The Wildfire Season Outlook for 2016

Apr 4, 2016
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Despite a relatively wet winter the reality of wildfires is still something we all need to be prepared for as the 2016 fire season quickly approaches. In the first of KSJD's four-part series on wildfire preparedness, Tom Yoder talks with Rebecca Samulski, Montezuma Chapter Coordinator for Firewise of Southwest Colorado, about current wildfire conditions and how land owners can start planning now to ensure they are ready in the event of a wildfire near their homes and other property.

  • For a third time, the Bureau of Land Management has deferred a controversial sale of three oil and gas lease parcels for fracking near Chaco Canyon.
  • Drought is the key factor driving an historic outbreak of spruce beetles in the San Juan Mountains.

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Marilyn Colyer is a woman who has spent her life living and exploring in the La Plata Mountains and learning about the diversity of plants and animals there along the way. KSJD's Tom Yoder visited with her and her three dogs at her ranch near Echo Basin to hear about how her life was shaped by her experiences in the Mancos Valley and the mountains of the area, and why she decided to conserve her land for future generations to enjoy.

Sam Carter

In this episode of River Radio, host Sam Carter visits with Chilean river guide Francisco Valle about the Bio Bio River and Parque Pumalin in the Patagonia region of Chile, and the issues that are facing these rivers and other waterways of South America.

  • An Italian company’s plans for a large development near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon have hit a roadblock.

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A coalition of Native American tribes have come together in an effort to conserve the Bears Ears cultural landscape in southeast Utah. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Ute Mountain Ute Tribe councilwoman Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk about why this place is of special importance to area tribes, why it needs protection, and the effort to create the Bears Ears National Monument.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Brittany Meyer, a new mother, about how she is working to raise her daughter in a healthy environment full of natural curiosity and free of industrial toxins.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Lyn Patrick continues the conversation with Bob Bragg of KSJD's Ag Markets & More, about the environmental impacts of large concentrated animal feedlot operations, the economic structure behind them, and how the choices that consumers make are key to changing our food systems.

  • Cortez School District Superintendent Alex Carter’s last day will be February 29th.
  • For a fourth consecutive year, spruce beetles have caused widespread tree mortality in Colorado.

San Juan Citizens Alliance

Newly released documents over the Forest Service's handling of the Village at Wolf Creek have heated up the debate over this controversial resort project. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dan Olsen, Executive Director of the San Juan Citizens Alliance, about what they have learned through a Freedom of Information Act request for emails and other documents related to the Village at Wolf Creek and what it could mean for the future of the project.