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By Randy ScholfieldSome recent news stories about the horrific Animas River spill suggest that “all’s clear” with the health of the river and that the river has returned to pre-event “normal” conditions.Don’t believe it. True, the river and its stellar Gold Medal trout fishery seem to have survived [ READ MORE... ]
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  by Randy Scholfield Many anglers and sportsmen have seen firsthand the ravages of climate change: Extreme drought. Raging wildfires. Warmer water temperatures. Stressed fish. Closed rivers. This is a serious threat to the sport and fisheries we love. We don’t need more talk as usual. We need [ READ MORE... ]
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by Randy Scholfield The drought crisis in California is serving as a wakeup call to Colorado River water users, including sportsmen and farmers and ranchers, who look at the finger-pointing and blame-gaming in the Golden State and agree: Let's not go there. In a recent release, Trout Unlimited and [ READ MORE... ]
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For thousands of years, they've hung on in the rugged headwater streams of Arizona, New Mexico and southern Colorado--but today, Southwest native trout are America's most imperiled trout. And it's time to act if we want to save them for future generations.  That was the overriding message on April [ READ MORE... ]
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Bisbee Tour: Elizabeth Russell and Jason Willis (TU), Tom Calhoun, Mike Stewart, and Jordan Sisson (Freeport).   By Elizabeth Russell I first visited Bisbee, Arizona, in 1995 while working as a park ranger at a nearby National Monument.  I made the 75-mile trek across the vast desert landscape in [ READ MORE... ]
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By Kevin Terry Most avid anglers in Colorado have some degree of experience with reservoir operations and how they can make or break a good day on the river. On one hand, we often rely on tailwaters to keep us from getting remote-control thumb and vice neck during long winters. On the other, we [ READ MORE... ]
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by Randy Scholfield Snow flurries began to whirl out of a steel-gray sky, and temperatures plummeted. But the crowd of hunters and anglers gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in Denver was just getting warmed up. "Hands off our public lands!" a speaker shouted. The group roared its approval [ READ MORE... ]
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Satellite transmitter will allow ranchers to remotely monitor flows and irrigation headgate.  By Jesse Kruthaupt I was standing there looking at a trickle running down a very large ditch thinking, “Man, it’s going to be hard to irrigate with that.” It was the summer of 2012, and I was visiting with [ READ MORE... ]
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blog BY rscholfield ON December 17 - 0 COMMENTS
Victory on Hermosa!
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Thank-you ad to lawmakers that appeared in the Durango Herald this week.  by Ty Churchwell Last week, a bill to permanently protect the Hermosa Creek watershed—a major Trout Unlimited focus area for preservation—received  final approval in the U.S. Senate and will now go to President Obama for his [ READ MORE... ]
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Thompson Divide: high quality habitat worth protecting By Aaron Kindle Earlier this week, the White River National Forest (WRNF) in western Colorado released its Record of Decision for managing oil and gas leasing on the forest. The decision is being hailed by sportsmen as a balanced approach to [ READ MORE... ]
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