Drought

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 | UPDATED: 3 days 16 hours ago | 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 | UPDATED: 1 day 5 hours ago | 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

Southwest to see more heat, water scarcity, fires and food insecurity

Climate change is here. It’s human-caused. And it’s going to deliver a blow to American prosperity. Already hard-hit by drought, wildfires and declining water supplies, the Southwest United States...

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

Colorado ski industry virtually protected from drought

DENVER (AP) – Reservoirs have turned to dust. Farmers have fallow fields. But don’t expect the skiing to languish. Ski resorts have spent many decades amassing water rights and water storage and...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Farmington City Council lifts mandatory water restrictions

FARMINGTON – The Farmington City Council has lifted mandatory water restrictions that have been in place since June. The Farmington Daily Times reports the council agreed on Tuesday that the...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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 | 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

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