Land use

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

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