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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Landowner puts bike park in conservation easement

A Cortez resident’s generosity to allow hiking and biking on his land will continue long into the future thanks to a conservation easement that preserves recreation access. Bicycle enthusiast Keith...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

Top Obama officials to discuss Bears Ears' protection

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other top officials from the Obama administration will host a public meeting in Bluff, Utah, on Saturday to discuss future management of the Bears Ears region....

DATE: July 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drones give conservationists an aerial edge

Imagine this: You’ve spent all day trudging up Windom Peak in the high, hot summer sun, and finally, you’ve summited your first Fourteener. And then, with taunting ease, a drone buzzes by. For...

DATE: July 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Rain-barrel law helps educate about water conservation in the West

It’s not rocket-science, and it’s not really all that controversial. But it was illegal in Colorado until last month, and it could have landed violators a $500 fine. The crime: catching rain in a...

DATE: June 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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