Biden Admin “Pauses” Public Land Lease Sales, Putting One Drilling Proposal in Southwest Colorado in Limbo
The administration is putting the brakes on new oil and gas leases on public lands. The move is being met with cheers from conservation groups and legal threats from the fossil fuels industry.
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Here are the latest figures for vaccination rates in Colorado and coronavirus case counts in both the state and region, as of April 1, 2021. Colorado opened COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to every Coloradan 16 years and older on April 2. I’m reporting on local and...
Getting fast and reliable high-speed internet was a challenge for many people in the Four Corners even before the pandemic. But now as more adults and schoolchildren work remotely, communities and private businesses are stepping up to fill in some of the gaps.
Officials Hope Remote-Controlled Avalanches on Lizard Head Pass Will Help Keep Vital Byway Open During Snow Slide Season
A new Swiss-designed avalanche control system on the pass southwest of Telluride aims to make it safer for crews to trigger slides. The remote-controlled system uses elevated towers to drop ordnance on snow-loaded slopes.
Many people take hot and cold running water and a flush toilet for granted. But for some residents of the Navajo Nation, it's a luxury they don't get to enjoy at home. Now, several organizations are trying to bridge what's known as the “water gap.”
A TV show pilot that will be shot in Montezuma County this fall aims to put the area on the filmmaking map. It's also an opportunity for the show's creators to revel in the Four Corners backdrop they call home.
Little has been done at the congressional level to clean up abandoned mines in southwest Colorado. But members of one community advisory group say they're making progress with the federal government.
Up to a third of the households on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations lack access to clean running water. One organization is installing self-contained hand washing stations to help.
Five years ago, the Gold King Mine spill ignited hope that old and abandoned mines around Silverton, Colorado would finally be cleaned up. But progress is moving slowly.
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Durango, Colo. - A giant, concentrated plume of greenhouse gas hovers over the San Juan Basin region of the Four Corners. Scientists first noticed it 2009. It's mostly comprised of methane gas and is centered over an area that includes the Colorado towns of Ignacio...
Arizona is still part of the Cotton Belt, with about 259,000 acres devoted to the crop. But it's not easy to grow it in the desert. I talked to two cotton farmers about the challenges they face and how technology has changed the business.
Gordon Hirabayashi objected to the way Japanese-Americans were treated in World War II. His fight took him from the Supreme Court to a prison camp in Arizona.
Tom Russell writes songs about champion fighting cocks, Edward Abbey, the Watts riots, Nina Simone, and the day Frank Sinatra played Juarez. For him, it's all part of a grand tradition of American storytelling.