Land use

Frustrations mount over La Plata County’s proposed land-use code

Frustration boiled over this week as some La Plata County ranchers and farmers opposed a new land-use code, which some see as an example of government overreach and an infringement on property...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oil and gas lease sale near Hay Gulch scheduled for March

An oil and gas lease sale that includes 80 acres in southwestern La Plata County is on track for March, according to the Bureau of Land Management. In June, the BLM announced two parcels in the...

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

2017: A year about land use, health and play in Dolores

The Dolores area experienced successes and controversy in 2017. Ron Kotarski Jr. playground closes The story that got the most attention in Dolores was the closing of the popular Ron Kotarski Jr.,...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma Land Conservancy awarded $1.8 million grant

Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded the Montezuma Land Conservancy a $1.8 million Inspire Initiative grant for programs that focus on outdoor activities for youths. The grant will be used to expand...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mining claim in Weminuche Wilderness donated as open space

A 10-acre mining claim in the Weminuche Wilderness will now be protected as open space. According to Amy Schwarzbach, executive director of La Plata Open Space Conservancy , members of the Alder...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

BP donates nearly 200 acres near Bayfield as open space

BP American Production Company has donated nearly 200 acres near Bayfield to be preserved as open space, said Amy Schwarzbach, executive director of La Plata Open Space Conservancy . The land, now...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

October test shows no mussels at McPhee

A coalition of local government agencies that formed to prevent an invasive mussel contamination at McPhee Reservoir can claim victory in its first year. A test in October showed no sign of the...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Forest travel plan released for Rico-West Dolores

A new travel plan for the Rico-West Dolores area of the San Juan National Forest reduces single-track motorcycle access in order to benefit wildlife habitat, hunters and quiet recreation users. But...

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

Land conservancy steps up to preserve Hidden Valley property

La Plata Open Space Conservancy will take the lead once again to gather community support for the preservation of 30 acres in Falls Creek, also known as Hidden Valley. “Twenty five years ago we...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County, BLM may team up for Sand Canyon solution

A combined effort by Canyons of the Ancients Monument and Montezuma County could boost parking at the Sand Canyon trailhead from the current 20 spots to up to 60. There is a dire need for...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ranching standoff trial a test of federal government control

LAS VEGAS – The ability of the federal government to enforce its own land policies in the West will be tested as a trial begins this week of a Nevada rancher accused of leading a 2014 armed...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Montezuma County to hold meeting to discuss Sand Canyon parking

The Montezuma County commission will hold a neighborhood meeting on a plan to expand parking for the Sand Canyon trail at 1:45 p.m. Nov. 6. The meeting will be held at the site of a new Bureau of...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News