Ice Fire reaches 30% containment, despite high winds

The Ice Fire experienced little growth and was 30% contained as of Thursday night despite high winds that swept through the region. “There was a little bit of activity, but it was basically inside...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ice Fire west of Silverton grows to 508 acres, 15% contained

SILVERTON – A wildfire burning in the San Juan Mountains west of Silverton slowed its spread Tuesday after roaring to life Monday, scorching 508 acres and trapping 23 hikers on the popular...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. gets surprise extension for 2020 census

The 2020 census effort is in its last days, albeit with an unpredictable end date, which means Southwest Coloradans have limited time to complete their census forms. The census, a constitutionally...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain bike park, controversial dirt bike route approved in Silverton

About 30 miles of new trails in Silverton geared at mountain biking were approved Monday, along with a controversial route for dirt bikes through the San Juan Mountains. Since June 2019, the Bureau...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Off-road vehicle rolls north of Silverton, sending six to hospital

An off-highway vehicle that rolled 100 yards down a steep embankment Wednesday north of Silverton resulted in one child having to be taken by helicopter to Mercy Regional Medical Center. DeAnne...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

30 people contacted in Silverton COVID-19 case

As of Sunday, more than 30 people had been interviewed, 16 people tested, 17 people quarantined and four people tested positive based on the contact tracing done after a COVID-19 outbreak in a...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan Mountains take beating this summer from off-roading

With trips to the backcountry increasing this year, in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic making the outdoors a popular destination, more people are illegally driving off-road, damaging fragile...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Campers, hikers stranded by heavy rains near Silverton

Heavy rainfall in San Juan County left several campers stranded near Silverton on Saturday and flooded the Ice Lake area, forcing the closure of County Road 7 beyond Ice Lake. Two campers crossed...

DATE: July 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community Emergency Relief Fund reaches $500,000 awarded in grants

The Community Emergency Relief Fund disbursed $175,000 to 49 nonprofit organizations in Southwest Colorado to aid in coronavirus pandemic relief efforts during a mid-July funding round. Since the...

DATE: July 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Texas woman crashes ATV, requires rescue outside Silverton

A Texas woman required an emergency helicopter rescue Wednesday after crashing an all-terrain vehicle on a backcountry road outside Silverton. San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad said he ran into...

DATE: July 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Couple requires rescue after becoming stuck in Animas River

A Florida couple who recently moved to Durango required rescue this week after becoming stuck while attempting to cross the Animas River in Silverton. San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad said the...

DATE: July 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vehicle allows faster rescue in backcountry north of Durango

Search and rescue crews in Southwest Colorado have a new toy to aid missions deep in the backcountry, and this one is tailored to ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks. As...

DATE: June 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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