Forester who planted 2 million trees uproots for next adventure

The total number of trees Gretchen Fitzgerald has helped plant in the San Juan National Forest during her time as a forester for the U.S. Forest Service topped out at 2,183,557. “Reforesting areas...

DATE: March 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango, La Plata County look to new funding model for fire mitigation

The city of Durango and La Plata County could be the first participants in a new way to pay for fire mitigation, but only if big questions can be resolved. As the city and the county work to...

DATE: March 25, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

How will Durango City Council candidates address the environment?

When it comes to the environment, Durango’s seven City Council candidates plan to focus on a wide-ranging list of issues, but one – wildfire management – rose to the top. The candidates are running...

DATE: March 19, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango zeros in on 10 areas for fire mitigation

The city of Durango and its partners will focus 2021 fire mitigation efforts on 10 different areas in Dalla Mountain Park, Horse Gulch and Overend Mountain Park. The land, totaling 36 acres, makes...

DATE: March 13, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hickenlooper and Bennet seek assistance for wildfire recovery

U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper of Colorado sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack, urging him to support wildfire recovery in the West and...

DATE: March 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango receives federal support for fire mitigation

The city of Durango accepted $87,500 in federal funding Tuesday to help pay for fire mitigation efforts this year in the most high-risk areas of the city. The city, along with its partners in the...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango identifies 6 miles around city limits for fire mitigation

When the 416 Fire headed south toward Durango in 2018, firefighters knew they had a place where they might be able to make it turn: the Falls Creek community, said Hal Doughty, Durango Fire...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smoke from controlled burn will be visible north of Durango

The Durango Fire Protection District will assist a private landowner with a controlled burn Monday on the south end of Missionary Ridge as part of a wildfire mitigation effort. The burn, scheduled...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

2 fires extinguished at Purple Cliffs homeless camp

Two fires in one day at the Purple Cliffs homeless camp south of Durango have prompted law enforcement to offer outreach on how to safely have a fire, especially as cold temperatures this winter...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado lawmakers ask Trump for wildfire disaster declaration

WASHINGTON – The members of Colorado’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday that they wrote a letter asking President Donald Trump to issue a major disaster declaration for Colorado as the...

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

How did the warm fall impact the natural world?

Winter has finally arrived, but not before unseasonably warm temperatures the last few months caused strange things to happen out on the landscape in Southwest Colorado. From delayed elk and bird...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Aspen Wall Wood fire continues to burn and smoke

The slash fire at the Aspen Wall Wood sawmill yard southeast of Dolores continues to burn and smolder more than a week after erupting into a firestorm that required two days to contain. The fire,...

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

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