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BLM designates special management areas

The Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office has designated three areas of critical environmental concern in Montezuma and San Miguel counties. The new amendment to the 2015 Resource...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Where is the lower-elevation snow for Southwest Colorado?

Snowpack in the high country of Southwest Colorado seems on track with historic averages so far this winter, but a near complete lack of snow in lower elevations and valleys has drawn concern about...

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

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 | UPDATED: 5 days 12 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado wildlife officials seek solution as elk herds decline

Hunters in Southwest Colorado say fewer elk and too many hunters in the forest ruined their favorite outdoor experience, so Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking solutions. At the Dolores...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Spring Creek Basin wild horse plan up for revision

The wild horses of the Spring Creek Basin herd are contently grazing through a thin layer of snowpack on their 22,000-acre management area northeast of Dove Creek. To better define and support...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Colorado Parks and Wildlife puts pine stumps to work as fish habitat

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is improving Summit Reservoir fish habitat with an innovative approach: big tree stumps. Six ponderosa pine stumps weighing between 800 and 1,600 pounds were dragged...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango restaurants take lead in reducing plastic use

Not surprisingly, quite a few restaurants in environmentally conscious Durango have taken an extra step or two to eliminate the use of single-use plastic items. “We’ve been actively working to...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

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

Durango forest school offers outdoor learning in all weather

Bundled up for a day in the snow, preschool students and their parents spread tarps and blankets over a frozen creek last week for a class featuring lessons often taught in a public library. But...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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