Beetle kill marches west across San Juan Mountains

Beetle kill is continuing its march through the San Juan Mountains toward the high country around Silverton, according to an aerial survey that tracks outbreaks on an annual basis. Every year, the...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

For first time ever, Chronic Wasting Disease found in deer in Southwest Colorado

Although it was considered inevitable, a long-feared disease that affects elk, deer and moose was detected for the first time ever in Southwest Colorado. Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced this...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mining claims in Weminuche Wilderness protected from development

Two mining claims in the San Juan National Forest’s Weminuche Wilderness have been returned to a wilderness designation, the U.S. Forest Service announced this week. In 2018, the Wilderness Land...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Commission requests release from Lake Nighthorse

FARMINGTON – The San Juan Water Commission “decided to test the system” and request a release from Lake Nighthorse to see if water can be collected for San Juan County, New Mexico, residents. ...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Biden’s oil and gas pause halts lease sales around HD Mountains

President Joe Biden’s temporary freeze on new oil and gas leases on public lands has halted the sale of 10 parcels totaling more than 1,500 acres around the HD Mountains, east of Bayfield. The...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Mineral Creek to be focus of extensive watershed study

The U.S. Forest Service this summer will launch an extensive study of the Mineral Creek watershed west of Silverton, an area that has been bombarded in recent years with campers and hikers headed...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Massive ranch northeast of Durango to be protected from development

A more than 700-acre property northeast of Durango has been placed in a conservation easement, seen as a huge win for protecting not only wildlife habitat, but also the city of Durango’s drinking...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pair of bald eagles buck migration trend, calling Durango home

An effort to track eagle movements in Southwest Colorado, spearheaded by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, has given new insight into just how far the iconic birds migrate across the continent. “We...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drought causing issues for Durango’s fish hatchery

Prolonged drought in Southwest Colorado is now affecting Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s fish hatchery in Durango. Joe Lewandowski, spokesman for CPW, said the Durango Fish Hatchery, along the banks...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA to drill into mine west of Silverton at risk of blowout

The Environmental Protection Agency plans this summer to drill into the collapsed entrance of a mine near Silverton that’s at risk of a blowout. If the situation sounds familiar, it is. The EPA in...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

EPA orders access to water treatment plant north of Silverton

The Environmental Protection Agency issued the owner of the Gold King Mine an order for access to the property where the water treatment plant is located, north of Silverton, after a long-term...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River shatters all-time record low flow based on 109 years of data

Records show the Animas River recently broke the all-time low flow set on the water gauge behind the Powerhouse Science Center, which has collected data for 109 years. The previous record low flow...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

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