Dolores River

  • 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.

Rig To Flip

River filmmakers Rig to Flip are currently researching and filming the Dolores River to tell the complex story of “The River of Sorrows.” In this episode of the River Trip, host Sam Carter talks with Ben Saheb, Juliann Poma, and Cody Perry from Rig To Flip about the importance of this film, and how it is being made.

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In this episode of the River Trip, host Sam Carter talks with Bill Dvorak of Dvorak Rafting, Kayaking, and Fishing Expeditions, about the recent designation of the Browns Canyon National Monument along the Arkansas River in central Colorado, and Amber Clark, Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee for the Lower Dolores Plan Working Group, about a proposed National Conservation Area for the Dolores River Canyon.