Land use

Revisions coming to La Plata County’s draft land-use codes

La Plata County officials have vowed to continue to move forward with updates to its outdated land-use codes, but they will pivot from their original timeline to take a hard look at the draft set...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tribes united on restoring Bears Ears National Monument during testimony to Congress

During a U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C., local Native American tribes voiced unanimous opposition to a bill that replaces Bears Ears National Monument...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes blast member’s testimony against Bears Ears

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Council has rejected congressional testimony made by a tribal member supporting a bill to replace Bears Ears National Monument with two smaller monuments. Suzette Morris...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Pleasant View residents concerned about elk management

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has agreed to meet with Pleasant View landowners regarding wildlife-damaged fence issues and other concerns. The situation came to the forefront after landowner Debbie...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM to hold travel management meetings in Cortez, Durango

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office will host two open house meetings to share information about route designations for travel management on public lands...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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