Dolores River

January 8, 2008--BLM starts planning for Gateway (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The Grand Junction Bureau of Land Management office is kicking off a recreation planning process for nearly 200,000 acres around Gateway Canyons Resort.


November 5, 2007--Beetles enlisted to join battle against tamarisks (Pueblo Chieftain)

More bugs are being worked into the program to control tamarisk in the Arkansas Valley. About 150 tamarisk-munching beetles were introduced on private land in the Granada area, east of Lamar, about a month ago. That may not seem like a lot, but more will be introduced if the population takes hold. The results could be dramatic.


August 25, 2007--Thoughts about the 2007 runoff (Cortez Journal)

The official runoff season is April 1 through July 31. However, since a fair amount of the Dolores River drainage is from lower elevations, there sometimes can be considerable inflow into McPhee Reservoir in March. Annual runoff varies greatly from year to year. This wide range poses challenges for reservoir managers.


August 17, 2007--Rush for state mining rights (Colorado Springs Gazette)

A new mining boom is on in the West, spurred by an increase in the price of uranium, used in nuclear power. Colorado, a new report says, is ground zero. Mining claims on federal land here increased 239 percent since 2003, from 5,430 to 18,391, the greatest jump in the West, according to a study released Thursday by the Environmental Working Group.


August 3, 2007--Quake rattles Utah-Colorado border (Salt Lake Tribune)

The U.S. Geological Survey said seismographs measured a magnitude 2.8 earthquake at 7:46 a.m. Wednesday, August 3rd. A Bureau of Reclamation official said work he and some employees were doing in the area may have triggered the temblor.


July 14, 2007--Council: No to Desert Rock resolution singles out effect on air quality (Cortez Journal)

Cortez city councilors unanimously passed a resolution opposing the Desert Rock Energy Project at their regular meeting Tuesday night. The decision came just a week after Durango City Council passed a similar resolution calling on the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to scrap plans for the 1,500-megawatt, coal-fired power plant south of Shiprock, N.M.


June 12, 2007--Historic company keeps canals flowing to area's water users (Cortez Journal)

Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company (MVIC), organized in 1920, is the oldest incorporated company in the county. The MVIC has an annual budget of $1 million and assets of $1.5 billion, based on how much water they own and the going rate for a share of water. MVIC influences 90,000 acres of land in Montezuma County, not just the area irrigated, but also runoff.


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