In twist, Utah ranchers take Fifth in cattle gate case against Durangoan

The key witnesses in San Juan County’s felony case against the husband of a prominent environmental activist may not testify after all. The reason: The ranchers themselves face a criminal...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Inside Colorado’s ‘hotbed’ of wildlife conflict

A frozen, severed head arrived at the lab. The bighorn sheep’s horns, splattered with bright red blood, curled tightly around its face. Its open eyes seemed alive, and its cracked mouth revealed...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

San Juan Forest finalizes Glade grazing plan

A new cattle grazing plan for the Glade area of the San Juan National Forest north of Dolores has been completed. Dolores District Ranger Derek Padilla has issued a final record of decision for the...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

What’s good for the butterfly may be toxic to livestock

The milkweed plant may be a crucial food source for the embattled monarch butterfly, but it is not so friendly to livestock. With proper management, however, officials say issues can be easily...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bipartisan farm bill passes Senate, moves toward conference

WASHINGTON – The Senate passed a bipartisan five-year bill that serves as a safety net for millions of farmers and ranchers across the country in a 86-11 vote this week. The $867 billion bill funds...

DATE: June 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hay shortage in Southwest Colorado could hit ranchers hard

An extreme shortage of hay as a result of unprecedented drought in Southwest Colorado could force livestock operations struggling to survive to make tough decisions. “I’ve never seen it this dry,”...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Pleasant View rancher lands job as CSU Extension director in Montezuma County

A Pleasant View resident with a ranching background and recent degrees in agriculture and law has been named the new Montezuma County director for the Colorado State University Extension. Kacey...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Farmers, ranchers can apply for emergency loans to help with drought conditions

Farmers and ranchers in La Plata County may now qualify for natural disaster assistance as a result of losses and damages caused by the recent drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced...

DATE: May 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Conservation groups agree to stay sage grouse lawsuit

A coalition of conservation groups that sued to list the Gunnison sage grouse as an endangered instead of threatened species has reached an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The...

DATE: May 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma sheriff seizes 18 ‘emaciated’ horses north of Cortez

Eighteen “emaciated” horses on a property north of Cortez have been seized by the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office and transported to a sanctuary for rehabilitation. On April 11, agriculture...

DATE: April 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

From horses to hemp: Colorado rancher eyes new calling

GLENWOOD SPRINGS (AP) – After a long and successful career up on the saddle training horses and their owners across the country, John Lyons wanted nothing more than to retire, ride off into the...

DATE: April 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Cattlemen’s Banquet tickets up for sale

Tickets are now available for the La Plata-Archuleta Cattlemen’s Banquet, scheduled April 21 at the Sky Ute Event Center in Ignacio. The annual banquet features a prime rib buffet, silent and live...

DATE: April 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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