McPhee Reservoir

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A tribute to John Porter

When I first met John Porter in 1980, he had just taken the reins as manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District. In retrospect, without John’s interpersonal and diplomatic skills, the...

DATE: March 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Forecast points to a long Dolores River rafting season

An epic boating season on the Lower Dolores River is starting to shape up, thanks to above-normal snowpack in the San Juan Mountains. The most probable runoff forecast shows inflow of 440,000...

DATE: March 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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County has precedent for taking over Sage Hen area

In an effort to boost the local outdoor recreation economy, Montezuma County commissioners want to obtain ownership of the roughly 800-acre Sage Hen area on McPhee Reservoir from the San Juan...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Rafting season looks likely for Lower Dolores River

The drought is over, and the area is looking good for the 2017 water season, Dolores Water Conservancy District Engineer Ken Curtis told Southwest Colorado Livestock Association members at their...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Montezuma County lobbies to reopen Sage Hen campground

Tucked into a secluded cove of McPhee Reservoir lies the once-popular Sage Hen area of the San National Forest.But since it was closed to camping in 2006, the recreation area near Dolores has lost...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Fear of invasive mussel spreads to two Cortez-area reservoirs

Managers of Groundhog and Narraguinnep reservoirs are considering controlling boat access to prevent contamination of the troublesome quagga and zebra mussels. The lakes are owned by the Montezuma...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Dolores River Basin analyzed for fire risk

Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service specialists recommend mitigation measures to counter the risk of fire in the Dolores River Basin, including Dolores and West Fork. “We’ve mapped...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Winter snowpack above average

Above-average snowpack in the Dolores Basin bodes well for McPhee Reservoir, farmers and recreational boaters on the Lower Dolores River. Snotels in the basin show snowpack at 132 percent of the...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Business owners critical of McPhee plan

A plan by McPhee Reservoir managers to block lake access when boat inspectors are absent would hurt the local economy, business owners said Monday. David Smith, of McPhee Boat Rentals, and Tom...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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McElmo Flume stands as monument to pioneer ingenuity

The historic McElmo Creek Flume has officially been consecrated as a monument to pioneer ingenuity and early water development just off U.S. Highway 160 east of Cortez.The project is the...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

Restrictions at McPhee Overlook Trail start Dec. 1

The Journal Annual seasonal trail-use restrictions for the new McPhee Overlook Trail No. 155 will go into effect on Thursday, Dec. 1 to protect critical winter habitat for deer and elk. The 1-mile...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Invasive mussels’ risk limits access on McPhee

New gates on McPhee Reservoir boat ramps will be installed this year to help control access and prevent an invasive mussel contamination, managers said Monday. But at least one recreation business...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news