Massive ranch northeast of Durango to be protected from development

A more than 700-acre property northeast of Durango has been placed in a conservation easement, seen as a huge win for protecting not only wildlife habitat, but also the city of Durango’s drinking...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pair of bald eagles buck migration trend, calling Durango home

An effort to track eagle movements in Southwest Colorado, spearheaded by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, has given new insight into just how far the iconic birds migrate across the continent. “We...

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

Native American ruin northeast of Cortez gets permanent protections

A Native American ruin northeast of Cortez is set to be placed in a conservation easement, ensuring its protection for years to come. “This is a really important place,” said Susan Ryan,...

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

Dolores cidery EsoTerra Ciderworks aims to boost region’s apple economy

Before crates of apples come into focus in the cool darkness of the walk-in, Leigh Reeves is already rifling through freshly picked crab apples and tiny, rotund pears. The aroma of apples wafts out...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Historic landscape in Southwest Colorado now permanently protected

For 30 years, Tom Macy has been working to preserve a 65,000-acre swath of land in the Navajo River Watershed of Southwest Colorado. As the Western representative for The Conservation Fund, an...

DATE: July 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Great American Outdoors Act, landmark conservation bill, passes Congress

The Great American Outdoors Act was passed Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives, all but guaranteeing it will go into law. First passed by the U.S. Senate in June, the bill will fully...

DATE: July 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sweetwater Lake purchased by national environmental nonprofit

Despite the six-hour drive from Durango, Sweetwater Lake in Garfield County has been a popular place to go boating, hiking and camping for decades in Colorado. But large swaths of the expansive...

DATE: July 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three-legged Mexican gray wolf killed

FARMINGTON – A three-legged Mexican gray wolf – considered an endangered species since 1976 – was killed in Arizona last week, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service memo. The male wolf,...

DATE: June 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

‘Holy grail’ conservation bill advances in U.S. Senate

A new bill funding maintenance and improvement projects for public lands is gaining steam in the U.S. Senate. The Great American Outdoors Act would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation...

DATE: June 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Entering a state wildlife area, like Perins Peak? You’ll need a hunting or fishing license

Starting July 1, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will require anyone who enters a state wildlife area – like at Perins Peak, Bodo and Haviland Lake – to have a hunting or fishing license, a move...

DATE: June 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

As hunting numbers decline, wildlife managers seek to diversify the sport

FARMINGTON – Crystal Egli grew up in rural Vermont, the daughter of a vegetarian, and, for most of her life, terrified of firearms. She didn’t grow up in a family that hunted and wouldn’t know how...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Southwest Conservation Corps hiring students for largest summer yet

FARMINGTON – After more than 20 years in the area, the Southwest Conservation Corps is gearing up to hire one of its largest summer youth crews yet. The program plans to hire about 65 students,...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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