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Bringing solar to low-income residents in La Plata County

Local group uses grant to power affordable housing

Studies aim to restore habitat of imperiled Northwest fish

BOISE, Idaho – Scientists in the Pacific Northwest are studying more than a dozen watersheds to develop templates on habitat restoration that could be used in similar streams to bolster stru...

San Juan National Forest targets spruce menace

Spruce beetle infestation on the San Juan National Forest grew to more than 120,000 acres in 2015, according to an annual aerial survey of Colorado’s trees. To address this and...

Forest Service may close sites in Dolores district

Agency must trim operational budget

Pine beetle outbreak ends in Colorado

Bugs attacked 5,300 square miles of forest across state

Study examining human-bear interactions in Durango enters final year

Bears may be in hibernation, but local wildlife officials are conducting a years-long study hoping to learn more about Durango residents’ interactions with the lumbering beasts. L...

Study may lead to protection for butterfly

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – Federal officials plan to study the status of a butterfly once found across the Southwest to see if it warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. The...

Earth Briefs

Nature Studies announces events The Durango Nature Studies will hold these events: Winter Volunteer Naturalist Training will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the...

2015 was Earth’s hottest in recorded history

WASHINGTON – Last year wasn’t just the Earth’s hottest year on record – it left a century of high temperature marks in the dust. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration a...

Nearly 9,000 call for protections for Mesa Verde’s horses

Park officials say their one option is to remove them

Annual bird count yields record number

High volunteer turnout may have helped boost total

Grizzly bear deaths rise as Yellowstone population grows

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The number of grizzly bear deaths or removals in the Yellowstone region climbed to an all-time high in 2015, but biologists say they’re not worried about the animal’s long-t...