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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 | UPDATED: 2 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Citing health order, San Juan County sheriff says he can close backcountry

It may not be a popular decision for backcountry skiers and snowmobilers feeling cooped up during the coronavirus outbreak, but it does appear San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad has the legal...

DATE: March 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango garden club beautifies burn scar to celebrate 80th anniversary

The Garden Club of Durango celebrated its 80th anniversary Monday by funding 400 seedlings in the 416 Fire burn scar through the U.S. Forest Service Plant-a-Tree program. The garden club,...

DATE: March 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

Beetle infestation slows in Southwest Colorado, but only for lack of trees

After more than two decades, beetle kill across Southwest Colorado is finally showing signs of slowing down, but that’s only because most trees at risk have fallen prey to the massive outbreak, a...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Southwest Colorado firefighters head to Australia to help

As wildfires rage in Australia, firefighters from Southwest Colorado are stepping up to help. Since fire season began in Australia in late July, the country has been ravaged by the worst wildfires...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest restoration project could bolster timber industry

A new project to improve the health of 750,000 acres of forest in Southwest Colorado could open new opportunities for the timber industry to harvest more wood and use it in nontraditional ways. ...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge’s recommendation: Lawsuit against D&SNG for 416 Fire costs should proceed

In what could be a blow to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a federal judge has recommended a district court throw out the train’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which the U.S....

DATE: Dec. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado chosen for $50 million forest project

Southwest Colorado has been chosen for $50 million in additional funding for expanded forest health and wildfire mitigation efforts on public and private land. The newly formed Rocky Mountain...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Forest bans hikers from groomed ski trails at Chicken Creek

Hiking will not be allowed on groomed trails at the Chicken Creek ski area this winter, after an order was issued this month by the San Juan National Forest Dolores Ranger District. The order will...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New owner sheds light on plans for recently purchased Animas Valley property

A prime piece of undeveloped property in the Animas Valley previously owned by the U.S. Forest Service sold for nearly $1.7 million this summer, but don’t expect to see bulldozers and construction...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

As Forest Service budget shrinks, Durango nonprofit steps up

With the U.S. Forest Service’s budget cut in recent years, and an increasing need for routine maintenance projects on public lands, a local group in Durango is stepping up to help out. “We’ve seen...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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