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J. Paul Brown to reduce sheep herd amid disease concerns for bighorns

A conservation group has bought out one of Ignacio rancher J. Paul Brown’s grazing allotments in the Weminuche Wilderness to reduce the risk his sheep pose to native bighorns, but critics say the...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Leader of state Energy Office touts clean power in Durango

State legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote clean electricity has made Colorado a leader in environmental protection. That was the optimistic message brought to Durango on...

DATE: March 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sen. Cory Gardner says he showed Trump photo of Colorado to help secure LWCF funding

President Donald Trump urged Congress to pass a law that permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund last week, after repeatedly requesting to cut its funding by 97% in annual budget...

DATE: March 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council takes second look at banning plastic bags

Confident the politics of environmental protection have strengthened since voters in 2013 soundly overturned a 10-cent fee for single-use plastic bags, Durango city councilors Monday agreed to...

DATE: March 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango-area residents weigh in as new rulemaking process for oil, gas regulations begins

Environmental protections and concerns over Front Range influence took top priority during a public meeting between Durango-area residents and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The...

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

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 | 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

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