Position: Herald staff writer

BLM admits mix-up on oil and gas sale

A voicemail from a Bureau of Land Management project manager announcing the deferral of a 2,122-acre oil and gas lease sale on sacred land near Chaco Canyon prompted environmental groups on Tuesday...

DATE: March 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dylan Redwine’s mother tells Dr. Phil of frustration with case

In a short but somber interview Tuesday on “The Dr. Phil Show,” the mother of Dylan Redwine – the 13-year-old who vanished from his father’s home in 2012 and whose remains were found seven months...

DATE: March 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Have we seen the end of El Niño?

All around Durango, the sight of hikers in short sleeves, nighttime bike riders and spring-like days in March point to one baffling question: Have we seen the end of El Niño? “That’s a heck of a...

DATE: March 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local group wins fire mitigation award

Southwest Coloradans accounted for 3 out of 12 awards handed out nationally for fire mitigation work performed in communities. The National Fire Mitigation Award is authorized by four firefighting...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM extends comment period on oil and gas lease in HD Mountains

The Bureau of Land Management on Monday granted a two-week extension for public comment on a contentious proposal to sell 6,137-acres in the HD Mountains southeast of Bayfield in an oil and gas...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Spruce Tree House closure doesn’t deter visitors

Despite the closure of one of the park’s most popular attractions, Mesa Verde National Park rangers don’t anticipate a drop in visitors to the 13th century ruins, which are a critical element to...

DATE: March 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Aztec granny leads ‘Toxic Tour of Hell’

Shirley “Sug” McNall has become the black sheep among not only her family, but also the community in which she lives, and it’s not hard to see why. Her “Toxic Tour of Hell” exposes the ugly side of...

DATE: March 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Book explores significance of rock art

For Pueblo Tribal Council member Paul Tosa, human-made markings on stone are not “rock art,” the commonly used term. Instead, he says the etchings left by his ancestors nearly 800 years ago are...

DATE: March 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Living

Driver swerves through crash scene south of Hesperus

Emergency responders had their hands full Sunday when a swerving driver passed the scene of a rollover on Colorado Highway 140 south of Hesperus. Around 12:45 p.m., an 18-year-old Hesperus woman...

DATE: March 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Values clash over grazing in Weminuche Wilderness

The first draft of a controversial study surrounding the future use of land in the Weminuche Wilderness was released last week, with Forest Service officials determining grazing will continue...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Agriculture

Crowd clearly split at BLM hearing on methane emissions

FARMINGTON – Nearly 800 people flooded the San Juan College’s Henderson Fine Arts Center auditorium Tuesday to weigh in on the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed set of regulations aimed at...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Time to update methane regs?

In the vortex of the Four Corners methane hot spot, it’s only fitting the city of Farmington will hold one of only four public hearings across the country for a proposal aimed at updating...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News