Environmental issue

Climate change hitting Southwest, national reports says

The effects of climate change are already apparent in the Southwest, and especially noticeable in the San Juan Mountains is a decrease in snowpack, which increases the chances and severity of...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

After die-off, Animas River restocked with fish

The restoration of the Animas River has begun. Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Thursday stocked 1,500 rainbow trout in the Animas River at a few locations from the 32nd Street Bridge to the High...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can wild bighorns, domestic sheep coexist in Weminuche Wilderness?

For more than six years, the U.S. Forest Service has wrestled with whether to continue to allow domestic sheep grazing in the Weminuche Wilderness, despite the risk it poses to the wild bighorn....

DATE: Dec. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Gardner, Tipton introduce mine-cleanup bill

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Thursday introduced the latest attempt to pass a “good Samaritan” bill that would allow groups to do cleanup work on abandoned mines without...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA: Gold King Mine spill had no immediate, long-term impacts

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency found the Gold King Mine spill had no immediate or lasting impacts, similar to findings with other organizations’ conclusions in recent weeks....

DATE: Dec. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crow Canyon’s pueblo farming project cited in carbon cycle report

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s Pueblo Farming Project was highlighted in a new U.S. government report, “The Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report” – a companion piece to the highly...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

New director wants to bridge gap between community and land conservancy

La Plata Open Space Conservancy’s new executive director is getting to know Southwest Colorado, and he hopes to do the same with the organization he now leads. Patrick Barker arrived in Durango in...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas High students all in on metal straws

After Animas High School students saw a viral video of marine biologists pulling a plastic straw from a sea turtle’s nostril, they knew they had their project to try to make this world a little...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community group forming to provide Superfund input

The Superfund cleanup of mines around the Animas River headwaters may take an untold number of years to complete, but a new citizens group intends to hang in there every step of the way. For years,...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forum examines past and future of wolves in Colorado

Colorado prepared extensively for the migration of wolves into the state from Yellowstone, and a few strays have actually made it here, but not in enough numbers to establish viable populations – a...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pastorius Reservoir drained to remove invasive species

The draining of Pastorius Reservoir has begun. Taking advantage of a low water year, the Florida Water Conservancy District will empty the reservoir southeast of Durango to make dam repairs. The...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico-West Dolores travel plan gains another lawsuit

A travel management plan recently approved by the San Juan National Forest for the Dolores Valley now faces a second lawsuit – this time from environmentalists and Dunton Hot Springs. The Rico-West...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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