Environment

New Mexico task force releases first climate change report

FARMINGTON – A multi-agency task force focused on addressing the changing climate released its first annual report for the state of New Mexico. The Interagency Climate Change Task Force, created by...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2019 | UPDATED: 10 hours 41 minutes ago | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Backcountry Horsemen recycling tons of hay string

Some 7 tons of polypropylene hay string have been collected by Four Corners Back Country Horsemen over the past year to be shipped Thursday to a recycling center. “The Backcountry Horsemen realized...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2019 | UPDATED: 10 hours 38 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA looks to develop road map for mine cleanup around Silverton

How should the Environmental Protection Agency start the massive cleanup of mines leaching heavy metals into the headwaters of the Animas River around Silverton? That’s what the agency wants to...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Of 115 homeowners contacted, 1 shows up for meeting about uranium waste

Letters were sent last week to Durango-area homeowners warning of potential uranium waste on their property, but on Wednesday, only one resident attended an informational meeting led by the state...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Climate change taking toll on mountain towns

Snow patterns are changing across the world in mountain communities, and the time is now for places like Durango to adapt, said Heidi Steltzer, a Fort Lewis College professor and local climate...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Letters sent to Durango residents warning of potential radioactive waste

Residents who potentially have radioactive waste on their property may receive a letter from the state health department in the coming days, alerting them of the possible contamination and health...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

County has no say in proposed uranium dump site

It turns out La Plata County has no authority to stop the construction of a uranium disposal site near Bondad proposed by the state’s health department. Recently, the Colorado Department of Public...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposed uranium dump site near Bondad faces stiff opposition

Residents who live near a proposed uranium tailings disposal site south of Durango near Bondad made clear Thursday night they don’t want radioactive waste brought to their neighborhood. “If it’s...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Temporary uranium disposal site proposed south of Durango

A temporary disposal site for uranium tailings that were once used in construction projects around Durango has been proposed south of town, but some nearby residents are not happy. In the...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water samples show no impact from Silver Wing Mine spill

A mine that spilled into the Animas River north of Silverton did not impact water quality, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which collected samples and analyzed the data. It was...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Life of King II coal mine extended by 20 years

A coal mine in La Plata County has been approved for expansion, a move that is expected to extend the life of the mine for at least another 20 years. Preparing for its coal reserves to run out, GCC...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Diaries: Learn how to support the environment

How can you do your part to help the environment? Find out Wednesday at Durango Diaries, the storyteller series hosted by The Durango Herald . Four local environmental advocates will share stories...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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