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

Fire-ravaged forests get help from pine cone collectors

ALONG THE BURNT MESA TRAIL, N.M. – With snow ready to fall, the scramble was on to collect as many ponderosa pine cones as possible. A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled hefty...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Dems in Congress demand update on Interior wild horse plans

RENO, Nev. – Congressional Democrats are demanding the Interior Department produce an overdue report on plans to manage wild horses roaming federal lands in the West after the head of its public...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Invasive Russian olive a nuisance for Colorado, New Mexico

FARMINGTON – Efforts to combat the invasive Russian olive along the Animas River gained cross-state support during a community meeting Thursday at San Juan College. The Animas Watershed Partnership...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Preliminary injunction seeks to halt chain saws in wilderness

A coalition of conservation groups Tuesday filed a motion to stop the U.S. Forest Service from using chain saws in two Southwest Colorado wilderness areas this summer while a lawsuit accusing the...

DATE: June 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oxbow bird study raises questions about effect of 416 Fire smoke

Smoke from the 416 Fire may have negatively affected birds in the 38-acre Oxbow Preserve last summer near northern Durango city limits. Researchers and volunteers captured 166 birds in the...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New director wants to bridge gap between community and land conservancy

La Plata Open Space Conservancy’s new executive director is getting to know Southwest Colorado, and he hopes to do the same with the organization he now leads. Patrick Barker arrived in Durango in...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sen. Gardner calls for conservation fund reauthorization

A bipartisan delegation of senators and representatives, including Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, called for the permanent reauthorization and mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mount Lookout Grange plans annual Mancos Bloom fundraiser

The Mount Lookout Grange will welcome spring to Montezuma County with its annual Mancos Bloom fundraiser on May 20. One of two regular fundraisers for the Grange, the Bloom has become a Mancos...

DATE: May 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Conservation groups agree to stay sage grouse lawsuit

A coalition of conservation groups that sued to list the Gunnison sage grouse as an endangered instead of threatened species has reached an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The...

DATE: May 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Earth Day marchers take over downtown Durango

About 300 people took to the streets on Main Avenue in downtown Durango on Sunday to celebrate Earth Day. Around 10:30 a.m., a Durango Police car escorted the marchers down the southbound lane of...

DATE: April 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos Conservation District seeks mill levy

The Mancos Conservation District will seek its first mill levy tax in an election scheduled for May. The district, which oversees a variety of water and soil conservation programs in Montezuma...

DATE: March 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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