San Juan National Forest

416 Fire investigation taking ‘longer than expected,’ Forest Service says

The investigation into the cause of the 416 Fire is taking “longer than expected,” a spokeswoman with the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday. Denise Alonzo, who recently took on the job of...

DATE: March 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Logging, thinning plan for Dolores District is released

The San Juan National Forest is seeking public comment on a proposed logging and forest restoration project northwest of Dolores and east of Dove Creek. The draft environmental assessment for the...

DATE: March 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Federal public land offices reopen in Dolores

On Monday, the Dolores Public Lands Office and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument Visitor Center and Museum reopened. Since Dec. 22, when the partial federal shutdown began, about 50 staff...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drought level drops a notch for Montezuma County

A drop in drought intensity for Montezuma County, combined with mountain snowpack tracking near 100 percent of average, bodes well for the 2019 irrigation season. The Four Corners has been the...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Avalanche advisory in effect until Monday night

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued a “special avalanche advisory” in effect for the Colorado mountains through 8 p.m. Monday. “Since January 11, the CAIC has documented 10 people...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can wild bighorns, domestic sheep coexist in Weminuche Wilderness?

For more than six years, the U.S. Forest Service has wrestled with whether to continue to allow domestic sheep grazing in the Weminuche Wilderness, despite the risk it poses to the wild bighorn....

DATE: Dec. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Applicants sought for Montezuma County recreation committee

Montezuma County is accepting applications for the Montezuma County Recreation Advisory Committee. The committee will advise the Montezuma County Board of Commissioners on the planning,...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

How to hunt for your Christmas tree in the national forest

Your Christmas tree is out there – waiting for you in the forest. A journey on a cold afternoon to find that prize is an annual ritual for many people in Southwest Colorado. The San Juan National...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Dolores residents, businesses get wildfire analysis

How safe is your home or business from being damaged or destroyed by a nearby wildfire? The issue became pertinent this year for Dolores locals when the Plateau Fire came within 6 miles of town. To...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rico-West Dolores travel plan gains another lawsuit

A travel management plan recently approved by the San Juan National Forest for the Dolores Valley now faces a second lawsuit – this time from environmentalists and Dunton Hot Springs. The Rico-West...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Road to monument ruins closed because it crosses private land

A road to popular ruins on two local national monuments has been closed while officials seek an alternative access point that avoids private property. It was discovered in July that Bureau of Land...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Missing hunters found unharmed in Bear Creek area

The Montezuma County Sheriff United Search and Rescue team and mounted patrol units were called in to rescue three missing hunters in the Bear Creek area on Oct 22. The hunters, who are from...

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

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