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Firefighters brace for second hot, windy day at Lightner Creek Fire

A fast-moving wildfire torched 100 acres and led to the evacuation of 170 homes Wednesday west of Durango, and firefighters braced for another tough day on Thursday. Smoke billowed above the hills...

DATE: June 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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140 homes evacuated, apartment dwellers on pre-evac status

UPDATE: Evacuation center – 9 p.m. More than 100 people checked in to the evacuation center at the La Plata County Fairgrounds Wednesday evening, Red Cross volunteer Anita Phillips said. By...

DATE: June 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Water leak on Colorado 145 prompts traffic concerns

A broken irrigation pipe is causing water to spill across Colorado Highway 145 near the Fairway Drive intersection in Cortez, Department of Transportation officials say. Michael McVaugh, CDOT’s...

DATE: June 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Ute Mountain Utes to build $2 million solar farm

A hayfield near Towaoc will soon be transformed into a 1 megawatt solar array, thanks to a $973,000 grant from the Department of Energy and a $1 million match from the Ute Mountain Ute tribe. The...

DATE: June 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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New health care act would harm farmers and ranchers

Facing stiff Republican opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday delayed a vote on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act as several Republicans cast doubt on whether...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Callers voice health care, business, opioid concerns in Tipton town hall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, addressed concerned listeners on multiple issues during a telephone town hall Monday evening. Most callers said they were worried about potential...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Mesa Verde wheels out a meaty Spruce Tree BBQ for summer

Fans of smoked meats and hearty sides now have one more reason to tour Mesa Verde National Park this summer.The Spruce Tree BBQ has reopened on the Spruce Tree Terrace, about 20 miles inside the...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

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McPhee Reservoir experiences big gain in traffic

McPhee Reservoir is seeing increased use this summer because of decreased opportunities for motorized boating on other Southwest Colorado reservoirs that have been closed to guard against the...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Lightning fire in San Juan Forest grows to 5 acres

A small wildfire in a remote section of the San Juan National Forest near the Divide Road (564) has burned five acres and triggered road and trail closures. The 412 Fire was reported on June 23 by...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Neighbors clash over a Colorado chicken farm

After years of wrangling and weeks of trial, a jury says a huge chicken farm can stay put in western Colorado. This complicated trespass case pitted Susan Raymond, a local veterinarian, against her...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Energy Office funding cut reveals split on state vision

DENVER – Funding for the Colorado Energy Office was cut off recently – but not for budget reasons. Instead, it was about the vision for the office. The Energy Office is an executive office...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Water experts prepare for state population boom

WASHINGTON, D.C. – If population projections for Colorado and the region are on target, water supplies could be a critical issue by mid-century, experts say.Montezuma County’s population is...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News