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Snow reaches Southwest Colorado; Wolf Creek Ski Area to open this weekend

After a summer of drought, fires and above-average temperatures, a welcomed sight has returned to Southwest Colorado: snow. And to top it off, Wolf Creek Ski Area plans to open this weekend. Across...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River appears to have hit all-time low

The Animas River appears to have hit an all-time low. For the past week or so, the river in Durango has registered the lowest flows ever recorded at a water-level gauge, which has been in operation...

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

Colorado drought gets worse, especially in southwest corner

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s drought is getting worse, with unusually dry conditions across more than 85 percent of the state. The U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly report released Thursday shows...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado’s drought set to be fourth worst on record

This year’s drought is one for the record books, – especially for Southwest Colorado. The Colorado water year, which ends Oct. 31, looks to be the fourth driest on record since the state began...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

After years of drought, Colorado water bosses face uncertainty

On June 1, a spark near the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad ignited a flame in the Animas River gorge north of Durango. The fire would burn for weeks, torching more than 55,000 acres and...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Repairs force drainage of Groundhog Reservoir; no bag limit on fish

Malfunctioning dam equipment discovered this week at Groundhog Reservoir has forced Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co. to begin draining the lake in order to make repairs, officials report. As a...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hot, dry summer calls for wise watering

Colorado has faced higher-than-normal temperatures this summer, with several fires burning and severe fire restrictions declared statewide. The hot weather is anticipated to continue into...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Reservoir levels in Southwest Colorado hit 16-year low

The drought and paltry winter snowpack are wreaking havoc on water supplies for reservoirs and irrigators in Southwest Colorado. Narraguinnep and Groundhog reservoirs are at their lowest levels in...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

With higher-than-average temps lingering, businesses offer relief

Hotter-than-average summer temperatures have fueled business for those selling relief in the form of air conditioners and fans. During much of June, residents were unable to open their windows...

DATE: July 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drought remains, but rains put dent in Southwest fire danger

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The threat of wildfire in the American Southwest has been significantly dampened by the monsoon season, but national fire and climatology experts said Wednesday the region is...

DATE: July 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Tour examines drought’s impacts in La Plata County

The long-lasting impacts of drought were apparent Monday as a flare-up began to produce a small plume of smoke in the 416 Fire burn scar just as Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow...

DATE: July 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rural La Plata County residents in a pinch for water

Residents in rural La Plata County are feeling the pinch of Durango’s decision to cut off new customers at its water dock. “The urban communities that have water docks, in my opinion, have a...

DATE: July 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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