Permit system on the way to control crowds on Ice Lakes Trail

It appears the time has finally come to put in place a permit system to visit the popular Ice Lakes Trail outside Silverton. After a year of incredible use, which resulted in significant damage to...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Final approval of Rico trail plan pending

The Rico Trails Project has gained preliminary approval from the Dolores Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest. The draft decision and document that found no significant environmental...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Missing Indiana man found dead west of Silverton

An Indiana man who reportedly went missing around Silverton in October was found dead Friday morning in a popular recreation area in the San Juan Mountains. San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad...

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

Tough to be a tree: Southwest Colorado’s forests are stressed

Drought, wildfires, beetle infestation – forests across the San Juan Mountains seemingly can’t catch a break in recent years. “It’s a tough time to be a tree right now,” said Dan West, an...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Engineer Fire now 100% controlled

The quarter-acre Engineer Fire, burning about 1 mile south of Engineer Mountain, was listed as 100% controlled Sunday morning, and firefighters anticipate they will be able to extinguish the fire...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How rescue workers saved 28 hikers in two hours near Silverton

The Ice Lakes Trail lures thousands of hikers every year to this high-alpine destination west of Silverton in the San Juan Mountains. So when a wildfire broke out last week, cutting off access to...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Winter storm knocks out wildfire west of Silverton

A winter storm has put the final nail in the coffin for the Ice Fire burning west of Silverton in the San Juan Mountains, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service announced Tuesday...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snow expected this weekend across Southwest Colorado

Get ready for a mysterious sight to fall from the sky: rain and snow. After weeks of unseasonably dry and sunny weather, things are about to look different. “It’s going to be a pretty drastic...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ice Fire reaches 30% containment, despite high winds

The Ice Fire experienced little growth and was 30% contained as of Thursday night despite high winds that swept through the region. “There was a little bit of activity, but it was basically inside...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield hunter encounters mountain lion: ‘Be good, kitty’

A Bayfield hunter’s video of a mountain lion, sitting silently 20 yards from him, has gained national media attention. “Hold on there kitty. I see you,” said Steve Shively, a resident near...

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

Fire starts deep in Weminuche Wilderness

Firefighters are monitoring a wildfire that started this week deep in the Weminuche Wilderness in an area blanketed in beetle-kill trees, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Forest Service...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Needles Fire at Purgatory Resort north of Durango 100% contained

The 6-acre Needles Fire was listed as fully contained Sunday night with firefighters continuing to mop up and monitor the burn area. Esther Godson, spokeswoman with the San Juan National Forest,...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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