California agencies at odds over Colorado River drought plan

PHOENIX – A major Southern California water agency is trying to push the state through a final hurdle in joining a larger plan to preserve a key river in the U.S. West that serves 40 million...

DATE: March 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Report: Dolores water plants aging, but in good shape

The Dolores water and sewer systems are older but in good standing, according to a recent analysis by engineering firm SGM. Areas that need improvement were identified, and savings are needed to...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Democrats could break longtime logjams at state Capitol

The 2019 Colorado legislative session could break years of stalemate on controversial topics like health care and energy as Democratic lawmakers wield a power trifecta, giving them control of the...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Home sales to require septic inspections in La Plata and Archuleta counties

Homeowners who want to sell their property will be required to have their septic system inspected starting Jan. 1. The inspections required by San Juan Basin Public Health are intended to protect...

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

Feds set urgent deadline on Colorado River drought plan

LAS VEGAS – Reforming western water policy has always been an exercise in political maneuvering, stop-and-start negotiations and bureaucratic delays. Progress comes slowly and often reluctantly – a...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Montezuma County stirs debate over water, drought planning

A concern that agricultural water supplies in McPhee Reservoir could be unfairly threatened under a proposed Colorado drought plan has prompted the Montezuma County Board of Commissioners to...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ceremony celebrates revival of the McElmo Creek Flume

The 128-year-old McElmo Creek Flume – a relic of pioneer ingenuity that operated until 1991 – was nearly swept away by flood waters in 2006. But today, the historic irrigation structure stands...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Denver suburb taps into inactive gold mine for water supply

AURORA – A Denver suburb has finalized an unusual deal to acquire water from an inactive gold mine. Aurora city officials said Friday the $34 million deal gives the city the rights to about 1,400...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Rep. Marc Catlin easily defeats Cagin for Colorado House 58 seat

Republican Rep. Marc Catlin, of Montrose, has been elected to represent the 58th District House of Representative seat in the Colorado Legislature. Districtwide, he got 62.97 percent of the vote...

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

Ban on uranium mining outside Grand Canyon intact

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an Obama-era ban on new uranium mining around Grand Canyon National Park, but the Trump administration could lift it. The 2012 Northern Arizona Mineral Withdrawal...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Area reservoirs, at historic lows, rebounding with October rains

Turns out, despite years of devastating drought in Southwest Colorado, it doesn’t take too long for the region’s reservoirs to replenish. In 1977, Southwest Colorado’s third lowest water year in...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

In western La Plata County, tap water may soon flow

BREEN – The vision of taking water out of the Animas River and delivering it to homes in western La Plata County, known for its lack of available water, is inching closer to reality. Residents on...

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

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