Report: Colorado drought conditions dramatically reduced

DENVER – A national report monitoring drought conditions says much of Colorado has emerged from months of dry conditions. The Colorado Sun reports that the U.S. Drought Monitor report released...

DATE: March 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Plan to combat drought in West hinges on California, Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A California irrigation district with the highest-priority rights to water from a major Western river is using its power to demand federal funds to restore the state’s largest...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

How much snowpack will make it to reservoirs?

Southwest Colorado’s snowpack is right on track with historic averages, a far cry from last year, but all that potential water may not make it into the region’s needy reservoirs. A number of...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Annual count finds fewer birds, but reasons why still up in the air

Fewer birds were spotted during this winter’s annual bird count, a possible side effect of drought and the 416 Fire, but researchers say it’s too soon to draw conclusions. “The number of birds were...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

One tribal nation could decide fate of Arizona’s drought plan

In Arizona, the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan now hinges on the approval of tribal nations. The plan is meant to levy water cuts to seven Western states, preventing the river and its...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Southwest Colorado shows signs of reversing drought conditions

It appears Southwest Colorado is slowly digging its way out of severe drought conditions. Every Thursday, the U.S. Drought Monitor releases a map that shows areas of drought throughout the country...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bennet’s drought, forest health provisions signed into law

President Donald Trump signed the farm bill into law this week, officially legalizing hemp and creating programs and funds for drought and forest management. The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘It’s bleak’: New Mexico farmers brace for meager water allocations

ALBUQUERQUE – The irrigation canals are all but dry as farmers along the Rio Grande set in for winter, holding out hope that El Niño will develop and save them from what could otherwise be another...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Feds set urgent deadline on Colorado River drought plan

LAS VEGAS – Reforming western water policy has always been an exercise in political maneuvering, stop-and-start negotiations and bureaucratic delays. Progress comes slowly and often reluctantly – a...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Montezuma County stirs debate over water, drought planning

A concern that agricultural water supplies in McPhee Reservoir could be unfairly threatened under a proposed Colorado drought plan has prompted the Montezuma County Board of Commissioners to...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter snow gets off to a good start in Cortez

Snowfall in Cortez this winter has already surpassed the total for all of last winter, said Jim Andrus, local weather observer for the National Weather Service. As of Dec. 6, winter snowfall...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can El Niño undo the damage?

Even if El Niño materializes and brings a wet winter to the West, it likely will not be enough to bring the Four Corners out of an exceptional drought, weather forecasters said this week. It would...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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