Elementary students bring Dolores history to life

Dolores third-graders relived the local history of the Rio Grande Southern railroad and the mining, logging and ranching industries during a well-attended performance Dec. 19. Dozens of parents...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

King II coal mine approved for expansion

The Trump administration’s vow to streamline energy development has helped La Plata County’s only running coal mine receive quick approval for an expansion that will extend operations until at...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bill introduced to reform hard-rock mining laws

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, along with Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Edward Markey, D-Mass., introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2017...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

King II Coal Mine expansion proposal splits crowd

An open house Tuesday at the Breen Community Building focused on the expansion of a coal mine west of Durango drew ardent supporters and skeptics. The GCC Energy King II Coal Mine 20 miles west of...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Funding to reclaim abandoned mines falls short

WASHINGTON, D.C. – State and federal mine cleanup programs have had a difficult time making headway because the projects are so costly. U.S. House members gathered last week to discuss the...

DATE: June 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Additional environmental study planned for Hesperus coal mine expansion

Federal agencies announced this month that they will conduct additional environmental analyses of a Hesperus coal mine’s expansion plans. GCC Energy , which owns the King II coal mine, wants to...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Idaho Springs emerges from Superfund cleanup with optimism

IDAHO SPRINGS – For decades, a creek in the mountains west of Denver sometimes ran yellow from toxic waste gurgling out of abandoned mines – a painfully familiar story in the picturesque wreckage...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Carbon Junction enters new era of use after mine scars healed

When Oakridge Energy applied for a permit for the Carbon Junction Mine in 1992, it had hoped to extract what was thought to be a massive coal vein underneath Ewing Mesa, just southeast of Durango....

DATE: Sept. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA seeks depository for mine waste treatment plant sludge

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to search for a permanent resting place for sludge from a water-treatment plant at Gladstone, and it is vetting solicitations from private businesses...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

King II receives moratorium exemption, exploration license

Six months after the Interior secretary declared a pause on new coal production leases across the United States, the King II coal mine in Hesperus received the exemption from the moratorium it was...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Western coal mines scaling operations back, shutting down

By the dim light of a headlamp, miners peer down avenues speckled with lights that make coal seam tunnels look more like urban streets. A close-knit community has developed around an industry that...

DATE: July 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico museum captures rich, surprising history

Drive north on scenic Colorado Highway 145 past legacy ranches on the Dolores River and you’ll find a destination in the mountain town of Rico that allows you to experience a piece of Western...

DATE: June 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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