Position: Herald staff writer

BLM undecided on Chaco Canyon oil and gas lease sale

A May 5 deadline to determine whether to postpone an oil and gas lease sale on sacred land near Chaco Canyon passed without a decision, and agency officials said there’s some leeway on a final...

DATE: May 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Response to Superfund is thin despite early frenzy

Halfway through a public comment period, a mere five short responses have been posted regarding the proposed Superfund designation for the mining district north of Silverton. On Aug. 5, 2015, the...

DATE: May 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bennet touts conservation during walk on Durango trail

Sen. Michael Bennet walked the Animas River Trail on Thursday, enjoying the sunshine and sights made possible by a fund he and other senators saved from extinction last month. “There’s not a...

DATE: May 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Are bear resistant cans working?

When grizzly bears in Montana can’t break into bear-resistant trash cans, yet black bears in Durango can, it raises the question – what’s going on here? Bryan Peterson, executive director of the...

DATE: April 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

CDOT’s force behind Road to Nowhere resigning

When longtime employees retire, they usually impart words of wisdom or tricks of the trade to their successors. For retiring Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks, she...

DATE: April 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo paintings reflect Gold Mine spill

Navajo artist Venaya Yazzie wrote the Diné expression – Tó éí ííná – beside a photograph of a friend sullenly looking out on the tainted San Juan River in the days after the Gold King Mine spill. ...

DATE: April 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Arts and Entertainment

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

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