Outdoor recreation

Trails damaged by 416 Fire won’t open until next summer

Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will likely be forced to wait until next summer to use trails closed in the 416 Fire burn area. The threat of flooding, mudslides and debris flows could make any...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kinder Morgan donates money to Cortez Community Garden

On July 24, representatives from Kinder Morgan CO2 Co. presented a gift to the Cortez Community Garden. The community garden outside the Cortez Recreation Center has been growing ever since Common...

DATE: July 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Post-burn study begins for Burro Fire

Fire recovery specialists have begun assessing the impacts of the Burro Fire, which scorched 4,593 acres in Bear Creek Canyon northeast of Dolores. Recent rains have led to nearly 100 percent...

DATE: July 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Reservoir fishing abounds in Southwest Colorado

Durango resident Samantha Brow is an avid high-country creek angler, but she tried her skills at Groundhog Reservoir in western Colorado on July 1 and was happy that she did. “We paddled onto the...

DATE: July 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Fire, construction hurt Lake Nighthorse revenue

The 416 Fire and boat ramp reconstruction are likely responsible for lower-than-expected visitation and revenue at Lake Nighthorse this summer. The lake has generated about $60,123, and the city...

DATE: July 17, 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

Previously closed trails and roads re-open near burn areas

The San Juan National Forest has re-opened trails and roads – including the Colorado Trail – that were part of a closed area of the forest near the 416 and Burro fires. The areas were originally...

DATE: July 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Paragliders can return to Smelter Mountain after ban ends

Paragliders floating around the skies above Durango will once again become a familiar sight. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a citizen petition asking for...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez council to vote on meeting procedures, BMX track and more

In its Tuesday meeting, the Cortez City Council will consider time limits for public comment at meetings, a new name for the Cortez BMX track and other issues. The regular meeting will start at...

DATE: July 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pickleball mania strikes Cortez at new courts’ grand opening

About 60 pickleball enthusiasts from the Four Corners area attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Cortez’s new outdoor courts on Saturday. In May, the city finished converting some of the tennis...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas Amazons tackle Chinese whitewater

Four Durango women from the Animas Amazons rafting team will travel to China to compete in the International Rafting Federation Ziyuan Rafting Festival. Mia Carrasco-Songer, Jenn Clayton, Teal...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

McPhee Reservoir reopens after forest closure lifted

Some public lands near the Burro Fire will remain closed, even as the San Juan National Forest reopened to the public at Thursday after rescinding the Stage 3 closure order that has been in place...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News