Mineral Creek to be focus of extensive watershed study

The U.S. Forest Service this summer will launch an extensive study of the Mineral Creek watershed west of Silverton, an area that has been bombarded in recent years with campers and hikers headed...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

EPA to drill into mine west of Silverton at risk of blowout

The Environmental Protection Agency plans this summer to drill into the collapsed entrance of a mine near Silverton that’s at risk of a blowout. If the situation sounds familiar, it is. The EPA in...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

New Mexico reaches $11 million settlement with mining company over Gold King spill

The state of New Mexico has reached an $11 million settlement with Silverton-based Sunnyside Gold Corp. over costs related to the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, the state announced Wednesday. The...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

EPA orders access to water treatment plant north of Silverton

The Environmental Protection Agency issued the owner of the Gold King Mine an order for access to the property where the water treatment plant is located, north of Silverton, after a long-term...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Animas River shatters all-time record low flow based on 109 years of data

Records show the Animas River recently broke the all-time low flow set on the water gauge behind the Powerhouse Science Center, which has collected data for 109 years. The previous record low flow...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Five environmental issues to watch in 2021

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look at the most pressing environmental issues that face Southwest Colorado in the year to come, and there’s no shortage of them. How will the...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Homeless man found last week died of hypothermia, coroner says

A homeless man who was found dead last week at a campsite behind Walmart along the Animas River died from hypothermia. La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said last week she did not suspect...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless man found dead Tuesday morning at camp behind Walmart

A 57-year-old man living homeless was found dead Tuesday morning at a campsite behind Walmart along the Animas River, said La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith. Smith said the man did not appear to...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire mitigation, invasive species removal to begin along banks of Animas River

The city of Farmington is preparing Phase 2 of the Animas River Mitigation Project, an effort to remove invasive species from the banks of the river. Crews, contracted through the San Juan Soil &...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

Prolonged drought results in record-low flows on Animas River

The Animas River has been setting records this week – just not the good kind. All week, the Animas River has recorded record lows at a gauge station in Durango, which has been tracking flows on the...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton Superfund site to remain on high-priority list, EPA says

A Superfund that consists of nearly 50 mining sites around Silverton will remain on the Environmental Protection Agency’s high-priority list after public pressure mounted at the prospect of...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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