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As Fire Season Kicks In, Local Authorities Implement Fire Restrictions

With temperatures soaring across western Colorado and eastern Utah and summer monsoons not yet in sight, fire restrictions have gone into effect across many jurisdictions. On Monday, the Montezuma County commissioners imposed a fire ban generally prohibiting open fires and fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county. Beginning July 1st, Mesa Verde National Park will ban open fires, including in Morefield Campground and the Chapin Mesa picnic area. Stage 1 fire restrictions, the strictest,...

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According to the U.S.D.A., India became the top exporter of beef in the world in 2014.  However, Hinduism holds the cow as a revered creature.  The catch has been that the water buffalo, a close relative of beef cattle, have not been part of a ban on the slaughter and export of beef in India until recently.  Prime Minister Narenda Modi's government recently banned the export of meat from water buffalo as well as enforcing laws concerning slaughter of beef cattle.

Health care and the Sage Hen recreational area were among the topics of a wide-ranging discussion Monday between the Montezuma County commissioners and a representative for Colorado Senator Cory Gardner.

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A capital campaign to fund the construction of a new homeless shelter in Cortez is off to a promising start. The Bridge Emergency Shelter, which is being forced to leave its longtime home in the old Justice Building, had announced a challenge grant to raise $20,000 in matching funds by July 1st. In three weeks, more than 50 different individuals and businesses contributed over $60,000. Now, two other donors have pledged $10,000 each for another challenge that will continue through July 31st, or until $80,000 is reached.

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UPDATE, 6/26/17, 1:45pm: The Forest Service says trail and road closures are subject to change depending on size of the fire. The Colorado Trail remains open at this time.

 

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Crews quickly contained a small brush fire near the Ute Mountain Casino late Wednesday afternoon.

According to Ute Mountain Fire Chief John Trocheck, the fire started around 4:30pm in a field. Crews from the Ute Tribe, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Cortez fully contained the blaze within 30 to 45 minutes with the help of a water truck from Cortez and a BIA helicopter. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

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Canyons of the Ancients National Monument does not appear to be at risk of shrinkage or repeal. That’s according to public conversations between Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and members of Colorado’s U.S. Congressional delegation.

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Despite a scare that led to a brief stop-work order, the first phase of removing the old Montezuma-Cortez High School is essentially complete.


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McPhee reservoir has seen a surge in boaters as other lakes around the state restrict motorized boating access due to concerns about invasive mussel introduction. According to a U.S. Forest Service release, usage at McPhee is up 85 percent from last year.

 

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Eurasian collared doves have spread rapidly across the United States since they were introduced from south-central Europe and Asia in the 1980s. University of New Mexico Researcher and Adjunct Professor of Biology Mike Fuller talked with KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning about the effects of the species’ colonization. Click below to listen.

 

Allocating Dolores River Flows

Jun 22, 2017
Bob Bragg

Balancing the water supply provided by the Dolores River is no easy task for the Dolores Water Conservancy District. Recreational boaters want robust flows down stream of McPhee Reservoir, and farmers who depend on irrigation water want a full reservoir to start the growing season. However, this year, the River has delivered both, with over 40 days of boat-able flows as well as the Reservoir being full on June 22nd , an event that hasn’t happened very often since the Reservoir filled in 1987.

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