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Snow storm moves through the San Juan Mountains on TuesdayAn ice and snow-packed Coal Bank Pass on U.S. Highway 550 had drivers slowing down Tuesday as a storm moves through the San Juan Mountains north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10451584Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Businesses and residents clear snow Tuesday north of Durango as a winter storm moves through the area. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10501600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral A winter storm moves through the San Juan Mountains on Tuesday north of Durango leaving several inches of snow. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10811600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral A winter storm moves through the San Juan Mountains on Tuesday north of Durango leaving several inches of snow. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10671600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral A winter storm moves through the San Juan Mountains on Tuesday north of Durango leaving several inches of snow. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10681300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Purgatory Resort received several inches of snow Tuesday morning as a winter storm moves through the area. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10521600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Cold temps and high winds took a toll on fall colors early Tuesday in Southwest Colorado. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10671600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Businesses and residents clear snow Tuesday north of Durango as a winter storm moves through the area. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11201600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Purgatory Resort received several inches of snow on Tuesday morning as a winter storm moves through the area. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9411600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Horses graze in a snow covered pasture on Tuesday north of Durango as a winter storm moves through the area. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10441600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral A winter storm took a toll on fall colors early Tuesday in Southwest Colorado. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10791600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Clouds lift from the West Needles on Tuesday morning to reveal snow-covered San Juan Mountains north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10571600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Up to a foot of snow was reported in some places early Tuesday in the San Juan Mountains. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10081600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Cold temps and high winds took a toll on fall colors early Tuesday in Southwest Colorado. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10671600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Clouds lift from the West Needles on Tuesday morning to reveal snow-covered San Juan Mountains north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9821600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Purgatory Resort received several inches of snow Tuesday morning as a winter storm moves through the area. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10901600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Horses graze in a snow-covered pasture Tuesday north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10441600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Drivers in the lower elevations on U.S. Highway 550 encountered wet roads as a winter storm moves through the San Juan Mountains on Tuesday north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10741600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Tourists from the D.C. area photograph snow-covered trees Tuesday in the San Juan Mountains north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10531600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Drivers in the lower elevations on U.S. Highway 550 encountered wet roads as a winter storm moves through the San Juan Mountains on Tuesday north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10261600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral
18001350The West Fork of the Dolores River valley saw steady snow Tuesday morning. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)Photos: Snowstorm arrives in Southwest ColoradoDrivers distracted by slushy roads, epic fall scenery in Dolores River ValleySnow and rained arrived in Dolores and Cortez this week. The storm knocked off the fall colors of mountain aspen, but what remains contrasts nicely with fresh snowfall.The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Monday and Tuesday as the second of two weather systems arrived in the area.Up to 10 inches of snow is possible at 9,000 feet elevation in the northwest and southwest San Juan Mountains, the weather service said Monday.Residents of Montezuma County continues to face a 90% chance of rain or snow Tuesday, and a 50% chance of show showers tonight before midnight. Wednesday is expected to be mostly sunny, but on Thursday, there’s a 30% chance of rain or snow.A freeze watch remains in effect.Ski areas on Tuesday cranked up their snow reports as the season’s first big storm swept across Colorado.Wolf Creek Ski Area reported 6 inches of new snow, and Telluride Ski Resort reported 1.6 inches.Ranch life in the West Fork valley is always scenic. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)13501800Fresh snow and fall colors are a perfect mix along the West Fork of the Dolores River. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)15421800Colorado Department of Transportation plows were out early in the Dolores Valley to clear the fresh snow on Colorado Highway 145. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)15962475Snowstorms hit the Dolores River Valley Tuesday morning creating slushy conditions on Colorado. Highway 145. (Jim Mimiaga/The Jounral)480720Thanks to monsoons replenishing soil moisture, snow falling in the San Juan Mountains might make it to parched McPhee Reservoir during spring runoff in 2022. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)12021800
