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A little over a year ago, the Animas River ran yellow, the result of a catastrophic spill of mining wastes. Now, it is again discolored, thanks to recent heavy rains that stirred up sediment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the discoloration, which was reported Wednesday morning, was not related to work being done by the agency at the mine site. In an email, the EPA said downstream stakeholders were notified about the occurrence.

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Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne visited Cortez on Thursday to ride the Phil's World Mountain Bike trail and help kick off the planning process for the Path to Mesa Verde, a trail planned to stretch between Cortez, Mesa Verde, and Mancos.

After her ride she met with the Montezuma County Commissioners, officials from towns of Mancos and Cortez, as well as Mesa Verde National Park, and other public lands agencies.

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Montezuma County Commission Chair Larry Don Suckla continues to suggest that wildlife officials moved a golden eagle’s nest onto the Phil’s World mountain biking area. The Bureau of Land Management is considering a trail expansion in that area.


The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School Board has rejected a proposed change that would have allowed it to go into executive session on a majority vote instead of a unanimous one.

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The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has been awarded $51,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.

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Montezuma County Commission Chair Larry Don Suckla stated at Monday’s Commissioner meeting that Colorado Parks and Wildlife moved a golden eagle’s nest to the Phil’s World Bike trail area. He said state officials brought the nest from Granath Mesa near Dolores to an area proposed for trail expansion, and that the nest now “has an effect” on trail development.

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The time-honored tradition of seed saving is one of the best ways to for a farmer or gardener to feel connected to the plants that they grow. In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Kellie Pettyjohn talks with Lee-Ann Hill of Laughing Wolf Farm and the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance about why seed saving is an important part of understanding the food we grow, and how it can lead to a more sustainable food network.

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Montezuma County Commission Chair Larry Don Suckla, Cortez City Manager Shane Hale, and avid cyclist Dani Gregory will ride the Phil’s World Trail for an hour with Colorado’s Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne on Thursday.


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The Bureau of Land Management has released a long-awaited environmental assessment, or EA, regarding proposed ATV access through Recapture Canyon in Southeast Utah.

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In this episode, an anonymous questioner asks the EngiNerd about the fascinating history and molecular qualities of soap, and special guest The Kitchen Witch joins in to explain how she makes homemade soap.