Archive - Jul 2007


July 30th

July 27, 2007--Train back to full service following cleanup effort (Durango Daily Times)

The landslide that interrupted service on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad until today contained boulders the size of pickup trucks and temporarily dammed up the Animas River. It took five days for the railroad to clear the tracks at the remote site, 34 miles north of Durango, after crews discovered the slide on Sunday morning.

July 27, 2007--Navajo-Gallup water project faces an uphill battle (Gallup Independent)

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. returned to Washington, Tuesday urging passage of the Northwestern New Mexico Rural Water Projects Act and the Navajo-Gallup water pipeline legislation to meet the growing water needs of Navajo families. The bill, H.R. 1970, was introduced by Rep.

July 27, 2007--Water plan gets a boost in Valley (Fresno Bee)

Increasing water supplies is key to the region's future, Fresno-area leaders said Thursday as they threw their weight behind Gov. Schwarzenegger's stalled plan to build two new dams in Central California.

July 27, 2007--The energy challenge--coal as currency (New York Times)

For the Navajo nation, energy is the most valuable currency. The tribal lands are rich with uranium, natural gas, wind, sun and, most of all, coal. But two coal-fired power plants here, including one on the reservation, belch noxious fumes, making the air among the worst in the state.

July 26, 2007--If talks fail, rec water trial looms (Durango Herald)

If a dispute over how much water the city of Durango wants for a kayak park on the Animas River isn't settled at mediation next month, opponents will prepare for a January trial, the attorney for the Southwestern Water Conservation District said Wednesday.

July 25, 2007--Lake Durango agreement an example of good government (Durango Herald)

Bob Johnson thought building lots could be sold in the dry rolling hills southwest of Durango, applying water brought from higher elevations to the north where wells and limited stream flows were possible. In the beginning, for his projects and for others, it worked.

July 25, 2007--Water managers close on Shoshone deal (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The Colorado River Water Conservation District and other state water managers are close to an agreement that will replace water normally put into the river by the Shoshone power plant, according to an official with the Glenwood Springs-based conservation district.