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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 will revisit whether to allow e-bikes on trails

An order by the Department of the Interior to ease restrictions on electric bikes is prompting the city of Durango to re-examine its cycling rules. The order redefines e-bikes as “bicycles” and...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Department of Interior exempts electric bikes from motorized category

A new federal policy intends to open access to electric bicycles on traditional biking trails within lands managed by the U.S. Department of Interior, according to a recent order from Interior...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man accused of trying to kill cattle signs plea agreement

Exactly two years to the day, the saga of a Durango man accused of trying to kill cattle after he closed the gate to a corral in southeastern Utah has reached a resolution. Mark Franklin, 63, faced...

DATE: April 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire danger prompts BLM to close public lands around Durango

The Bureau of Land Management has enacted Stage 3 fire restrictions in La Plata County, effectively closing some of the last open public lands around Durango in response to the extremely high fire...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Quiet lake’ supporters concerned Lake Nighthorse rules predetermined

As the opening day for Lake Nighthorse approaches, residents who support a quiet lake are concerned Durango city officials have already made decisions, making the latest round of public-input...

DATE: March 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County businesses join public lands petition

Two Montezuma County businesses have joined a petition to Congress by outdoor retailers to keep protections in place for public lands. Mancos’ Alpacka Rafts and Cortez’s Osprey Packs are among...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tribes united on restoring Bears Ears National Monument during testimony to Congress

During a U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C., local Native American tribes voiced unanimous opposition to a bill that replaces Bears Ears National Monument...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County activists protest shrinking of monuments

Members of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness and other activist groups gathered at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument on Saturday to protest the shrinking of another monument. The rally at...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Canyons cleared: Local monument is safe, but review process has a harmful hidden agenda

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced officially what he said informally a few weeks ago: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument has survived the review process intact. That decision is...

DATE: July 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Interior head suggests reducing Bears Ears National Monument

WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday recommended that the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be reduced in size and said Congress should step in to designate how selected...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

America last: Trump’s actions leave U.S. behind, dismiss input and risk public resources

It is all quite shocking. By withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, President Trump dismissed the advice of his daughter Ivanka, Secretary of State Tillerson and business leaders from Apple,...

DATE: June 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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