Land use

Montezuma County irked by BLM map

Montezuma County officials are chapped by a preliminary Bureau of Land Management map that includes the county in a proposed master leasing plan for oil-and-gas development. During a testy exchange...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Subdivision on Rim Drive OK’d

The Durango Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a conceptual plan for a new subdivison and cul-de-sac along the 2600 block of Rim Drive. Property owners Barry and Cynthia Hillmer...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

King Coal Mine seeks county’s OK

For the residents along Hay Gulch Road in southwest La Plata County, one question has remained unanswered for almost a decade: How has a mine producing an average of 1 million tons of coal a year...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gold King spill leads to state-control discussion

DENVER – The recent Gold King Mine wastewater spill could breathe new life into a conversation about state control over federal lands. A meeting of the Water Resources Review Committee on Tuesday...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Food trucks get no slack in Durango

Food trucks have blossomed as an industry in some big cities, but regulations in Durango have made it tough for entrepreneurs to find traction. Unlike other cities, the trucks in Durango can’t...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

County commissioners appoint new surveyor

La Plata County commissioners Tuesday unanimously appointed seasoned surveyor Steve McCormack to serve as interim county surveyor, replacing Larry Connolly, who died in July. McCormack has a track...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Feds to focus on oil, gas concerns

Federal officials are going to spend more time planning for potential oil and gas development in western La Plata and eastern Montezuma counties this year and next. A resource-management plan filed...

DATE: June 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield, county officials discuss joint planning

Town of Bayfield and La Plata County officials met Thursday morning to discuss an agreement for joint planning for development on lands near the town. “We want to get ahead of the game, manage...

DATE: June 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lands board: No illegal camps

A city advisory board took a strong stance against illegal camps on public lands Monday. “We don’t want to encourage people to migrate here. ... I don’t think we want to be famous for being a mecca...

DATE: June 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Infrastructure examined in county comp plan

The new La Plata County Comprehensive Plan could lay out general guidance for many aspects of infrastructure lacking in the current plan. The 2001 version of the plan addressed only...

DATE: June 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents seek resolution to coal mine woes

Neighbors of a coal mine southwest of Hesperus have formed an advisory panel, and have been working for months to tackle concerns raised by the mine’s truck traffic and water consumption. The...

DATE: May 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tense land fights prompt new group

A coalition created to counter the increasing use of intimidation to protest public policy announced its formation Tuesday. The whole point is to raise public awareness of extreme militant groups...

DATE: May 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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