Durango railroad names its first female conductor

Meet Kylah Thompson, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s first female conductor in the historic railway’s long and storied history. “It’s almost unreal,” Thompson said. “It’s cool to...

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

Needles Fire near Purgatory Resort’s Lift 2 at 80% containment

Some 20 firefighters worked to complete and secure fire lines and to began mop up operations Sunday around the 6-acre Needles Fire, burning near Lift 2 of Purgatory Resort. The wildfire was listed...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire near Purgatory Resort listed at 6 acres

The Needles Fire near Lift 2 at Purgatory Resort was listed at 6 acres in size Thursday afternoon with limited growth overnight and no growth during the day. Esther Godson, spokeswoman with the San...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Missing hiker found dead in San Juan Mountains, west of Lake City

A 26-year-old Denver man who went missing while solo hiking in the San Juan Mountains was found dead late Tuesday, according to authorities. Ben Brownlee was last seen around 11:30 a.m. Saturday...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Statewide fire ban expires, but still no campfires in Southwest Colorado

Restrictions on fires and open burning remain active throughout Southwest Colorado. In late August, Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide fire ban on campfires and other open burning as wildfires...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

2 of 4 debris piles removed from Colorado Trail

Several public lands groups have helped clear avalanche debris from a large section of the Colorado Trail near Elk Creek, near Molas Pass. The slide occurred during the heavy snowfall during winter...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mine discharge in Owen Basin not a spill, officials report

A hiker’s report of “orange-colored” water flowing from an abandoned mine into the South Fork of the West Mancos River on Monday triggered an investigation by the Colorado Division of Reclamation...

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

Fall colors arrive in Southwest Colorado

Fall colors should peak during the next two weeks, making weekend drives prime times to catch autumn’s show. Esther Godson, spokeswoman for the San Juan National Forest, said, “From our employees...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘It’s a fantastic view of it all’; fire tower turns 50

DOLORES – Various birds zip and dive around the Benchmark Lookout fire tower as Rick Freimuth scans the horizon with binoculars for any sign of wildfire smoke. His panoramic view encompasses the...

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

Durango train receives $2 million grant to replace bridge

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has received nearly $2 million from a federal rail safety program to help pay for the replacement of a bridge over the Animas River, just south of...

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

Drought may mute fall colors in Southwest Colorado

In drought-strapped Southwest Colorado, the outlook for fall colors this season is that they likely won’t be as vibrant or last as long as normal, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be worth getting...

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

416 Fire turned out to be a healthy burn for the forest, new studies find

As more research is done within the 416 Fire burn scar, it’s becoming increasingly clear the blaze that burned in summer 2018 was a healthy fire for the landscape, which is already showing strong...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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