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Smoke from wildfires burning throughout the southwestern United States settled in parts of the KSJD listening area Wednesday morning. The Bonita fire northwest of Taos has burned over 7,000 acres, and two fires near Flagstaff have each burned over 4,000 acres.

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This week may bring the last of the boatable water releases on the Lower Dolores River this year. Dolores Water Conservancy District Chief Engineer Ken Curtis tells KSJD warm weather over the weekend brought higher snowmelt in the mountains, which increased the flow to the reservoir and prompted one more “spill” from the dam to maintain safe reservoir levels.

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Road X, a popular access route to the Sage Hen recreation area and McPhee Reservoir, will remain closed through November.

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Montezuma County Assessor Scott Davis has resigned, reportedly for medical reasons. On Monday, the Montezuma County commissioners said Deputy Assessor Leslie Bugg has been appointed to fill the position until the 2018 election.

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The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Montezuma County in a longstanding dispute over how carbon-dioxide giant Kinder Morgan calculates its revenues.