Conservation

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Conservation easement protects Mancos elk ranch

The Colorado adage “I’d rather see a cow than a condo” applies to a new conservation easement in the Mancos Valley, but in this case, it relates to elk, too. The 225-acre Schultz Elk and Cattle...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Colorado lawmakers eye changes to conservation easement program

DENVER – An audit of the Conservation Easement Tax Credit Program found the Division of Real Estate was failing to meet statutory obligations and was spending money it didn’t have without clearly...

DATE: July 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Dolores River gets a D- by Conservation Colorado

In a river report card released Thursday, Conservation Colorado gave the Dolores River a D-minus based on low flows below McPhee Dam. The environmental group says improved dam management is needed...

DATE: July 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Western Leaders Network hosts launch party Thursday

Western Leaders Network, a group created by La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt, is hosting a launch party at 4 p.m. Thursday at Eno Wine and Coffee Bar, 723 East Second Ave. High tea and...

DATE: June 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Interior head suggests reducing Bears Ears National Monument

WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday recommended that the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be reduced in size and said Congress should step in to designate how selected...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Water managers release drought plan for McPhee Reservoir

Frequent dry spells have motivated McPhee Reservoir managers to create a draft drought contingency plan, and they have extended the public comment period. Since 2000, drought conditions left the...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Endangered plants, butterfly barely hanging on in Southwest Colorado

While cute animals with sad eyes stand a better chance of getting public support for protections, the survival of insects and plants on the verge of extinction are every bit as important to...

DATE: April 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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La Plata Open Space celebrates 25 years of land conservancy

La Plata Open Space Conservancy turns 25 in March. Because of it, more than 30,000 acres of land in seven counties are to remain untouched by development. The land trust manages about 20,100...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Hesperus ranch placed on historic register

HESPERUS – Helen Ruth Aspaas lives in a white house a mile south of the Old Fort campus in Hesperus. The old coal-burning stoves are gone, and additions have been built, but the structure’s...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Two La Plata County properties under conservation easement

Two properties totaling nearly 475 acres have been placed under conservancy easements, ensuring limited development in areas around Turtle Lake and the La Plata River. According to La Plata Open...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Rare jaguar photographed in Arizona

A rare jaguar has been photographed in the Huachuca Mountains in southeastern Arizona, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports. The photo of the big cat was taken Dec. 1 by a remote trail camera...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Push for Bears Ears monument marks latest Western land fight

BLANDING, Utah – Laminated sheets of paper held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah. “Don’t erase the...

DATE: July 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News