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 | UPDATED: 4 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Public hearing to be held Friday in Durango about future oil and gas regulations

Southwest Coloradans will have the opportunity to weigh in on state changes to the regulation of the oil and gas industry and provide crucial regional feedback Friday. The Colorado Oil and Gas...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Yale study puts Americans’ perspectives on food, environment to the test

Research from Yale University says more than half of Americans are willing to eat more plant-based foods, but 4 in 10 still don’t see how plant-based diets reduce environmental impacts. Locally,...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Exotic – and illegal – fish found in the Animas River

Did you illegally dump an exotic catfish into the Animas River? If so, officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife would like to have a quick conversation with you. “That is such a huge, huge...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How to help elk herds? Limit out-of-state hunters, kill more predators, some say

Figuring out how to help Southwest Colorado’s declining elk herds recover is not going to be easy. That, at least, was the take-home message from Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff at a meeting to...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango outdoor education nonprofits merge, plan to expand services

Two longstanding Durango nonprofits known for connecting people with the outdoors have merged in an attempt to have a broader reach across Southwest Colorado. The San Juan Mountains Association –...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

La Plata County residents meet to discuss pros, cons of wolf reintroduction

IGNACIO – Colorado may never come to a consensus about whether to reintroduce wolves, but can residents come to an understanding? In an age of fierce political divisiveness and endless volleys of...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Beetle infestation slows in Southwest Colorado, but only for lack of trees

After more than two decades, beetle kill across Southwest Colorado is finally showing signs of slowing down, but that’s only because most trees at risk have fallen prey to the massive outbreak, a...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Southern Utes respond to burst gas pipeline on Pine River tributary

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s natural gas gathering company responded to a burst pipeline Thursday over a tributary of the Pine River, south of Ignacio. Red Cedar Gathering Co. was notified of a...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Owner of Gold King Mine not happy with proposed cleanup solution

Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King Mine, is not happy about the proposed Superfund cleanup around Silverton, saying the suggestion to plug more mines only redistributes potentially toxic water and...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

As the Southwest dries out, water managers increasingly look to cloud seeding

Southwest Colorado has long been considered part of the arid West. But as a decades-long drought grips the region, and the population only increases, adequate water supply has become a greater...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

One year later: Oil and gas worker’s death remains a mystery

Last January, Randy Yellowman died in an explosion while working at a natural gas well pad south of Durango, and one year later, it appears investigators will never know what ignited the flare-up...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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