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Tracking lightning, from sky to the ground

Lightning is the No. 1 cause of wildfire ignitions in Southwest Colorado. But when a lightning bolt strikes in the vast expanse of the San Juan Mountains, how do fire agencies know how to track it...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

DeGette to host Cortez forum on wilderness bill

Congresswoman Diana DeGette, D-Denver, will visit Cortez for the first time Monday to discuss her proposed Colorado Wilderness Act of 2019 . DeGette will host a community forum from 5 p.m. to 6:30...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mobile home park’s sewage lagoon still seeping into Lightner Creek

Issues with Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park’s sewage pond, which has been seeping raw wastewater into its namesake creek for more than 10 years, have still not been fixed, state officials said this...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Outdoors industry taps into Southern Ute methane capture project

When Wyoming-based and California-based organizations decided to reduce their carbon footprints, they turned to the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s methane capture project to balance their...

DATE: July 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan County sheriff cracks down on illegal off-roading

San Juan County’s sheriff is cracking down on illegal off-roading in the high country around Silverton. “If you can’t properly use your toys in San Juan County, we’re going to take your toys away...

DATE: July 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public can comment on proposed expansion of Hesperus coal mine

A coal mine in La Plata County is one step closer to expanding operations for at least another 20 years. Preparing for its coal reserves to run out, GCC Energy, which has operated the King II coal...

DATE: July 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Conservation groups challenge road access for Village at Wolf Creek

A coalition of environmental groups Tuesday filed a challenge of the U.S. Forest Service’s approval last year to grant road access to the Village at Wolf Creek, a decision that ultimately paves the...

DATE: May 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA finalizes action plan for Silverton-area Superfund

The Environmental Protection Agency’s quick-action plan to clean up mine sites in the Superfund area around Silverton in the next five years was approved and finalized Thursday, and work is...

DATE: May 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service sued over decision to use chain saws in wilderness areas

A coalition of conservation groups has sued the U.S. Forest Service for its recent decision to allow chain saws for trail work in two wilderness areas in Southwest Colorado. The Forest Service...

DATE: May 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Great Old Broads tackle weeds at Boggy Draw near Dolores

Thanks to the Montezuma County Chapter of Great Old Broads for Wilderness, there are fewer noxious weeds on Maverick Trail in the Boggy Draw area above Dolores. For the past two years, the group...

DATE: May 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Protesters march to White Mesa uranium mill

Fifty anti-nuclear activists including Ute Mountain Ute tribal members showed up Saturday for a 5-mile protest march to the entrance of the White Mesa uranium mill in southeast Utah. The...

DATE: May 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

In beetle-kill forests, there are winners and losers

When it comes to how wildlife adjust to living in forests ravaged by the beetle outbreak in Colorado, there are winners and losers, according to new research. The mountain pine and spruce beetle...

DATE: May 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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