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Environmental concerns realized at New Mexico well-site fire

A recent fire at an oil production site in New Mexico provided environmental advocacy groups with fodder for a long-standing argument: Federal agencies must weigh all impacts of mineral extraction...

DATE: July 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

THC found in pilot who crashed WWII plane in 2014

Levels of marijuana above the legal driving limit were found in the blood of a Durango pilot who crashed a World War II aircraft on July 4, 2014, killing two, a recently-released investigation...

DATE: July 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

XTO Energy fined $10,000 for March spill

XTO Energy Inc. was fined $10,000 on Tuesday for a spill in March that sent at least 70 barrels of produced water from natural gas drilling into Lone Hollow Creek, about 12 miles east of Durango....

DATE: July 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Ignacio oil operator cited for pipeline that leaked into Ute Creek

An oil and gas company in La Plata County has been accused of not fixing a pipeline that leaked an unknown amount of chemicals into Ute Creek – a tributary of the Los Pinos River – earlier this...

DATE: July 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Cool, wet weather forecast this week for Montezuma County

Latest weather predictions for the Four Corners show the recent hot, dry spell will snap this week, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast for Montezuma County includes a chance...

DATE: July 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drones give conservationists an aerial edge

Imagine this: You’ve spent all day trudging up Windom Peak in the high, hot summer sun, and finally, you’ve summited your first Fourteener. And then, with taunting ease, a drone buzzes by. For...

DATE: July 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Picking up a wild fawn can be a kiss of death

Wildlife officials euthanized a baby deer Saturday after someone who thought it was abandoned put the animal in their car and took it to the Humane Society, effectively signing its “death...

DATE: July 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Comments show overwhelming support for Superfund

The public comment period for the proposed Superfund designation north of Silverton closed June 13, and while it has taken a few weeks for responses to filter in, one thing is abundantly clear:...

DATE: July 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Towering wind turbines generate controversy, income in Monticello, Utah

It was nearly two decades in the making, yet took just a couple months to build, changing the landscape of the Southeast Utah high desert, and altering the culture of a small rural town. “What’s...

DATE: July 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA’s Gold King point man to retire

Steve Way, the Environmental Protection Agency’s on-scene coordinator for activities around the Gold King Mine, has retired, the federal agency confirmed last week. Way spent 32 years working for...

DATE: June 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Long-term campers in San Juan Mountains spur campground closures

Another cluster of campgrounds in the San Juan National Forest faces a ban on overnight camping because a handful of individuals have taken up residence there and trashed the place. “People are...

DATE: June 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

After dam release, river runs through the Lower Dolores

The opening of the lower Dolores River for the first time in five years was a joyous occasion for boaters who could swing the impromptu release. However, it was also a sober realization that...

DATE: June 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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