Drivers distracted by slushy roads, epic fall scenery in Dolores River Valley
Mark Redwine sentenced for the murder of his sonCory Redwine and his mother Elaine Hall wait for the start of a sentencing hearing Friday for Mark Redwine, who was convicted of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan. A jury found Redwine guilty in July of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11321600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Cory Redwine reads a statement Friday during the sentencing hearing for his father, Mark Redwine, who was found guilty in July of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald893950Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Elaine Hall reads a statement and walks past Mark Redwine on Friday during the sentencing for Mark Redwine. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11241300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Brandon Redwine, Dylan's half-brother, reads a statement Friday during the sentencing hearing for Mark Redwine at the La Plata County Courthouse. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald12411300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine is led out of the courtroom in shackles Friday after being sentenced to 48 years in prison for killing his son, Dylan. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald13831300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine is led out of the courtroom in shackles Friday after being sentenced to 48 years in prison. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald15281300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine chose to remain silent at Friday’s sentencing hearing. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald13471300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Elaine Hall said she never thought her ex-husband would take out his frustration on their 13-year-old son, Dylan. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10531600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine enters the courtroom Friday in 6th Judicial District Court. A jury found Redwine guilty in July of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald16931300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine wore a suit and tie to court during his five-week jury trial but appeared in jail garbs Friday at his sentencing hearing, where he was given 48 years in prison. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10981600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine enters the courtroom Friday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald19251300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral District Attorney Christian Champagne speaks with his prosecution team during the sentencing hearing for Mark Redwine. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11641600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral District Attorney Christian Champagne said Mark Redwine took Dylan’s life and deprived his family and the world from the possibilities of what he could have become. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10531600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Family members react after District Judge Jeffrey Wilson announced a 48-year prison sentence for Mark Redwine, the father convicted of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11001300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Jeffrey R. Wilson, chief judge of the 6th Judicial District, addresses Mark Redwine on Friday. The judge handed down a 48-year-prison sentence for second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11741300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine stands as he answers a question from District Judge Jeffrey Wilson during a sentencing hearing Friday in Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1331950Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine stands between his defense team as he listens to District Judge Jeffrey Wilson announce his sentence on Friday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald19171300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine stands with his defense team Friday as District Judge Jeffrey Wilson hands down a 48-year prison sentence. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11831600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine declined to speak Friday during his sentencing hearing after being found guilty of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10441600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine is lead out of the courthouse Friday after receiving a 48-year prison sentence. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald15091300
VIDEO: Watch the sentencing hearing for Mark Redwine0VideoYouTube4803609501205Mark Redwine was sentenced Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, to 48 years in prison after being found guilty of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death of his 13-year-old son, Dylan.
Mark Redwine was sentenced Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, to 48 years in prison after being found guilty ...
