Archive - May 2012


May 30, 2012--Goal is to keep blaze north of Piedra River (Durango Herald)

Fire crews continued to work mostly within the perimeter of the Little Sand Fire near Pagosa Springs on Monday and built firelines along U.S. Forest Service Road 639. The problems were manageable considering what firefighters are dealing with in southwestern New Mexico. The goal is to keep the fire where it is – north of the Piedra River near Pagosa Springs.

May 30, 2012--Massive wildfire becomes largest in New Mexico history (USA Today)

A massive wildfire that has burned more than 265 square miles in the Gila National Forest has become the largest fire in New Mexico history, fire officials confirmed Wednesday.

May 30, 2012--The environment and pharmaceuticals and personal care products: What are the big questions? (Science Daily)

Researchers at the University of York headed a major international review aimed at enhancing efforts to better understand the impacts of chemicals used in pharmaceuticals or in personal care products, such as cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, deodorants and toothpastes (PPCPs), on the natural environment.

May 30th

May 30, 2012--Recession, last drought help water conservation gain Colorado foothold (Denver Post)

Low snowpack, a dry spring and record-high early-season temperatures this year have landscapers reflecting on lessons learned during the devastating drought of 2002. That year was brutal. People tried to conserve water. They turned off backyard fountains and let their ponds dry up.

May 28th

May 28, 2012--Parts of NW Colorado now in extreme drought (Summit Voice)

After a couple of months with temperatures running 5 to 10 degrees above average and the snowpack at only 2 percent average for this time of year, parts of northwestern Colorado have been designated as being in extreme drought conditions. The drought is widespread throughout the interior West, according to the weekly report from the National Integrated Drought Information System.

May 28, 2012--Low snowpack has ripple effect on paddling season (Aurora Sentinel)

After a winter of historically low snowpack combined with an earlier-than-normal runoff, Colorado river guides and tourists are adjusting their spring and summer plans for what is turning out to be an early paddling season. “We really live on snowpack.

May 27, 2012--With dry season underway, time to think wildfire preparedness (Telluride Watch)

The wildfire season began early here on the western slope. The combination of unusually high temperatures and dry conditions, combined with light winter snowpack, have increased the risk for extreme wildfire, particularly as temperatures increase through June.

May 26, 2012--Raging wildfires scorch Western USA (USA Today)

Firefighters are battling a massive wildfire in southwestern New Mexico that has destroyed a dozen cabins and spread smoke across the state, prompting holiday weekend air-quality warnings. The fire burned early Saturday through remote and rugged terrain around the Gila Wilderness and has grown to 85,000 acres or more than 130 square miles.

May 25th

Helping Good Samaritans Clean Up Abandoned Hardrock Mines

For years Colorado legislatures have been trying to pass laws that would make it easier for groups to clean up toxic pollution from abandoned mines. These groups, which are not responsible for the pollution but want to clean it up anyway, are called, appropriately enough, Good Samaritans.

May 24, 2012--Wariness in wake of low snowpack (Durango Telegraph)

As mountain towns in Colorado move into summer, they continue to consider what lies ahead as the result of the incredibly low snowpack this year. By some measures, the drought is far worse than the epic summer of 2002.