Outdoors

The Gunnison sage grouse, an endangered species with a very small population in San Juan County, is the focus of a draft recovery plan recently released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The federal agency is asking for public comments on the conservation actions necessary to stop population...
It was early, pre-dawn as I trudged across what remained of the old alfalfa field toward the deer stand in the cottonwood tree along Spring Creek.  The morning was frosty, caused by air currents rolling over and down the flanks of Blue Mountain to the west.  The bitter draft kept finding its way...
A beautiful and chilly morning in San Juan County.  Skyler Madison photo  
by Terry Messmer Utah State University Extension wildlife specialist In recent weeks, reports of cougar sightings have increased across Utah. The cougar, Puma concolor, is known as the mountain lion, puma, screamer, or panther. They are readily recognized by their tawny color, white muzzle and long...
Search and Rescue volunteers have been busy recently, with two highly technical operations in San Juan County. On October 27, crews responded to Little Balley’s Road, where two hikers had fallen approximately 30 feet while descending into the canyon.  One hiker had a head wound and the other...
by Carter Pape The Times-Independent As protestors stood silently around the room with signs advocating to “keep public lands in public hands” and to “protect wild Utah,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, broke the fourth wall on Friday, October 25, during a roundtable discussion in Moab to say that “not a...
An American marten has been spotted in the La Sal Mountains, answering a question that has been asked for many years. The range of the elusive animal has generally been thought to be north of the area, in the northern Rocky Mountains. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reported last week, “One...
U.S. Forest Service fire crews are working diligently to reopen roads and trails affected by three fires in the Dark Canyon Wilderness Area of the Manti-La Sal National Forest before the bow hunting season begins this Saturday, August 17.  As some crews continued monitoring and mopping up the...
Almost 50 riders hit the Abajo Mountains over the weekend for the sixth annual Abajo Enduro. For the second straight year, the grueling event consisted of two days and three stages of racing, and was the biggest event to date. ROAM Industry owner and race organizer Dustin Randall reported that out...
A new fire joined the Peavine Canyon Fire burning west of Monticello and Blanding in the Dark Canyon Wilderness last week. The lightning-sparked Poison Canyon Fire has grown to almost 200 acres since it was discovered on July 26. According to U.S. Forest Service officials in the Manti-La Sal...

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