United States Forest Service

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 | UPDATED: 1 day 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Taxpayers pay half the costs when Durango-Silverton train starts fires

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s coal-burning locomotives have a long history of starting wildfires on public lands, with about half the firefighting costs falling on the taxpayers....

DATE: Dec. 12, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 3 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Developers of Village at Wolf Creek take another hit in attempt to reinstate land swap

An appeals court Tuesday dismissed the latest attempt from the would-be developers of the Village at Wolf Creek to throw out a federal judge’s ruling that a land exchange to give the proposed...

DATE: Dec. 11, 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

Six months later, no cause released for 416 Fire

Six months later, and no official cause of the 416 Fire has been announced. Saturday will officially mark six months since June 1, the start of the 416 Fire, which burned 54,000 acres north of...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Alaska land act could determine fate of Village at Wolf Creek

What has been lauded as one of the most important pieces of legislation protecting the environment is now being used to pave the way for a proposed resort atop Wolf Creek Pass in Southwest...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Forest Service dismisses Village at Wolf Creek concerns

The U.S. Forest Service has dismissed objections raised over the Village at Wolf Creek and intends to give road access to the developer of the proposed project atop Wolf Creek Pass. In July, the...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildlife officials will try to track bighorn sheep in Weminuche

Wildlife officials will take to the air this week to gain a better understanding of the bighorn sheep as part of a five-year study. “We don’t know a lot about how these bighorns use the landscape,”...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

416 Fire did not burn at as high intensity as thought

A new study of the 416 Fire burn scar found the fire, which ripped through the San Juan National Forest this summer, did not burn at such a high severity as previously thought. In July, the U.S....

DATE: Nov. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Historic wagon road revived in Hermosa Creek area

With the popular 18-mile Hermosa Creek Trail closed for the foreseeable future because of damage from the 416 Fire, efforts are afoot to restore and make new trails in the recreational area north...

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

Nearly half of the Nordic skiing trails at Vallecito Reservoir could remain closed this winter

Nearly half the Nordic skiing trails at Vallecito Reservoir are expected to remain closed this winter until issues lingering from last year over user fees can be resolved. “We were hoping to get it...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drought won’t stop snowmaking at Purgatory Resort

Despite a drought year for the record books, Purgatory Resort expects to have enough water for snowmaking this season. “We’re actually looking pretty good,” said Sam Williams, head of mountain...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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