Animas River, once again, sets record low flow

Once again, the Animas River has recorded a record low flow, according to a gauge in Durango with more than a century’s worth of data collecting. Before this winter, the previous low flow at the...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango project trumps plan for a play wave on the Animas River

With efforts to construct a play wave for river runners in the Animas River at the 29th Street put-in falling flat, the city of Durango will instead conduct regular maintenance and stream bank...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Test run for Lake Nighthorse release?

Will 2021 be the year water is finally released from Lake Nighthorse in Durango to downstream users in New Mexico? The answer should become clearer Wednesday. The San Juan Water Commission in New...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Some Colorado water officials balk at Wall Street buying rights

The prospect of Wall Street buying water rights in Colorado has seemingly brought the water community on the Front Range and Western Slope together – a rare occurrence between two sides of the...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mineral Creek to be focus of extensive watershed study

The U.S. Forest Service this summer will launch an extensive study of the Mineral Creek watershed west of Silverton, an area that has been bombarded in recent years with campers and hikers headed...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

EPA to drill into mine west of Silverton at risk of blowout

The Environmental Protection Agency plans this summer to drill into the collapsed entrance of a mine near Silverton that’s at risk of a blowout. If the situation sounds familiar, it is. The EPA in...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

New Mexico reaches $11 million settlement with mining company over Gold King spill

The state of New Mexico has reached an $11 million settlement with Silverton-based Sunnyside Gold Corp. over costs related to the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, the state announced Wednesday. The...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

EPA orders access to water treatment plant north of Silverton

The Environmental Protection Agency issued the owner of the Gold King Mine an order for access to the property where the water treatment plant is located, north of Silverton, after a long-term...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River shatters all-time record low flow based on 109 years of data

Records show the Animas River recently broke the all-time low flow set on the water gauge behind the Powerhouse Science Center, which has collected data for 109 years. The previous record low flow...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Five environmental issues to watch in 2021

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look at the most pressing environmental issues that face Southwest Colorado in the year to come, and there’s no shortage of them. How will the...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Homeless man found last week died of hypothermia, coroner says

A homeless man who was found dead last week at a campsite behind Walmart along the Animas River died from hypothermia. La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said last week she did not suspect...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless man found dead Tuesday morning at camp behind Walmart

A 57-year-old man living homeless was found dead Tuesday morning at a campsite behind Walmart along the Animas River, said La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith. Smith said the man did not appear to...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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