Land use

October test shows no mussels at McPhee; recreation impacted

A coalition of local government agencies that formed to prevent an invasive mussel contamination at McPhee Reservoir can claim victory in its first year. A test in October showed no sign of the...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

A BLM and county parking solution for Sand Canyon?

A combined effort by Canyons of the Ancients Monument and Montezuma County could boost parking at the Sand Canyon trailhead from the current 20 spots to up to 60. There is a dire need for...

DATE: Nov. 12, 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

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

County holds meeting on Sand Canyon parking

The Montezuma County commission will hold a neighborhood meeting on a plan to expand parking for the Sand Canyon trail on Nov. 6 at 1:45 p.m. The meeting will be held at the site of a new BLM...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public access to land near Summit Lake hits snag

Access to public lands south of Summit Lake could be blocked by a 2-foot-wide strip of private land, officials learned Monday. The Bureau of Land Management and Montezuma County have been...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New public roads trigger lawsuit against county

When Montezuma County commissioners approved public roads at a Summit Lake West subdivision for access to Bureau of Land Management land, it put an unfair maintenance burden on residents, according...

DATE: Oct. 20, 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

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

Future of closed Dolores playground hinges on engineer’s inspection

Whether the recently closed playground at Joe Rowell Park in Dolores should be restored or replaced depends on the conclusions of an upcoming inspection, the town board said Monday during a...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos farm’s agritourism plan needs further review

A proposal by Green Table Farm near Mancos to hold events hit a snag in the Montezuma County planning commission on Sept. 14. Farm owner Tyler Hoyt is seeking a high-impact permit and special use...

DATE: Sept. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News