Natural resources

The next Dakota Access pipeline struggle?

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota regulators are getting ready to open a series of 22 public meetings about an oil pipeline project that opponents have dubbed the next Dakota Access pipeline struggle....

DATE: June 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Dolores builder brings Middle-earth Hobbit houses to Southwest Colorado

The creations of natural-materials builder Brett LeCompte of Dolores are featured in the 2017 architecture book, Small Homes: The Right Size by Lloyd Kahn. Several pages display LeCompte’s...

DATE: May 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Colorado Parks and Wildlife could seek new funding avenues

DENVER – Hikers, bikers, rafters and everyone else who enjoys Colorado’s wild areas and the animals that inhabit them may be asked in the future to put their money where their recreation is. House...

DATE: May 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Planning 2.0 rule made sense, democracy nor the land served

On Tuesday, Congress repealed the Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 Planning 2.0 rule using, for the second time, the 20-year-old little known Congressional Review Act. Doing so was a gross mis-use...

DATE: March 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Gov. Hickenlooper opposes transfer of public lands

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar say a recently released Republican Party platform that promotes the transfer of federal public lands to states is bad for...

DATE: July 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Obstacles remain when going solar

Southwest Colorado is bathed in sunshine, boasting more than 300 days of it per year and ranking near the top for photovoltaic solar potential. But when it comes to solar power generation in La...

DATE: May 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

New methane rule has support in northern New Mexico

A proposed rule from the U.S. Department of the Interior to reduce the venting, leaking and flaring of methane and other natural gases from oil and gas drilling operations on public lands has...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Longtime leader of state Department of Natural Resources ends reign

DENVER – After nearly a decade of service within the Department of Natural Resources – serving under three governors – executive director Mike King is stepping down. King – a Western Slope native –...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oil and gas leases proposed

Public comments are being taken on a proposal to lease six parcels totaling 5,632 acres of public mineral estate in Dolores and Montezuma counties in an upcoming Feb. 11, 2016, oil-and-gas lease...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Long recovery for bighorns

Bighorn sheep numbers in Southwest Colorado are stable, but the population isn’t growing. Catastrophic die-offs caused by respiratory illness in the 1990s and early 2000s decimated some herds and...

DATE: July 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango’s mining, safety office to close

DENVER – A mining and safety field office in Durango is expected to close its doors June 30. The director of the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety – a branch of the Department of...

DATE: May 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Beauprez’s lands stance wrong for Colo.

It has been a few weeks now, but I had somewhat recent occasion to be reminded just how far Telluride is from Ouray, particularly when taking the short cut – on foot. Immediately after that rather...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2014 | COLUMN: Policy and Politics