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January 22, 2016--Silverton drafting Superfund-seeking letter to Colorado's governor (Denver Post)

Attorneys for Silverton and San Juan County are in the process of drafting a letter to Colorado's governor in support of Superfund cleanup for its leaching, abandoned mines. While the request still must be approved by the town's elected officials next week, the action represents the most significant move since the Gold King Mine spill in August prompted cries for a large-


January 21, 2016--Colorado delegation poised to introduce Good Samaritan mine cleanup bill (Durango Herald)

Legislation to allow organizations the opportunity to clean up abandoned mines with liability protection is on the cusp of being introduced in the U.S. Congress. Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Cory Gardner, a Republican, are preparing to introduce Good Samaritan legislation along with Rep.


January 21, 2016--Group forms to develop wildfire plan for McPhee Reservoir (Cortez Journal)

A new wildfire risk-assesment group has formed to minimize impacts on the upper Dolores River watershed and McPhee Reservoir. The goal is to identify valuable areas at high risk for damage due to wildfire, then develop and implement mitigation projects.


January 20, 2016--Cloud seeding helps boost El Niño (Durango Herald)

El Niño is bringing Southwest Colorado wet storms and even more reason to seed clouds than in a dry winter, some experts say. “When there’s lots of liquid water coming through, then you have a storm to work. ... The seeding response is better.


January 19, 2016--Sanitation officials blame Cortez sewer problem on Montezuma County inmates’ flushing habits (Cortez Journal)

Montezuma County inmates are under suspicion, but not for unlawful activity. Cortez Sanitation District officials suspect that inmates at the 104-bed Montezuma County Jail are flushing items in their jail cells, plugging a pumping station or contaminating the wastewater-treatment facility. “We get a ton of Ramen noodle packages,” CSD manager Tim Krebs told board mem