Animas River

Lake Nighthorse plan moves ahead

This week’s round of public hearings on recreation at Lake Nighthorse – scheduled today and Wednesday in Durango – aims to end with a plan for opening the area for use.The lake is off-limits to the...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s in this water anyway?

Lu Boren’s seventh-grade science students at St. Columba School are getting their feet wet when it comes to water quality.Every month they get out the waders to test the water flowing in the Animas...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smelter Rapid gets a face-lift

Low flow is the right time to push around river rocks, said Durango Whitewater’s John Brennan.Track hoes in the middle of the Animas River at Santa Rita Park were performing winter maintenance on...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA sinks lead ban

A coalition of environmentalists recently sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its refusal to ban lead in ammunition and fishing tackle. As the battle gets under way in court, local...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan miners produced wealth and a mess

I have been fortunate over the last 30 years to work and play in the high San Juan Mountains around Silverton. The history and old mines are something that draw me and many other people to this...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2010 | COLUMN: Out Standing in the Fields

Animas River feeder creek area could get listing as Superfund site

The Environmental Protection Agency has conducted intensive water and soil sampling in the upper Cement Creek area in recent weeks to see if the area qualifies as a Superfund site.The creek long...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Time spent as a state senator was beneficial

My goals as state senator were to represent the residents of Southwest Colorado and preserve the rural lifestyle we all enjoy. I have worked hard to reach these goals and believe my time in the...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2010 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Bonus time

DATE: Nov. 4, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Input sought on reservoir recreation

Officials are looking to the public to shape the face of recreation at Lake Nighthorse, the reservoir filling southwest of town.A series of public meetings has been scheduled Nov. 10 through Jan....

DATE: Oct. 28, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lightner Creek runoff fouling Animas River

Lightner Creek is at it again. It would be hard to be a resident of the area, or even a visitor, and not notice the “stain” of gray-brown water that Lightner Creek is introducing into the Animas....

DATE: Oct. 23, 2010 | COLUMN: From our Congressman

No trespassing

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has overcome environmentalist protests, uncertain funding, project downsizing and cost overruns to bring the decades-old Animas-La Plata Project to completion. Now...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Salazar vows to protect habitat

U.S. Rep. John Salazar on Friday announced plans to protect two areas of important wildlife habitat near Durango that have been considered recently for gas and oil development.Under proposed...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

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