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When scientists first discovered a methane hot spot over the Four Corners, it was so large they assumed that their satellite detection technology had malfunctioned.

 

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The Dolores County commissioners have given the go-ahead to a much-scaled-down Ethereal Music Fest August 19th through 21st at the Lone Cone Mountain Resort.


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Fifty-five percent of Utah voters favor making the Bears Ears area in San Juan County a national monument.


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The Four Corners Power Plant on the Navajo Nation in northern New Mexico was evacuated Thursday because of a chemical fire.


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The outdoor industry is urging President Obama to go ahead and designate the artifact-rich Bears Ears area in San Juan County, Utah, as a national monument.

Ajit and Amrit Baral, two brothers from Nepal, have embarked on a bicycling trip around the world in an effort to raise awareness about environmental issues and those who are suffering from AIDS. KSJD's Tom Yoder caught up with them during their stop-over in Cortez and talked with them about why they decided to take on their global journey, and about some of the joys and challenges they have experienced along they way.

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Two Utah senators want to open the gate to mountain-biking in wilderness areas. The Associated Press reports that Republican senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch have introduced legislation that would let local officials with federal public-lands agencies decide whether bikes should be allowed in individual wilderness areas.

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The 2016 boating season on the lower Dolores River came with little warning, missed the Memorial Day weekend, and had two short peaks instead of one long one.

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Thanks to low crude-oil and natural-gas prices, every drilling rig in the San Juan Basin is sitting idle. The Farmington Daily-Times reports that for 20 months, energy companies in San Juan County, New Mexico, have been scrambling to survive, but the oil and gas downturn is the worst in more than a generation. The Daily-Times says energy-company officials believe even when prices rise again, it will be a long time before large-scale drilling can resume.

Six months remain of the Obama administration, and as the clock ticks down, anticipation and apprehension are growing around the possibility that the President will use his executive authority to name one or more new national monuments.

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