Dolores River

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In this episode of River Radio, host Sam Carter talks with Nate and Matthew Klema, brothers who grew up boating the Dolores River and have spent much of their lives running rivers around the world, about their recent speed record through the Grand Canyon, and how their experiences have shaped them.

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In this episode of River Radio, host Sam Carter talks with Yvon Chouinard, the founder and owner of Patagonia Clothing Company, about his land conservation efforts and love for the world's wild places.

  • Montezuma County commissioners join in call for a new citizens’ group to work on a National Conservation Area along the Dolores River.
  • Maintenance and future ownership of the Dolores-Norwood Road remain a topic of dispute between the Montezuma County commissioners and the Forest Service.


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In 1885, the Montezuma Valley Irrigation District completed a tunnel that moved water from the Dolores River to the Montezuma Valley. This trans-basin diversion allowed the town of Cortez and the entire valley to grow and thrive.  But this transfer, and later McPhee dam, changed the Dolores River. A hundred and fifty years later, the community is working to find a balance between keeping the water it has long relied on, and meeting federal requirements for healthy fish and a protected river downstream. Reporter Stephanie Paige Ogburn has more on those efforts.


  • Colorado Board of Equalization rejects Montezuma County’s effort to give a tax break to farmers.
  • Montezuma County commissioners adopt a wait-and-see attitude toward a National Conservation Area along the lower Dolores River.


  • Water attorney urges local residents to be proactive in creating a National Conservation Area on the lower Dolores River.
  • Cortez area weather has been abnormally warm and dry.


  • Montezuma County commissioners are not backing down from their stance on recent property-tax assessment for farmers.
  • Dolores County also adopts defiant attitude towards state in regard to its assessments of farmland.
  • Good turnout expected for September 30th meeting regarding draft legislation to create a national conservation area along the Dolores River.


  • Colorado Water Conservation Board awards instream flow water right on the Dolores River to benefit native fish.
  • Fish surveys after mine waste spill into the Animas River show good and bad news.
  • Colorado Senator calls for funding for a water treatment plant in the Gold King Mine area.


In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss politics in southeast Utah and the ongoing legal situation surrounding San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, as well as issues related to water and a proposed National Conservation Area on the Lower Dolores River.

  • Two people die in vehicle accidents in southwest Colorado over Labor Day weekend.
  • Number of victims revised in Sunday's plane crash near Telluride.
  • Attorney to speak in Cortez on proposed National Conservation Area on the Lower Dolores River.


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