Animas River, once again, sets record low flow

Once again, the Animas River has recorded a record low flow, according to a gauge in Durango with more than a century’s worth of data collecting. Before this winter, the previous low flow at the...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2021 | UPDATED: 4 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Recent snowstorms lower severity of drought in Southwest Colorado

Last week, portions of Montezuma and La Plata counties dropped out of the worst drought category, thanks to recent snowstorms. Most of Montezuma County is now in “extreme drought,” down from the...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2021 | UPDATED: 6 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

One, two, three storm punch for Southwest Colorado

Get ready for some snow in Southwest Colorado. A series of winter storms over the next few days are expected to bring much needed moisture to the region, said Mike Charnick, a meteorologist for the...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Shakeup at water district brings in new face to deal with old problems

A fresh face was appointed to the Southwestern Water Conservation District to bring new ideas to decades-old problems surrounding water in the arid Southwest – at least that’s the hope of La Plata...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drought causing issues for Durango’s fish hatchery

Prolonged drought in Southwest Colorado is now affecting Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s fish hatchery in Durango. Joe Lewandowski, spokesman for CPW, said the Durango Fish Hatchery, along the banks...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River shatters all-time record low flow based on 109 years of data

Records show the Animas River recently broke the all-time low flow set on the water gauge behind the Powerhouse Science Center, which has collected data for 109 years. The previous record low flow...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Five environmental issues to watch in 2021

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look at the most pressing environmental issues that face Southwest Colorado in the year to come, and there’s no shortage of them. How will the...

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

How did the warm fall impact the natural world?

Winter has finally arrived, but not before unseasonably warm temperatures the last few months caused strange things to happen out on the landscape in Southwest Colorado. From delayed elk and bird...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Tough to be a tree: Southwest Colorado’s forests are stressed

Drought, wildfires, beetle infestation – forests across the San Juan Mountains seemingly can’t catch a break in recent years. “It’s a tough time to be a tree right now,” said Dan West, an...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Southwest Colorado ranchers battle drought, development

Matt Barnes grew up in Pennsylvania, where forests enjoy consistent rain and most farmers grow corn. But from a young age, he was drawn to the Western landscape of places like Southwest Colorado,...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter storm knocks out wildfire west of Silverton

A winter storm has put the final nail in the coffin for the Ice Fire burning west of Silverton in the San Juan Mountains, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service announced Tuesday...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Prolonged drought results in record-low flows on Animas River

The Animas River has been setting records this week – just not the good kind. All week, the Animas River has recorded record lows at a gauge station in Durango, which has been tracking flows on the...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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