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Solar power comes to Ute Mountain Tribe

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe broke ground Wednesday on a $2 million solar project that will be used to lower electricity bills for tribal residents in Towaoc. An 8-acre hayfield west of the Ute...

DATE: March 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter weather forces closure of Gold King Mine treatment plant

The water treatment plant built to reduce contamination from the Gold King Mine into the headwaters of the Animas River has stopped operations because of the extreme winter weather in the San Juan...

DATE: March 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 22 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

What are the ultimate goals for Superfund cleanup around Silverton?

For the past few years, a question has loomed over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund site of mines polluting the Animas River headwaters around Silverton: What exactly does the...

DATE: March 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 6 days 44 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Sunnyside Gold says EPA should be recused from leading Silverton Superfund cleanup

Is it a conflict of interest for the Environmental Protection Agency, responsible for the Gold King Mine spill, to lead the Superfund cleanup of mine pollution around Silverton? The last company to...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM releases report on special management areas

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment about a preliminary environmental assessment of 17 areas of public lands in Southwest Colorado proposed for designation as areas of critical...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homes in La Plata County have 50-50 chance for unsafe levels of radon

Katherine Burgess lived for 14 years in her home in east Durango when she finally decided to test for radon. Like many residents in Colorado, Burgess knew that radon levels in homes throughout the...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Annual count finds fewer birds, but reasons why still up in the air

Fewer birds were spotted during this winter’s annual bird count, a possible side effect of drought and the 416 Fire, but researchers say it’s too soon to draw conclusions. “The number of birds were...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

WATCH: Baby bear burned in 416 Fire reintroduced to wilderness

Colorado Parks and Wildlife posted a video to its Facebook page Monday that shows crews’ efforts to release a bear cub back into the wilderness. The baby bear suffered significant burns to its...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Citizens group for Superfund site to meet Thursday for first time

With most members set, a citizens group that aims to provide input on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund site of mining areas around Silverton will meet for the first time Thursday. In...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan Mountains protection bill gets another chance

An effort to protect an estimated 52,000 acres of the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado appears to have new life. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo.,...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Have an opinion on hunting or wildlife? Now’s your chance

If you’ve got an opinion on how hunting seasons are scheduled in Colorado, or just about wildlife management in general, now is the time to speak up. Every five years, Colorado Parks and Wildlife ...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

As beetle kill spreads, will the drive from Durango to Silverton resemble Wolf Creek Pass?

Beetle kill is spreading farther west into the San Juan Mountains and now dropping down into the corridor between Durango and Silverton, according to a new report from the Colorado State Forest...

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

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