Land use

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 | UPDATED: 1 day 14 hours ago | 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 | UPDATED: 5 days 13 hours ago | 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

Public access to land near Summit Lake in Montezuma County hits snag

Access to public lands south of Summit Lake in Montezuma County could be blocked by a 2-foot-wide strip of private land, officials have learned. The Bureau of Land Management and Montezuma County...

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

New public roads trigger lawsuit against Montezuma County

When Montezuma County commissioners approved public roads at a Summit Lake West subdivision for access to Bureau of Land Management land, it put an unfair maintenance burden on residents, according...

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

Proposal to limit vacation rentals in Durango city limits put on hold

A proposal to block vacation rentals from opening in some areas of Durango slated for redevelopment has been shelved for now. It was one of several land-use code amendments the Durango Planning...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango drafts affordable housing plan

The city’s recently released draft Durango Housing Plan lays out strategies to encourage construction and to address the increasingly unaffordable housing market. The city of Durango is aiming to...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Environmentalists, San Miguel county sue to protect Gunnison sage grouse

Three environmental groups, along with San Miguel County, have filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management alleging improper approval of oil and gas lease sales near the threatened...

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

Proposed drilling near Hovenweep criticized for potential harm to views, night sky

New drilling rigs and oil and gas infrastructure could sprout within sight of Hovenweep National Monument, according to a proposed March lease sale issued by a Utah office of the Bureau of Land...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango considers changes to vacation rental regulations

Vacation rentals could be blocked from opening in certain residential areas and in areas slated for redevelopment to help protect housing. The potential change to vacation rental regulations was...

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

Mancos farm’s agritourism plan needs further review

A proposal by Green Table Farm near Mancos to hold events hit a snag in the Montezuma County Planning Commission on Sept. 14. Farm owner Tyler Hoyt is seeking a high-impact permit and special-use...

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