A first: Water shortage may be declared in lakes Powell, Mead

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The human-made lakes that store water supplying millions of people in the U.S. West and Mexico are projected to shrink to historic lows in the coming months, dropping to levels...

DATE: April 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Low flows on Dolores River will hurt fish

Below-average snowpack and ongoing drought will hurt flows and fish habitat below McPhee Dam going into spring and summer, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Water releases from the dam are...

DATE: April 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Forecast for McPhee irrigation ‘worst ever’

Runoff from below-average snowpack is forecast to result in the lowest project irrigation supply in McPhee Reservoir history. According to most probable forecast, Dolores River Basin snowmelt is...

DATE: April 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

U.S. sets aside habitat critical for survival of rare songbird

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. wildlife managers have set aside vast areas across several states as habitat critical to the survival of a rare songbird that migrates each year from Central and South America to...

DATE: April 21, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

U.S. water managers warn of dismal year along the Rio Grande

ALBUQUERQUE – It has been 30 years or so since residents in New Mexico’s largest city last saw their stretch of the Rio Grande go dry. There’s a possibility it could happen again this summer....

DATE: April 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Dogs multiply as pandemic hinders vet service on Navajo Nation

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) – Gloria Skeet used to run a couple of miles from her home to her sister’s place on the Navajo Nation just south of Gallup – until the dogs started to chase her. “It was around...

DATE: April 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Dolores River Anglers seeks water quality protection for streams

The Dolores River Anglers Chapter of Trout Unlimited seeks to designate nine stream reaches in the Upper Dolores River watershed for Outstanding Waters status. The designation offers protection for...

DATE: April 17, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Before Powell: Did Indigenous people run the Grand Canyon?

Throughout the history of the West, it’s commonly accepted that the grizzled, one-armed Civil War major and geologist John Wesley Powell was the first to journey by river into the treacherous and...

DATE: April 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Interior secretary steps into Utah public lands tug-of-war

SALT LAKE CITY – For decades, a public lands tug-of-war has played out over a vast expanse of southern Utah where red rocks reveal petroglyphs and cliff dwellings and distinctive twin buttes bulge...

DATE: April 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Mesa Verde National Park designated 100th International Dark Sky Park

Mesa Verde National Park is known for preserving ancient cultural sites, and now it will also protect the nighttime view of the stars. This year, Mesa Verde was designated the 100th International...

DATE: April 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Drought-breaking rains more rare, erratic in West, study says

BILLINGS, Mont. – Rainstorms grew more erratic and droughts much longer across most of the U.S. West over the past half-century as climate change warmed the planet, according to a sweeping...

DATE: April 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Impact of logging near Dolores raises concerns about recreation access

San Juan National Forest officials are addressing concerns about a logging project’s impact to recreation in the Boggy Draw area north of Dolores. The 22,346-acre Salter Vegetation Management...

DATE: April 4, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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