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San Juan National Forest

J. Paul Brown to reduce sheep herd amid disease concerns for bighorns

A conservation group has bought out one of Ignacio rancher J. Paul Brown’s grazing allotments in the Weminuche Wilderness to reduce the risk his sheep pose to native bighorns, but critics say the...

DATE: March 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowboarder triggers avalanche, suffers serious injuries

A snowboarder in his 30s was seriously injured after triggering an avalanche in the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains, requiring more than three dozen emergency personnel to be pulled away from...

DATE: March 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Citing health order, San Juan County sheriff says he can close backcountry

It may not be a popular decision for backcountry skiers and snowmobilers feeling cooped up during the coronavirus outbreak, but it does appear San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad has the legal...

DATE: March 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango garden club beautifies burn scar to celebrate 80th anniversary

The Garden Club of Durango celebrated its 80th anniversary Monday by funding 400 seedlings in the 416 Fire burn scar through the U.S. Forest Service Plant-a-Tree program. The garden club,...

DATE: March 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton to Dolores: Be wary of allowing OHVs on town streets

During a crowded forum in Dolores, panel of Silverton officials presented pros and cons of allowing off-highway vehicle use in town. Dolores voters will decide in the April 7 election whether to...

DATE: March 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Public fears billionaire’s influence in land swap near Pagosa Springs

A proposed land exchange between wealthy property owners near Pagosa Springs and the U.S. Forest Service seems like a foregone conclusion, according to nearly 3,000 people who submitted public...

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

Durango outdoor education nonprofits merge, plan to expand services

Two longstanding Durango nonprofits known for connecting people with the outdoors have merged in an attempt to have a broader reach across Southwest Colorado. The San Juan Mountains Association –...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Colorado wildlife officials seek solution as elk herds decline

Hunters in Southwest Colorado say fewer elk and too many hunters in the forest ruined their favorite outdoor experience, so Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking solutions. At the Dolores...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

What to do about Southwest Colorado’s ailing elk herds?

A series of public meetings in coming weeks will look at how to handle Southwest Colorado’s declining and ailing elk herd populations. Every 10 years or so, Colorado Parks and Wildlife revises its...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Beetle infestation slows in Southwest Colorado, but only for lack of trees

After more than two decades, beetle kill across Southwest Colorado is finally showing signs of slowing down, but that’s only because most trees at risk have fallen prey to the massive outbreak, a...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Weak snowpack blamed for uptick in avalanches started by backcountry travelers

Skiers and snowmobilers have triggered six avalanches in the past week or so across the San Juan Mountains as deteriorating snow conditions have upped the chances of starting a slide. According to...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado firefighters head to Australia to help

As wildfires rage in Australia, firefighters from Southwest Colorado are stepping up to help. Since fire season began in Australia in late July, the country has been ravaged by the worst wildfires...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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