Colorado father sentenced to prison for killing 13-year-old son, Dylan RedwineMark Redwine, 60, was found guilty of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death13001347Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine sits in shackles Friday at the La Plata County Courthouse during a sentencing for killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan. A jury found Redwine guilty in July of second-degree murder and child abuse causing the death. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)Mark Redwine, the Vallecito father who was found guilty this summer of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan, was sentenced Friday to 48 years in prison.“I have trouble remembering a convicted criminal defendant that has shown such an utter lack of remorse for his criminal behavior,” said 6th Judicial District Court Judge Jeffery Wilson, in handing down the maximum penalty.Redwine, wearing an orange, jail-issued jumpsuit, declined to speak; his attorneys said he plans to appeal.10041449DylanBut in a pre-sentence investigation, which looks into the legal and social background of convicted criminals and gives them a chance to weigh in, Redwine wrote a few terse words while maintaining his innocence. Judge Wilson read those comments into the record Friday.“Innocent of all charges. Miscarriage of justice. Fake conviction. Sham trial,” Redwine wrote. “... I take this circumstance very seriously and want to make clear that I too have lost a child I love more than life itself. I will fight for true justice, not for myself but for Dylan. I have always shown remorse for the things that I am guilty of. Stand against fake justice.”15421160DylanElaine Hall, Dylan’s mother, said she she is pleased with Friday’s outcome. “It’s justice as far as justice can go,“ she said. “... There will never be enough time for taking Dylan’s life, but at least he hopefully won’t get out. Hopefully he’ll die in prison.”Redwine, 60, was facing 16 to 48 years in prison after a 12-person jury found him guilty July 16 of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.Prosecutors asked the court to sentence Redwine to the full 48 years, citing several aggravating circumstances, including that Redwine killed his own son, misled law enforcement and has shown no remorse.“He stands before you refusing to accept responsibility, showing no remorse, reflecting that same cold-hearted murderer’s heart that killed Dylan Redwine,” said District Attorney Christian Champagne. “Your honor, that’s the ultimate aggravating factor that you should consider. And that alone will justify imposition of the maximum sentence in this case – 48 years for both counts.”13001174Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Jeffrey R. Wilson, chief judge of the 6th Judicial District, addresses Mark Redwine on Friday at the La Plata County Courthouse in Durango. Wilson sentenced Redwine to 48 years in prison. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)In addressing Redwine, Wilson said the evidence against him is “overwhelming.” “First of all, you killed your son, a 13-year-old boy. At 13, he’s still a little boy,” Wilson said. “As the father, it’s your obligation to protect your son, keep him from harm. Instead of that, you inflicted enough injury on him to kill him in your living room.“After the passion of whatever caused you to act the way you did subsided, you didn’t think about Dylan. You thought about yourself, you sanitized the crime scene, you hid Dylan’s body and you went so far as to remove his head from the rest of his body.”Wilson said Redwine’s efforts to conceal Dylan’s body and lie about what happened caused suffering for Dylan’s family and the entire community. His actions deprived Dylan the opportunity to grow up, fall in love, get married and have children, the judge said.In handing down the maximum penalty, Wilson said Redwine takes “absolutely no responsibly” for what he did to Dylan and needs to be removed from society for “a long period of time.”13001383Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine is led out of the courtroom in shackles Friday after being sentenced to 48 years in prison for killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan. A jury found Redwine guilty in July of second-degree murder and child abuse causing death. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)Public defense lawyer John Moran made several legal arguments, some that will likely show up in a future appeal. He also asked that certain statements and findings be stricken from the pre-sentence investigation. “Mr. Redwine loved Dylan with all his heart,” Moran said. “The depth of grief Dylan’s loved ones have experienced may never leave a high-water mark. ... Mr. Redwine is eager for fair and impartial review by a higher court. He is appealing and wishes to make no further record here.”The sentencing hearing caps a nearly nine-year homicide investigation that began in November 2012, when Dylan disappeared while on a court-ordered visit to see his father.Prosecutors surmised that Redwine flew into a fit of rage and murdered his son after the boy confronted him about compromising photos. Defense lawyers said Dylan was alive the morning of Nov. 19, 2012 – the day he went missing. His father ran errands in town, and when he returned he found the boy missing – a bowl of cereal on the table and the television turned to Nickelodeon.They suggested a stranger may have harmed Dylan, or that wildlife attacked him while he was out walking.Text messages sent by Dylan to friends and family indicate the boy didn’t want to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with his father. Their relationship had soured in recent months, especially after Dylan found photos of his father wearing women’s lingerie while eating what appeared to be feces from a diaper, according to testimony presented during the five-week trial.0VideoYouTube480360Dylan’s disappearance set off a massive search in the rugged mountains north of Redwine’s home in Southwest Colorado. In the months that followed, community members and law enforcement organized multiple searches, combing the woods for clues.Law enforcement executed several search warrants on Redwine’s home. Forensic testing found traces of Dylan’s blood in his father’s living room, and a cadaver dog detected the recent presence of a corpse in the living room and in the bed of Redwine’s pickup truck.It wasn’t until June 2013 when the first partial remains of Dylan’s body were found