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Gunnison sage grouse struggle in Southwest Colorado

Gunnison sage grouse are hanging on in Southwest Colorado, but their numbers are dropping, and the population in Dove Creek might have disappeared. The plucky, ground-dwelling bird famous for its...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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 | UPDATED: 5 days 49 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Climate change taking toll on mountain towns

Snow patterns are changing across the world in mountain communities, and the time is now for places like Durango to adapt, said Heidi Steltzer, a Fort Lewis College professor and local climate...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 12 hours ago | 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

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

Water samples show no impact from Silver Wing Mine spill

A mine that spilled into the Animas River north of Silverton did not impact water quality, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, which collected samples and analyzed the data. It was...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Life of King II coal mine extended by 20 years

A coal mine in La Plata County has been approved for expansion, a move that is expected to extend the life of the mine for at least another 20 years. Preparing for its coal reserves to run out, GCC...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Diaries: Learn how to support the environment

How can you do your part to help the environment? Find out Wednesday at Durango Diaries, the storyteller series hosted by The Durango Herald . Four local environmental advocates will share stories...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dirt bike route proposed in ‘one of the last untouched’ places in Silverton

A new route for dirt bikes is being proposed in the San Juan Mountains, which some Silverton locals fear will compromise one of the last quiet, unmotorized places in the nearby backcountry. “Minnie...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bears packing on the pounds before hibernation

Trying to pack on the pounds before hibernation, bears are picking up their activity in and around Durango. “There’s definitely been an uptick in reports of bear incidents in the last week,” said...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Year of renewal: Hermosa Creek watershed shows signs of recovery after 416 Fire

One year after the 416 Fire, Hermosa Creek is showing early signs of bouncing back. “The area is recovering pretty well,” said Gretchen Fitzgerald, a forester with the U.S. Forest Service. “There...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Wetlands north of Durango approved for expansion

Wetlands north of Durango in the Animas Valley have been approved for expansion. For years, the Zink family has been working to restore a good part of their 150-acre ranch , which has been in the...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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