Cabin near Silverton ‘obliterated’ by avalanche

An avalanche destroyed a cabin near Silverton last month. Jim Donovan, director of San Juan County’s Office of Emergency Management, said the cabin was hit by a slide during the height of...

DATE: April 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

From the skies, geologists peer inside the Earth

An unusual flying object will visit Silverton in the next couple of weeks, but residents have no reason to fear a secret government experiment or an encounter with creatures from another planet....

DATE: April 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain bikes at heart of Silverton trails debate

The town of Silverton is trying to lure more mountain bikers to its backcountry, but some residents wonder, at what cost? For the past year, Silverton residents have drafted a long-range trails...

DATE: April 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Silverton’s ambitious trails plan aims to boost economy

As the towering mountains and vast backcountry around Silverton become a mecca for hikers, mountain bikers and all-terrain vehicles, how to manage overcrowding and overuse on public lands is...

DATE: April 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Durango train punches through avalanche paths ahead of summer season

Slowly but surely, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is digging out of the onslaught of snow and avalanches to clear the tracks for the first ride to Silverton in May. Jeff Johnson,...

DATE: April 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Video: Flyover shows Red Mountain Pass buried by heavy snow, avalanches

Red Mountain Pass was closed for 19 days in March after heavy snow blanketed the highway in 3 to 4 feet of snow and triggered numerous avalanches that crossed the road. U.S. Highway 550 between...

DATE: March 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Red Mountain Pass reopens after 20 days

After being closed nearly three weeks because of avalanche danger, U.S. Highway 550 on Red Mountain Pass opened Friday morning. Lisa Schwantes, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of...

DATE: March 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Red Mountain Pass could be closed for another two weeks

Red Mountain Pass on U.S. Highway 550 could be closed for two more weeks as crews work around the clock to dig out the road from heavy snowfall and avalanches. The pass between Silverton and Ouray...

DATE: March 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter weather forces closure of Gold King Mine treatment plant

The water treatment plant built to reduce contamination from the Gold King Mine into the headwaters of the Animas River has stopped operations because of the extreme winter weather in the San Juan...

DATE: March 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Power restored after nearly 5 hours in Silverton

The entire town of Silverton lost power for nearly five hours Thursday. Alex Shelley, spokesman for the San Miguel Power Association , said all 692 meters in Silverton lost power around 11 a.m....

DATE: March 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

High avalanche danger closes county roads near Silverton

The town of Silverton and San Juan County have closed all travel on county roads because of high avalanche danger and are strongly encouraging people to avoid recreating in the backcountry. In a...

DATE: March 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado sees record avalanche activity

Avalanches are coming down at a historic rate across Colorado. In Southwest Colorado alone, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center has recorded nearly 170 slides since Dec. 1 – and that’s just...

DATE: March 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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