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Animas River appears to have hit all-time low

The Animas River appears to have hit an all-time low. For the past week or so, the river in Durango has registered the lowest flows ever recorded at a water-level gauge, which has been in operation...

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

Vallecito Creek receives water rights protections

Water rights have been secured to protect fish and other aquatic life on a stretch of Vallecito Creek, northeast of Durango. The Division Seven Water Court last week issued a decree to the...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

After years of drought, Colorado water bosses face uncertainty

On June 1, a spark near the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad ignited a flame in the Animas River gorge north of Durango. The fire would burn for weeks, torching more than 55,000 acres and...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Santa Rita wastewater-treatment plant releasing higher quality water

The quality of the water flowing into the Animas River from the wastewater-treatment plant in Santa Rita Park has improved this summer, a shift required by the state that can prevent harmful algae...

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

Hot, dry summer calls for wise watering

Colorado has faced higher-than-normal temperatures this summer, with several fires burning and severe fire restrictions declared statewide. The hot weather is anticipated to continue into...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Sewer repairs along U.S. Highway 550/160 could take days

A manhole on U.S. Highway 550/160 near Santa Rita Park partially collapsed on a sewer pipe midday Friday causing sewage to spill over the highway, the Animas River Trail and some made its way to...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Reservoir levels in Southwest Colorado hit 16-year low

The drought and paltry winter snowpack are wreaking havoc on water supplies for reservoirs and irrigators in Southwest Colorado. Narraguinnep and Groundhog reservoirs are at their lowest levels in...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Parks and Wildlife to conduct work in Hermosa Creek

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will conduct treatment, as part of an initiative to restore native Colorado River cutthroat trout populations in the Hermosa Creek area, Tuesday and Wednesday to...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rural La Plata County residents in a pinch for water

Residents in rural La Plata County are feeling the pinch of Durango’s decision to cut off new customers at its water dock. “The urban communities that have water docks, in my opinion, have a...

DATE: July 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Red Mesa Reservoir must make improvements or face demolition

RED MESA The clock is ticking for managers at Red Mesa Reservoir who have six years to raise millions of dollars for state-ordered repairs to prevent the dam’s demolition. “It’s going to be a...

DATE: July 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lake Nighthorse water makes it to western La Plata County

The long-awaited vision of Lake Nighthorse supplying water to the parched, water-strapped western part of La Plata County is finally coming to fruition. This spring, a pipeline was completed that...

DATE: July 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Code violations delay opening of Mancos RV park

In a lengthy meeting on Wednesday, the Mancos Town Board voted to extend a development agreement with the owner of an RV park originally scheduled to open July 4. The town board approved a...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

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