Photo credit: Faith Coyote

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.

Austin Cope / KSJD

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.