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

Trial accusing Durango railroad of starting 416 Fire to take place in Denver

A federal judge has ruled that a trial in which the U.S. government seeks to recover an estimated $25 million from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for fighting the 416 Fire will take...

DATE: Nov. 14, 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

Small fire starts south of Engineer Mountain

U.S. Forest Service helicopter crews responded to a quarter-acre wildfire about 1 mile south of Engineer Mountain on Saturday. Eight Helitack firefighters were on scene to tackle the blaze,...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fire mitigation, invasive species removal to begin along banks of Animas River

The city of Farmington is preparing Phase 2 of the Animas River Mitigation Project, an effort to remove invasive species from the banks of the river. Crews, contracted through the San Juan Soil &...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

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: 16 inches up high, 5 inches in Durango

A snowstorm is expected to leave 3 to 5 inches in Durango and up to 16 inches in the San Juan Mountains between Sunday night and Tuesday morning, and it should also put an end to the threat from...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ice Fire west of Silverton 45% contained

The Ice Fire west of Silverton experienced no growth from Friday to Saturday, holding steady at nearly 600 acres and reaching 45% containment. Weather forecasts call for dry and breezy conditions...

DATE: Oct. 24, 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

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