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Illegal mountain bike trail in Hermosa destroyed by rangers

Local volunteers helped rangers from the Columbine District of the San Juan National Forest destroy an illegal mountain bike trail southeast of the Hermosa Creek Campground. The rogue path was in...

DATE: June 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: More Sports

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Southwest Studies kicks off lectures with Adventure in Crooked Canyons

The Journal The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College kicks off its summer lecture series based on the theme “A Year in the Life of the West” with a presentation from Jack Turner, 1936:...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

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Public Lands: Spring is a great time to get outside and informed about a threat to public lands

Some Americans are not so lucky. They will never experience the majesty of the American West and the bounty and the beauty of its public lands. These lands and the waters that flow through them...

DATE: May 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Federal judge halts Village at Wolf Creek land swap

In a significant win for opponents of the Village at Wolf Creek, a federal judge on Friday invalidated the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to approve a land exchange that would have essentially...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Tipton pressured to oppose bill on policing public lands

La Plata County commissioners and law enforcement have asked Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, to oppose a bill that would delegate responsibility for policing public lands to local agencies. On...

DATE: March 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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In Wyoming, a cautious public lands victory

On Jan. 20, public lands advocates across Wyoming celebrated a tenuous victory. In a move somewhat overshadowed by inauguration coverage, Wyoming Senate President Eli Bebout killed a proposed...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Colorado lawmakers ask Congress to fix wildfire funding

DENVER – The cost of fire suppression nationwide has nine times exceeded $1.5 billion since 2000, including reaching a high of $2.1 billion in 2015.Colorado state legislators expect the costly...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Federal hiring freeze hits Western land agencies

President Donald Trump announced a freeze on all federal hiring, eliminating any vacant positions and prohibiting the creation of new positions as of noon on Jan. 22. The presidential memorandum...

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

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‘Village at Wolf Creek’ lawsuit inches forward

A coalition of conservation groups on Thursday submitted an opening brief as part of a lawsuit that aims to stop a land exchange on Wolf Creek Pass that would allow a village with the capacity for...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Colorado governor opposes transfer of public lands

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar say a recently released Republican Party platform that promotes the transfer of federal public lands to states is bad for...

DATE: July 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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BLM fracking rule is struck down in Wyoming federal court

Western states gained ground last week in the ongoing tug of war with the federal government over whose say matters most in how federal lands are managed. Hydraulic fracturing, the engineering...

DATE: June 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Forest Service seeks input on tree plan northeast of Dolores

The Dolores Ranger District is seeking public input and ideas regarding a vegetation management proposal for an area 20 miles northeast of Dolores around Taylor and Stoner mesas. The national...

DATE: June 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News