Avalanche/landslide

Famed Climber kills himself after girlfriend’s avalanche death

Just two weeks before renowned climber Hayden Kennedy killed himself following the death of his girlfriend in an avalanche in Montana, he wrote on a climbing blog that he had watched too many...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Landslides close a section of Taylor Mesa Road near Dolores

Recent landslides have forced a stretch of Taylor Mesa Road, about 3.5 miles from its intersection with Highway 145 outside Dolores, to close until work crews are able to clear the blocked area....

DATE: May 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Red Mountain Pass to close Thursday for howitzer testing

The Colorado Department of Transportation will perform target practice Thursday on Red Mountain Pass using a howitzer gun. It is the second week in a row the highway department will calibrate its...

DATE: April 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Avalanche survivor wants to spare others from tragedy

There’s no better feeling in the world” than to be hit by an avalanche probe after 10 minutes trapped beneath 5 feet of snow. Like many Durangoans, Jeremy Bird is drawn to the pristine yet imposing...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Molas, Coal Bank passes break snowfall record

Coal Bank and Molas passes, between Durango and Silverton, have received more snow this month than any other January since at least 1993, when the Colorado Avalanche Information Center began...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Break in snow expected Sunday, but more on the way

The blanket of snow on Durango will have a chance to melt a bit Sunday, before more storms move in. “Snow from this system is pretty much done,” Tom Renwick, a meteorologist with the National...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Red Mountain Pass reopens; chain laws remain in place

Red Mountain Pass on U.S. Highway 550 reopened about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, although chain laws remain in effect. The pass had been closed since Monday because of weather conditions and avalanche...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Avalanche danger high with more storms approaching

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has a message for backcountry enthusiasts eager to take advantage of the new snowfall in the high country: “Avoid it.” The avalanche danger was listed as...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Avalanche blasting planned Wednesday on Red Mountain Pass

Motorists traveling on Red Mountain Pass between Silverton and Ouray can expect delays on Wednesday while the Colorado Department of Transportation conducts avalanche-control work along U.S....

DATE: Nov. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cool temperatures, rain usher in rockfall season

A dusting of snow this week in the high country above Durango is a reminder of the approaching freeze-thaw cycle that tends to loosen rocks along area highways. One such rockfall occurred Tuesday...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Long-term mitigation plans for Bondad Hill in the works

Colorado Department of Transportation crews have finished removing debris from last week’s rockslide on Bondad Hill, but long-term mitigation will have to wait. “We’ve initiated in the region a...

DATE: June 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Highway reopens after latest Bondad Hill rockslide

Colorado Department of Transportation crews worked Thursday to blast apart and remove 75 to 100 tons of rocks that fell onto U.S. Highway 550 south of Durango. The rubble was cleared from the...

DATE: June 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News