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LWCF, abandoned mine cleanup could be part of next COVID-19 stimulus bill

As Colorado works to rebuild its economy from the novel coronavirus, elected officials in Southwest Colorado, lawmakers in Congress and Western advocacy groups say permanent funding for the Land...

DATE: May 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

State takes over cleanup of M&M Truck Stop in Cortez

The Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety plans to clean up contaminated soils at the long-abandoned M&M Truck Stop this summer, officials have announced. The move opens the door for potential...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

BLM removes mine waste leaching into Animas River

The Bureau of Land Management has cleaned up mine tailings north of Silverton that were leaching heavy metals into the Animas River. Brant Porter, a BLM spokesman, said the contaminated mine waste...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New methane regulations lauded by Durango-area leaders, environmentalists

Colorado air quality regulators unanimously voted Thursday to adopt sweeping new standards to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas facilities, which now apply to Southwest Colorado. “This vote...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2019 | 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 | 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

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

50 volunteers spend Sunday cleaning homeless camps

Work gloves on, rakes, shovels and hoes at the ready, about 50 civic-minded residents dedicated their Sunday afternoon to cleaning up scores of recently active homeless camps in Overend Mountain...

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

Saving the planet from disposable diapers

Susan Atkinson describes herself as a climate activist – she’s had letters warning about the dangers of climate change published in USA Today and newspapers in 11 states. But she was frustrated by...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

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