Illegal campfires plague San Juan National Forest

Illegal campfires have been a constant issue in the San Juan National Forest in recent weeks, elevating concerns about potential wildfire during a time of extreme drought. Current restrictions ban...

DATE: June 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

78-year-old hiker rescued after falling 20 feet in backcountry

Emergency responders successfully rescued a 78-year-old man Wednesday after he fell 20 feet while hiking in the backcountry off U.S. Highway 550 in San Juan County. San Juan County Search and...

DATE: June 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire restrictions remain in place for San Juan National Forest

Fire restrictions remain in place on all National Forest System lands within the San Juan National Forest, including wilderness. Forest visitors are prohibited from igniting, building, maintaining,...

DATE: June 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Woman suffers burns in camper explosion on San Juan National Forest

A woman suffered serious burns last week from an explosion in her camper parked on the San Juan National Forest near Mancos, the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office said. The woman, who is from...

DATE: May 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Heat wave to hit Southwest Colorado on Wednesday

A heat wave is expected to hit Southwest Colorado on Wednesday, which will likely exacerbate already high fire danger conditions. Megan Stackhouse, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service...

DATE: May 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan National Forest opens some camps before Memorial Day weekend

The San Juan National Forest will start to reopen campgrounds before Memorial Day weekend. According to a news release issued Wednesday, “several developed recreation sites” will open Friday....

DATE: May 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

On top of extreme drought, firefighters face new challenge: COVID-19

As if Southwest Colorado’s extreme drought wasn’t enough to raise concerns about a potentially destructive wildfire season, the added complications of the coronavirus have only fueled that anxiety....

DATE: May 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Opening of McPhee and House Creek boat ramps delayed

The opening of the McPhee and House Creek boat ramps has been delayed until June 1 to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Hand-launched non-motorized and non-trailered watercraft are allowed to launch...

DATE: April 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How has San Juan County remained COVID-free?

San Juan County remains one of eight counties in Colorado that has not reported a single positive case of the coronavirus, in part because it limited access to the outside world. “Our reputation...

DATE: April 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Opening date for McPhee boat ramp delayed

The McPhee Reservoir boating season has been delayed to minimize the impact and spread of the novel coronavirus. The McPhee boat ramp’s opening date has been pushed to May 1, according to the San...

DATE: April 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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 | 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

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