Land use

Local and national recreation groups sue forest

Motorcycle and land access groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the San Juan National Forest over new trail recreation rules that reduce motorized trail use. San Juan Trail Riders, based in...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winner of commissioner race will face shrinking budget, tough land-use issues

Battling La Plata County’s continuing budget woes and overhauling the county’s much-outdated land-use code are going to be the main issues facing whoever wins the one commissioner seat up for grabs...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sand Canyon to get improved parking, pending funding

The Bureau of Land Management has approved a plan to improve parking and access to the South Sand Canyon Trail system in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. But a timeline on construction is...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cedar Mesa Ranches subdivision seeks new road designation from Montezuma County

Residents of the Cedar Mesa Ranches subdivision are seeking help from the Montezuma County Board of Commissioners to curb speeding in their neighborhood. The subdivision north of Mesa Verde...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM to use less disruptive method for wild horse roundups

Bait trapping is the favored procedure if wild horses need to be removed from the Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area, according to a decision released Friday by the Tres Rios Bureau of Land...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trail-use plan finalized for Rico-West Dolores

The Dolores Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest has released a final record of decision for trail use in the Rico-West Dolores area. The travel-management decision comes after years of...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County commissioners get zoning tutorial

The saga of whether zoning will be adopted in La Plata County may have entered the beginning of its end stage Wednesday. Commissioners kicked off a series of four work sessions that is expected to...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas Surgical Hospital gets OK for new building

A new building that would allow Animas Surgical Hospital to split outpatient and inpatient operations into separate buildings was recommended for approval by the Durango Planning Commission. The...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Plans for Durango Mesa Park receive nod of approval

How hard could it be to approve an early plan for a 1,900-acre park with visions of a new fairgrounds, athletic and sports fields, and a cultural and special-events center that would provide a...

DATE: July 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

To zone or not to zone, that’s the question for La Plata County

La Plata County is about to take a deep dive down the zoning rabbit hole to decide whether to implement for the first time countywide zoning, and if rules are adopted, what that would look like. In...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service gives Village at Wolf Creek road access

In a bombshell decision, the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday gave the Village at Wolf Creek its long-desired road access to U.S. Highway 160, essentially paving the way for the proposed massive...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM proposes better parking at Sand Canyon Trailhead

The Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment that considers expanding parking areas at the Sand Canyon and Rock Creek trailheads to...

DATE: July 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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