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Animas River reopened for recreation

Print this articleThe Animas River has been reopened for recreational use as of noon on Friday, Aug. 14. La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith made the decision to open the river based on tests conducted by the Colorado Department of … Continue reading

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Rivers to be closed until at least Aug. 17

Print this articleBy Gail Binkly Waters affected by the toxic Gold King Mine spill will not be opened up for public access until Aug. 17 or later, EPA officials said during a conference phone call on Monday, Aug. 10. Decisions … Continue reading

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Spill will have long-term impacts, officials say

Print this articleBy Gail Binkly Long-term impacts are expected from the spill of more than 1 million gallons of toxic mining waste into the Animas River on Aug. 5. “We anticipate as this plume moves downstream, the sediment will settle … Continue reading

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Notes from a disaster: Part 2

Print this articleCommentary by Janneli F. Miller Aug 7/8 midnight I can’t sleep. the spill haunts me. I close my eyes only to see that hideous orange-yellow river in my brain imagery. I am obsessed with knowing all that I … Continue reading

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EPA releases statement on Animas water quality

Print this articleThe U.S. EPA has released a statement this morning regarding the contamination of the Animas River that describes sampling that is occurring and current data regarding the acidity of the river, as follows: Sampling crews have been and … Continue reading

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Contaminated plume reaches N.M.; precautions urged

Print this articleThe following is an Aug. 7 press release from the New Mexico Environment Department: The New Mexico Environment Department continues working with local, regional, and federal stakeholders to advise San Juan County citizens of safety precautions, while updating … Continue reading

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Notes from an environmental disaster: The Animas River contamination

Print this article By Janneli F. Miller Thursday afternoon, Aug. 6 4 p.m. I’m just above the 33rd St put-in in Animas City. The Gold King Mine clean-up near Silverton has gone awry & at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, a toxic … Continue reading

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Storms could be gusty

Print this articleThere is a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms across Southeast Utah and portions of west-central and Southwest Colorado through this evening, Friday, Aug. 7, the National Weather Service says. Showers and thunderstorms will increase this afternoon as deep … Continue reading

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Animas River closed to recreation because of spill

Print this articleThe Animas River has been closed to all watercraft as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, because of the contamination of the Animas River from a spill of mining waste. La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith issued an … Continue reading

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Court puts kibosh on local Bong-a-Thon

Print this articleby David Long Somewhere, over the cannabis-enhanced rainbow, the 32nd annual Colorado Invitational Bong-a-thon will soon be filling the state’s dreamy skies with happy smoke – a two-day celebration of the drug by a thousand adoring potheads. But … Continue reading

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