Hermosa

Once a source of fresh water, Hermosa Creek now threatens Animas River

Between heavy metal contamination from legacy mines in Silverton, high levels of E. coli from unknown sources and higher water temperatures that stress aquatic life, the Animas River has its...

DATE: April 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

When will 100-year floodplain be tested in Durango?

Butch Knowlton looks at a floodplain map of La Plata County, and his mind envisions the worst-case scenario: all those homes, all those people. As director of La Plata County’s Office of Emergency...

DATE: April 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rapid snow melt could intensify 416 Fire runoff

How bad the runoff from the 416 Fire burn scar will be is going to depend on how quickly the snow melts, Butch Knowlton, director of La Plata County’s Office of Emergency Management, said Tuesday...

DATE: March 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Flooding from runoff on 416 Fire a growing concern

It’s time to start thinking about the potential risks of flooding from spring runoff on the 416 Fire burn scar. This winter’s snow has been a welcome sight to drought-stricken Southwest Colorado....

DATE: Feb. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What’s next in 416 Fire burn area? Look to Missionary Ridge

HERMOSA – Those who wonder what the Hermosa Creek drainage will look like 15 years after the 416 Fire can look across the Animas Valley to Missionary Ridge for an example of a forest recovering...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two of Colorado’s largest trees burn in 416 Fire

Two of the largest trees in the state of Colorado fell victim to the flames of the 416 Fire, a flyover of the burn scar revealed last week. Since the outbreak of the 416 Fire in June, forest...

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

416 Fire prompts mandatory Thursday morning evacuation of Hermosa area

La Plata County has ordered a mandatory evacuation to begin at 6 a.m. Thursday for residences in the pre-evacuated Hermosa area north from Cometti/Mead Lane to the intersection of County Road 250C...

DATE: June 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Small donations add up to help forest health in Southwest Colorado

A few extra dollars can go a long way toward protecting forests of the San Juan Mountains. This year, Purgatory Resort and Hermosa Tours, a mountain bike tour company, will take part in the...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Management plan finalized for Hermosa Creek watershed

A management plan for a variety of recreational uses in the Hermosa Creek watershed has officially been finalized, the U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday. The announcement is significant, as...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Blasting operation set for Thursday afternoon in Hermosa area

Blasting operations are set to begin Thursday in Hermosa Creek Special Management Area behind Purgatory Resort as crews start to build a fish barrier for a cutthroat trout reintroduction program....

DATE: Aug. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

River Protection Workgroup disbands over disagreements

After more than a decade, the River Protection Workgroup, tasked with drafting a regionwide approach to land and river management in Southwest Colorado, has disbanded because members could not...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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