank” and...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study: Return to Archuleta Courthouse ill-advised until problems fixed

A return to the Archuleta County Courthouse should not occur until an array of indoor air-quality issues that have led many employees to complain of eye irritation, sinus issues, coughing and...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge reinstates Obama-era rule on methane emissions

WASHINGTON – Rebuffing the Trump administration, a federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Interior Department to reinstate an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Hickenlooper: State will push forward with clean energy

DENVER – Colorado will push ahead to develop more affordable renewable energy despite President Donald Trump’s order eliminating many restrictions on fossil fuels production, Gov. John Hickenlooper...

DATE: March 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News