Environment

Citizen scientists enlisted to research monarch butterfly mystery

There’s a mystery surrounding the embattled monarch butterfly’s ways in Southwest Colorado, and researchers across the country are asking residents here to help solve it. Each fall, millions of...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Public Lands Day to celebrate outdoor spaces

Multiple events are scheduled for the second annual Colorado Public Lands Day to be held Saturday. The goal of the events is to give back to the environment and promote public lands for all to use....

DATE: May 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Photo: Trees are terrific

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

For warmth, some households still burn coal

Monte Miller shovels a load of coal into a bucket and makes the short journey from his storage shed to his home on the edge of Bayfield, joking aloud that his wife likes to keep the temperature at...

DATE: March 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez Bird Count spots near-record 81 species

Results are in from the latest Cortez Bird Count, and they reveal some surprises about the feathered folk of Montezuma County. On Dec. 30 in Cortez and the surrounding area, about 30 bird-watching...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango woman protects horned owl habitat in her backyard

If you live on the grid in downtown Durango, it’s likely you’ve heard the late-night hooting of an owl off in the distance. And thanks to one Durango resident, those bird calls might be here to...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Groups appeal dismissal of Southwest coal plant lawsuit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Environmental groups are appealing a federal judge’s dismissal of their lawsuit aimed at shutting down a coal-fired power plant and adjacent mine near the Arizona-New Mexico...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Battle against Russian olive trees waged for second year

Mountain Studies Institute and Southwest Conservation Corps continue to wage war against the Russian olive, an invasive species that chokes out native trees and degrades the quality of the...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain Studies Institute opens discovery center in Silverton

Mountain Studies Institute has opened a new center in Silverton to help educate the public about the Animas River and natural history of the San Juan Mountains through exhibits, programs and...

DATE: July 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Earth Day Festival draws environmentally-friendly activities

Blue skies and warm weather on Sunday made for a successful 2017 Earth Day Festival held at Rotary Park, said Durango Nature Studies executive director Sally Shuffield. “It’s a really great time...

DATE: April 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rose Chilcoat charged with trespassing on Utah trust land

Criminal charges have been filed against former Great Old Broads for Wilderness associate director Rose Chilcoat and her husband, Mark Franklin, for allegedly trespassing in Utah and endangering...

DATE: April 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News