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Hickenlooper signs hemp bill into law in Cortez

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper stopped in Cortez Sunday to sign a bill protecting hemp farmers who use water stored in federal reservoirs. The bill was introduced in the state Legislature by Sen....

DATE: May 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango sewage plant project scaled back

City officials cut back plans for the wastewater-treatment plant after bids for the construction came in millions of dollars over the engineer’s estimate. The estimate for the Santa Rita Water...

DATE: May 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Southwest Colorado snowpack highest in 9 years

Snowpack across Southwest Colorado is at the highest level since 2008. The San Miguel, Mancos, Dolores, Animas, La Plata and San Juan river basins all are above 100 percent of normal snowpack,...

DATE: April 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Pro-fluoride group outpaces foes in fundraising

The passionate campaigns around fluoride in city water have sparked big spending. Durango voters are being asked April 4 to decide whether to remove fluoride from the city’s drinking water....

DATE: March 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Researchers flock to Lower Dolores for ecological studies

An army of biologists and environmentalists is descending on the Lower Dolores River to study the ecological benefits of a rare high-volume release from McPhee Dam. Biologists with Colorado Parks...

DATE: March 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Water fluoridation recognized as a great 20th century public health achievement

The August 2015 Gold King Mine spill forced the environmental health of the Animas River into harsh perspective. It was shocking to see our beloved river turn bright orange from mine discharge....

DATE: March 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Fluoride pro’s and con’s debated at Durango forum

Advocates made passionate pleas for preserving and removing fluoride from the city’s water Thursday at a League of Women forum at Durango City Hall. Jim Forleo with Clean Water Durango and Sherrod...

DATE: March 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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NASA snow study in Colorado to aid satellite development

NASA’s three-week field study of snow conditions in the Silverton and Grand Mesa areas ends Saturday, after which scientists will analyze the data in an effort to develop satellites to provide snow...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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McPhee Reservior levels look promising for boating release

The drought is over, and the 2017 water season is looking good for the region. “We’re in good shape to fill the reservoir. We’ve got enough snow on the ground,” Dolores Water Conservancy District...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Students get ‘a-ha’ moment learning how watersheds work

Escalante Middle School sixth-graders strapped on snowshoes Wednesday and hiked out from Haviland Lake to learn firsthand the workings of the Animas River watershed. “We want to help the students...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Climate study shows trouble for upper Dolores River basin

Fish habitat in the upper Dolores River basin is at risk from overall warmer weather and longer, more intense droughts, according to a long-term climate study recently released by Trout Unlimited....

DATE: Feb. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Durango voters to decide fluoride-in-water question

The community will decide whether Durango’s water should continue to be fluoridated in an April election. The Durango City Council unanimously voted to place the question on the ballot following...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News