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Water managers release drought plan for McPhee Reservoir

Frequent dry spells have motivated McPhee Reservoir managers to create a draft drought contingency plan, and they have extended the public comment period. Since 2000, drought conditions left the...

DATE: June 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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In these Western cities, using less water costs more

Where you live has a lot to do with the price of the water that comes out of your kitchen faucet — but odds are, it’s getting more expensive. A recent survey of household water use shows an upward...

DATE: May 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Hickenlooper signs hemp bill into law in Cortez

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper stopped in Cortez Sunday to sign a bill protecting hemp farmers who use water stored in federal reservoirs. The bill was introduced in the state Legislature by Sen....

DATE: May 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Greg Hobbs finishes Amazing Authors tour at Cortez Library

Greg Hobbs, a former Colorado Supreme Court justice who has published several books of poetry and essays, visited Cortez on Wednesday to cap the Amazing Authors Tour. The Cortez Public Library...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Living

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Reports: Climate is shrinking West water supply

Picture a snowflake drifting down from a frigid February sky in western Colorado and settling high in the Rocky Mountains. By mid-April, the alpine snowpack is likely at its peak. Warming...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Jackson Gulch Reservoir prepares for irrigation season

Jackson Gulch Reservoir was full by the first of May, and Mancos Water Conservancy District Superintendent Gary Kennedy said that’s somewhat abnormal. “That’s earlier than usual,” he said on...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Lawmakers tackle process for leasing water rights

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers are trying to streamline the process water rights owner go through to enter into short-term leases with municipalities. To estimate how much water they are entitled to,...

DATE: April 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Southwest Colorado snowpack highest level in 9 years

Snowpack across Southwest Colorado is at the highest level since 2008. The San Miguel, Mancos, Dolores, Animas, La Plata and San Juan river basins all are above 100 percent of normal snowpack,...

DATE: April 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Researchers flock to Lower Dolores for ecological studies

An army of biologists and environmentalists is descending on the Lower Dolores River to study the ecological benefits of a rare high-volume release from McPhee Dam. Biologists with Colorado Parks...

DATE: March 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Time to roll out the (rain) barrels in Colorado

DENVER – Proponents of allowing Coloradans to collect rain from their roofs demanded “free the barrels.” On Wednesday, those barrels were set free.That’s when a law passed by the Legislature this...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Spring runoff red-flags Animas aquatic life

Water samples taken from the Animas River during the season’s first spring runoff since August’s Gold King Mine spill raise a “red flag” for potential harm to aquatic life in the waterway. On Feb....

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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New Mexico officials say rivers still tainted from Gold King Mine spill

DENVER – A $1.5 million bill sent by New Mexico to the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday could be the last chance for federal officials and the state of Colorado to avoid a lawsuit related...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News