San Juan National Forest

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Montezuma County seeks balance of federal and public lands

When federal land agencies buy private land, they should offer the same amount of public lands back to the private sector, says the Montezuma County commission. Noting that the county is 26 percent...

DATE: March 24, 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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Forest Service focuses on Stoner, Taylor Mesas

The San Juan National Forest, Dolores Ranger District, is seeking public comments on a preliminary Environmental Assessment for the Taylor and Stoner Mesas Vegetation Management project. The...

DATE: March 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Friends of Chicken Creek receive Mancos Valley award

For traditional skiers who don’t need a chairlift ride up the mountain, the Chicken Creek Nordic ski area near Mancos offers an authentic winter experience. The 17 miles of rolling groomed trails...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Cycling club holds snow-bike event

Support snow-biking, eat some chili, and shoot a BB gun during the second annual Groomer Party scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Boggy Draw parking lot. The Southwest Colorado Cycling...

DATE: Jan. 31, 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 recreation abounds

With 1-3 feet of snow in the backcountry, the winter outdoor recreation season has begun. Tom Rice, recreation planner for the San Juan National Forest, gave an update on projects and trails. The...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Motorist has rare lynx encounter on Molas Pass

Dontje Hildebrand, a resident of both Durango and Ouray, was driving south on U.S. Highway 550 over Molas Pass when right there in the middle of the road was a rare sight – not one, but two lynx....

DATE: Dec. 21, 2016 | 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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Rico-West Dolores trail plan is delayed

A final decision on a much anticipated management plan for recreation trails in the Rico-West Dolores region of the San Juan National Forest has been delayed until spring, forest officials...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Forest officials conduct burn operation on Knolls Fire

Dolores Ranger District fire crews conducted burnout operations Tuesday on the Knolls Fire before the arrival of a weather front that is expected to bring rain and possible snow by midweek. The...

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

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Mountain colors peaking in Mancos and Dolores areas

San Juan National Forest officials estimate that the peak times for viewing fall colors likely will wrap up this week. In the forest near Mancos and the La Plata Mountains, about 75 percent of...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news