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Less snow, fewer visitors: Utah ski resorts notch down year

Less snow, fewer visitors: Utah ski resorts notch down year

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s two-year streak of record visitation to the state’s ski resorts was snapped this past winter when visits dropped by 10 percent. Ski Utah said Monday in a news release that the state logged 4.1 million skier days this past winter. That’s down from nearly […]

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Wildfire threat prompts restrictions in southwestern Utah

Wildfire threat prompts restrictions in southwestern Utah

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Public land managers in southwestern Utah are imposing new fire restrictions due to high temperatures and drought conditions adding up to a potential for dangerous wildfires. Nick Howell with the federal Bureau of Land Management’s Color Country District says projections indicate that June is probably […]

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Drought on tap to intensify over US Southwest

Drought on tap to intensify over US Southwest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rivers are drying up, popular mountain recreation spots are closing and water restrictions are in full swing as a persistent drought intensifies its grip on pockets of the American Southwest. Climatologists and other experts are scheduled Wednesday to provide an update on the situation in the […]

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Colorado River flow peaking early, at historically low level

Colorado River flow peaking early, at historically low level

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado River’s peak flows are arriving early this spring and at one of the lowest levels recorded. The Daily Sentinel reports that peak flows are expected Sunday on the Colorado and Gunnison rivers, at about 8,500 cubic feet per second near the Utah line. Only the […]

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Mexico, 2 US states could see Colorado River cutback in 2020

Mexico, 2 US states could see Colorado River cutback in 2020

Water managers say there’s a better-than-even possibility that Mexico and the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada will get less water from the Colorado River in 2020 because of a drought. U.S. officials said Wednesday there’s a 52 percent chance the river’s biggest reservoir, Lake Mead, will fall low enough […]

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Outlook for vital Southwestern US river remains grim

Outlook for vital Southwestern US river remains grim

DENVER (AP) — The outlook for the most important river in the Southwestern U.S. remains grim this summer after April storms failed to produce much snow in the mountains that feed the waterway, forecasters said Monday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the Colorado River is expected to carry […]

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After brief relief, forecasts indicate drought will continue

After brief relief, forecasts indicate drought will continue

Recent showers temporarily relieved drought conditions in parts of the southwestern United States, but dry weather will persist through the summer. Forecasters said Monday a months-long drought is considered “extreme” from southern California to central Kansas. Conditions are even worse in the Four Corners region and the Oklahoma and Texas […]

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