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Burn-out operations increase fire to 407 acres in HD Mountains

Weather conditions on Thursday allowed U.S. Forest Service crews to burn 370 acres in the HD Mountains near Chimney Rock National Monument, which brought the 842 Fire to a total of 407 acres...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2017 | UPDATED: 4 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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Lightning strike starts small wildfire in Beaver Meadows

A lightning strike started a small wildfire between Bayfield and Yellow Jacket Pass in the Beaver Meadows area of the San Juan National Forest, according to a news release Thursday from the U.S....

DATE: July 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Drones increasingly interfere with aerial firefighting, official says

Drones are an increasing problem at wildfires, and that proved true this week at the Lightner Creek Fire west of Durango. Air operations were grounded around sunset Wednesday because drones made...

DATE: June 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Interactive map available for Hermosa Creek management plan

New technology should help residents who want to comment on the Hermosa Creek management plan, officials with the U.S. Forest Service’s Columbine Ranger District said this week. About 15 people...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Fire crews in New Mexico brace for hot, dry weather

Smoke blanketed much of the Jemez Mountains on Friday as firefighters battled a blaze that forced evacuations and the closure of a highway through one of northern New Mexico’s popular mountain...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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Illegal mountain bike trail in Hermosa destroyed by rangers

Local volunteers helped rangers from the Columbine District of the San Juan National Forest destroy an illegal mountain bike trail southeast of the Hermosa Creek Campground. The rogue path was in...

DATE: June 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Public Lands Day: A great day to be outside, enjoy and get informed about a threat to public lands

Some Americans are not so lucky. They will never experience the majesty of the American West and the bounty and the beauty of its public lands. These lands and the waters that flow through them...

DATE: May 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Federal judge halts Village at Wolf Creek land swap

In a significant win for opponents of the Village at Wolf Creek, a federal judge on Friday invalidated the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to approve a land exchange that would have essentially...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Public comment begins for BP project near Sauls Creek

A 30-day public comment period started Thursday on a proposal from BP American Production Company to conduct horizontal drilling operations in an area east of Bayfield. According to a U.S. Forest...

DATE: April 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Lemon Dam bans motorized boats for up to 3 years

Motorized boats will not be allowed on Lemon Reservoir for up to three years in an effort to protect against aquatic invasive species, which pose a risk to the city of Durango’s water supply and...

DATE: April 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Animas Canyon Toll Road gets historic designation

After years of debate, the Animas Canyon Toll Road – an historic wagon road that was the first route from Durango to Silverton – has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. “The...

DATE: April 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Six bighorns captured and tagged with GPS collars

Six wild bighorn sheep were captured and fitted with GPS tracking collars last week as wildlife researchers seek to better understand the elusive animal’s movements around the southern San Juan...

DATE: March 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News