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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

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La Plata County wants Rep. Scott Tipton to oppose bill on public lands

La Plata County commissioners and law enforcement have asked U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, to oppose a bill that would delegate responsibility for policing public lands to local agencies. On...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Future of Village at Wolf Creek awaits judge’s decision

All court filings and arguments related to a lawsuit seeking to overturn the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to green-light the proposed Village at Wolf Creek are in the hands of Senior Judge...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Colorado lawmakers ask Congress to fix wildfire funding issue

DENVER – The cost of fire suppression nationwide has nine times exceeded $1.5 billion since 2000, including reaching a high of $2.1 billion in 2015. Colorado state legislators expect the costly...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Lawmakers ask Congress to research uses of forest-fire by-product

DENVER – A resolution supporting research, development and use of biochar unanimously passed both chambers of the Colorado General Assembly this week. It will be sent to a long list of government...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Volunteer help wanted at Dolores public lands office

The Dolores public lands office is currently looking for volunteers who have interest in National Forest and Bureau of Land Management public lands in the Dolores area to provide front-desk...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Forest Service to sell Animas Valley land near Trimble

The U.S. Forest Service is set to sell 20 acres of prime undeveloped land in the Animas Valley to pay for a new office complex for the Columbine District in Bayfield. The parcel in question is...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Refuse left in wilderness a ‘never-ending’ problem

A full-size Winnebago RV, a commercial freezer with a case of beer inside, a snowmobile, a pop-up camper: All of these items and more have been left behind in the wilderness, and each year, U.S....

DATE: Oct. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Hundreds weigh in on Hermosa Creek management plan

Several hundred public comments were received regarding a resource management plan for the Hermosa Creek Watershed Management Plan, U.S. Forest Service district ranger Matt Janowiak said...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘Village at Wolf Creek’ lawsuit inches forward

A coalition of conservation groups on Thursday submitted an opening brief as part of a lawsuit that aims to stop a land exchange on Wolf Creek Pass that would allow a village with the capacity for...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Prescribed burn east of Bayfield should improve forest health

The big plume of white smoke in eastern La Plata County might be unnerving for residents, but it’s part of controlling future wildfires, as well as improving big-game habitat. That’s the message...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News