Environmental issue

Forest travel plan released for Rico-West Dolores

A new travel plan for the Rico-West Dolores area of the San Juan National Forest reduces single-track motorcycle access in order to benefit wildlife habitat, hunters and quiet recreation users. But...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Local master leasing plan never received final approval

A master leasing plan to further regulate oil and gas in Southwest Colorado has not been approved by the federal government, despite an announcement in December that it was, according to officials...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

In the Southwest, a sustainable breed of cattle

With the recent drought in the West, ranchers might be forced to find more sustainable options. And some researchers are looking to a breed of cattle from the past to find the answers. Jon and...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

How a potato helped the Four Corners survive climate shifts

Between 7,000 and 9,000 years ago – during the middle Holocene – the Four Corners area went through a slow but dramatic climatic shift. As the region became hotter and drier, stream and lake levels...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

U.S. department likely to rescind plan for region’s oil and gas

A new directive by the U.S. Department of Interior jeopardizes a pending master leasing plan in Southwest Colorado that would scrutinize oil and gas development near Mesa Verde National Park. In...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tipton tours McPhee area with Montezuma County officials

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, was brought up to speed on issues at Sage Hen and House Creek during a tour Friday with Montezuma County and San Juan National Forest Service officials. Tipton saw...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Enviros and San Miguel County sue to protect sage grouse

Three environmental groups, along with San Miguel County, have filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management alleging improper approval of oil and gas lease sales near the threatened...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Study: Climate change is transforming local forests

In the past 20 years, Southwest Colorado forests have been in the line of fire of insect epidemic and disease. The pattern is a clue of a drying climate that could produce a much different...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Prescribed burn planned for Lone Mesa

In an effort to improve deer and elk habitat, and to reduce the buildup of fuels on the ground, Colorado Parks and Wildlife plans to conduct a controlled burn on Lone Mesa State Park in the...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposed Hovenweep drilling criticized for harm to views, night sky

New drilling rigs and oil and gas infrastructure could sprout within sight of Hovenweep National Monument, according to a proposed March lease sale issued by a Utah office of the Bureau of Land...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Monuments report challenges limits of protections

In late August, Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted a report detailing the results of his review of 27 national monuments to the White House. Zinke’s suggestions, kept secret at the...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

A new balance: The undoing of Obama’s environmental policy

The Trump administration has been steadily undoing environmental protections established by the Obama administration. Rules designed to fight climate change have been especially targeted. Many such...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News