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Supporters of Sagehen camping encounter a new test

It may take more than a routine archaeology survey and volunteer efforts to reopen the Sagehen recreation area to overnight camping. Since June, advocates have been pushing for re-establishing...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Utes take on environmental issues

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has embarked on a cleanup mission, demolishing long-abandoned buildings in Towaoc and addressing a problematic old landfill. Under the tribe’s brownfields program, five...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lone Mesa continues planning

Purchased in 1999 for about $6 million and opened for limited hunting in 2002, Lone Mesa State Park has yet to open to the general public, but that is still the intent, officials report. Park...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain lion mysteries revealed

They are not really true lions and are more closely related to cheetahs. They are the second-largest wildcat in the Americas, bowing to the very rare jaguar. Their existence 15,000 years ago in...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Living

Water board chips in for McElmo Flume

The McElmo Flume restoration project gained some traction recently when the Southwestern Water Conservation District board agreed to contribute $15,000 in matching funds pending approval of a...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

My big cat moments

During my tenure in Dolores, I've had three close encounters with wild felines. Once, three blue-eyed bobcat kittens graced my presence during an early morning bike ride. On another foray, I caught...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: DS - News

Mountain lion mysteries revealed

They are not really true lions and are more closely related to cheetahs. They are the second-largest wildcat in the Americas, bowing to the very rare jaguar. Their existence 15,000 years ago in...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2014 | CATEGORY: DS - News

2014 town budget passes

The Dolores Board of Trustees has approved the 2014 budget. The budget is arranged into four funds: the general fund, street fund, water enterprise, and sewer enterprise. Total estimated 2014...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News

Bird count deemed a soaring success

A blue-bird Colorado sky provided apropo conditions for the annual Cortez Audubon Christmas bird count on Dec. 26. Two dozen bird-watchers, from novice to expert, gathered in the early morning...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Feds delay decision to protect wolverine

A 40-pound bundle of fur, teeth and tenacity has returned to its home range in Colorado. Now the US Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the seldom seen North American wolverine under the...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Yellow-billed cuckoo considered for protection in Four Corners

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to list the western distinct population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2013 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sagehen camping battle faces more hurdles

It may take more than a routine archaeology survey and volunteer efforts to re-open the sagehen recreation area to overnight camping, forest service officials recently revealed. Since June...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2013 | CATEGORY: DS - News