Energy resources

Environmentalists, San Miguel county sue to protect Gunnison sage grouse

Three environmental groups, along with San Miguel County, have filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management alleging improper approval of oil and gas lease sales near the threatened...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposed drilling near Hovenweep criticized for potential harm to views, night sky

New drilling rigs and oil and gas infrastructure could sprout within sight of Hovenweep National Monument, according to a proposed March lease sale issued by a Utah office of the Bureau of Land...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

America last: Trump’s actions leave U.S. behind, dismiss input and risk public resources

It is all quite shocking. By withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, President Trump dismissed the advice of his daughter Ivanka, Secretary of State Tillerson and business leaders from Apple,...

DATE: June 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

It’s propaganda, not fake news

The article you published by David Brooks, The New York Times columnist, is more propaganda than news. He fears the loss of faith in civilization after the age of Obama, Cameron and Merkel, and...

DATE: June 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

LPEA election results to be announced at annual meeting

The results of the La Plata Electric Association director election will be announced at its annual meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Sky Ute Casino Resort, 14324 Highway 172, Ignacio. Jeff...

DATE: May 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Feds pull drilling from Lone Mesa State Park

The Tres Rios Bureau of Land Management office has elected to defer portions of proposed oil and gas leases that are within Lone Mesa State Park north of Dolores. About 1,000 acres from three...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County faces 10 percent budget cut

As the oil and carbon dioxide markets fizzle, so does the 2017 Montezuma County budget. During a budget workshop this week, county administrator Melissa Brunner reported that department budgets...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

2 solar projects aid low-income families

Two solar installations in Bayfield that have cut energy costs and reduced carbon dioxide emissions for affordable and low-income housing communities have recently been completed, concluding this...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico tests the water for uses of geothermal resources

Rico is blessed with geothermal resources, but tapping into the underground hot water resource for commercial purposes within town is easier said than done, and costly. The Colorado School of Mines...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High School graduates’ adventure underway in solar car

What started as a school project has turned into a great adventure for recent Animas High School graduates Dominique “Domi” Frideger and Dylan Kroes as they prepare to enter the Solar Car Challenge...

DATE: July 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Obstacles remain when going solar

Southwest Colorado is bathed in sunshine, boasting more than 300 days of it per year and ranking near the top for photovoltaic solar potential. But when it comes to solar power generation in La...

DATE: May 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kinder Morgan-Montezuma County tax battle goes to Colorado Supreme Court

A 9-year-old tax dispute between Montezuma County and Kinder Morgan has landed in the lap of the Colorado Supreme Court. The convoluted case revolves around assessed values of the company’s carbon...

DATE: March 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News