Environment

Entering a state wildlife area, like Perins Peak? You’ll need a hunting or fishing license

Starting July 1, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will require anyone who enters a state wildlife area – like at Perins Peak, Bodo and Haviland Lake – to have a hunting or fishing license, a move...

DATE: June 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lemon Reservoir struggles to fill, while Vallecito nears capacity

Their land sits mere miles apart, but irrigators on the Florida River will likely have a shorter irrigation season than some of their neighbors on the Pine River in eastern La Plata County....

DATE: May 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rare cutthroat trout, saved in 416 Fire, set to be released back into the wild

While firefighting crews were in the throes of battling the 416 Fire as it rapidly spread through the San Juan National Forest north of Durango in June 2018, an unlikely rescue mission was being...

DATE: May 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango restricts fires, smoking ahead of Memorial Day weekend

The city of Durango issued smoking and fire restrictions Thursday in the face of extreme fire conditions. The order, which has no end date, aims to decrease the risk of fire and help ensure...

DATE: May 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forecast for Animas River flows doesn’t look rosy

The forecast for the spring runoff on the Animas River does not look promising: below-average water volumes, a below-average peak flow and an early snowpack melt. “I think, unfortunately, it’s one...

DATE: May 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

GCC Energy offers to pay $3.5 million for coal mine expansion

GCC Energy has offered to pay nearly $3.5 million to secure an expansion of the King II coal mine in southwest La Plata County. GCC Energy has operated the coal mine near Hesperus since 2007. But...

DATE: April 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

J. Paul Brown to reduce sheep herd amid disease concerns for bighorns

A conservation group has bought out one of Ignacio rancher J. Paul Brown’s grazing allotments in the Weminuche Wilderness to reduce the risk his sheep pose to native bighorns, but critics say the...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montana’s water is free of invasive mussels, meaning less risk for Colorado

WASHINGTON – Montana’s reservoirs and water systems are free of invasive mussels, which lowers Colorado’s risk of invasion, said Mike Preston with the Dolores Water Conservancy District on...

DATE: March 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mexico to address lingering concerns of Gold King Mine spill

FARMINGTON – As the five-year anniversary of the Gold King Mine spill nears, the New Mexico Environment Department is holding feedback session with Navajo farmers to ease worries surrounding any...

DATE: March 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Key stakeholders emphasize collaboration at Western water event

What happens when key stakeholders in Southwestern water management come together at the same table? Competing uses and the need for collaboration become more clear, and the path to solutions...

DATE: Feb. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Scars of aspen decline persist nearly 20 years after drought

On a drive from Durango to Cortez, groves of aspens house dead and dying trees, ghostly reminders of the lingering effects of a drought 20 years ago and the region’s changing climate. Sudden aspen...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

What will water conservation guidelines mean for Durango, Bayfield and Ignacio?

Local governments in La Plata County aren’t opposed to a proposed state bill that stresses water conservation planning at the local level. Some are ready for it. Others would have work to do....

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

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