COVID-19 brought record numbers to public lands, but at a price

The initial concern and confusion at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic closed ski resorts and encouraged people to stay indoors, or at the very least, recreate in areas close to home. In one of...

DATE: March 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Resident scooping up properties in rogue neighborhood northwest of Durango

A decades-old problem involving a rogue neighborhood northwest of Durango that has seen little oversight or regulation over the years has seemingly, and suddenly, come to a resolution. “I think...

DATE: March 3, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Skiers push for Purgatory Resort to allow uphill travel

A petition has been circulating in recent days calling for Purgatory Resort to allow uphill travel on its slopes. Uphill skiing, also known as skinning, is when people climb mountain slopes with...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Southwest Colorado livestock meeting addresses grazing, wolves

The annual meeting of the Southwest Colorado Livestock Association took place at a larger venue this year because of pandemic restrictions, and relevant topics important to ranching and agriculture...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Has time come to better regulate snowmobiles in the San Juan Mountains?

With a surge of snowmobiles in the backcountry this winter, some are wondering if the time has come to better regulate the motorized vehicles in the San Juan Mountains. “It’s increasing...

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

Mining claims in Weminuche Wilderness protected from development

Two mining claims in the San Juan National Forest’s Weminuche Wilderness have been returned to a wilderness designation, the U.S. Forest Service announced this week. In 2018, the Wilderness Land...

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

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

Montezuma County expands historic road map

At the end of 2020, the Montezuma County Commissioners continued their effort to identify and assert historic rights of way across county and federal lands. In response, federal land agencies have...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Timber harvest considered north of Dolores

The San Juan National Forest is considering a vegetation management plan that includes logging ponderosa pine forests northeast of Dolores. An environmental assessment will be released in February...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Backcountry skiers triggered more than 10 avalanches in San Juan Mountains this week

Since Monday, backcountry skiers have triggered more than 10 avalanches in the San Juan Mountains, and while no one was seriously injured, there have been some dangerous close calls, according to...

DATE: Jan. 1, 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

Durango backcountry skiers who died were experienced, knowledgeable

Two Durango backcountry skiers who died in an avalanche this past weekend were experienced and intimately familiar with the terrain, but rare and dangerous snowpack conditions presented risks not...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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