Avalanche/landslide

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Snowstorm leaves moderate avalanche danger in Colorado mountains

Avalanche danger in the backcountry increased with the recent storm that dropped snow throughout the Colorado mountains, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center warned on Tuesday. Most of the...

DATE: March 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Report details last week’s massive avalanche north of Silverton

More details have emerged on the massive avalanche north of Silverton last week that caught two backcountry skiers and shut down Red Mountain Pass but miraculously caused no injuries. The Colorado...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Avalanche north of Silverton catches 2 skiers

Two backcountry skiers in the northern San Juan Mountains were caught and carried in an avalanche on Saturday, which buried U.S. Highway 550 north of Silverton on Red Mountain Pass, resulting in...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News