about 8 miles up Middle Mountain Road, only a few miles northeast of Redwine’s home, as the crow flies.In November 2015, a pair of hikers found Dylan’s skull about 1½ miles farther up the road. Forensic experts testified the skull had what appeared to be knife markings, and wildlife experts said no animal inhabiting this area would have transported a skull that far from the other remains.36172036Mark Redwine and Elaine Hall appeared on “The Dr. Phil Show” Feb. 26 and 27 in 2013. Redwine, Hall and Dylan’s older brother, Cory Redwine, appeared on the show again May 20, 2015. Hall appeared a third time on “Dr. Phil” to provide an update on the case March 22, 2016. (Durango Herald file)As the case wore on, it gained national and international attention, including segments on “Nancy Grace,” and “Investigation Discovery.” Elaine, Cory and Mark appeared on a two-part episode of the “Dr. Phil” show, which ended with Redwine refusing to take a lie detector test. (At least five television news channels were in town for Friday’s sentencing hearing.)Law enforcement received numerous “tips” from psychics who claimed to know where Dylan’s remains could be found, and as a matter of due diligence, law enforcement had to follow up on many of them.The case was largely based on circumstantial evidence. As such, prosecutors decided to convene a grand jury to decide whether there was enough evidence to issue an indictment.The La Plata County grand jury issued its indictment in July 2017, and Redwine, a truck driver, was arrested two days later in Bellingham, Washington.0VideoYouTube480360The judicial process was fraught with delays, especially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused at least three significant delays. Prior to that, one of Redwine’s attorney’s faced his own legal challenges and was taken off the case, which caused delays. No charges were ever filed against the attorney, and he rejoined the case But after a five-week trial, which included dozens of witnesses, hundreds of pieces of evidence and volumes of discovery, jurors found Redwine guilty on both counts outlined in the indictment.shane@durangoherald.comCory Redwine and his mother Elaine Hall wait for the start of a sentencing hearing Friday for Mark Redwine, who was convicted of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan. A jury found Redwine guilty in July of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11321600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Cory Redwine reads a statement Friday during the sentencing hearing for his father, Mark Redwine, who was found guilty in July of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald893950Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Elaine Hall reads a statement and walks past Mark Redwine on Friday during the sentencing for Mark Redwine. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11241300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Brandon Redwine, Dylan's half-brother, reads a statement Friday during the sentencing hearing for Mark Redwine at the La Plata County Courthouse. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald12411300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine is led out of the courtroom in shackles Friday after being sentenced to 48 years in prison for killing his son, Dylan. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald13831300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine is led out of the courtroom in shackles Friday after being sentenced to 48 years in prison. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald15281300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine chose to remain silent at Friday’s sentencing hearing. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald13471300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Elaine Hall said she never thought her ex-husband would take out his frustration on their 13-year-old son, Dylan. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10531600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine enters the courtroom Friday in 6th Judicial District Court. A jury found Redwine guilty in July of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald16931300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine wore a suit and tie to court during his five-week jury trial but appeared in jail garbs Friday at his sentencing hearing, where he was given 48 years in prison. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10981600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine enters the courtroom Friday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald19251300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral District Attorney Christian Champagne speaks with his prosecution team during the sentencing hearing for Mark Redwine. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11641600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral District Attorney Christian Champagne said Mark Redwine took Dylan’s life and deprived his family and the world from the possibilities of what he could have become. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10531600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Family members react after District Judge Jeffrey Wilson announced a 48-year prison sentence for Mark Redwine, the father convicted of killing his 13-year-old son, Dylan. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11001300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Jeffrey R. Wilson, chief judge of the 6th Judicial District, addresses Mark Redwine on Friday. The judge handed down a 48-year-prison sentence for second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11741300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine stands as he answers a question from District Judge Jeffrey Wilson during a sentencing hearing Friday in Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1331950Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine stands between his defense team as he listens to District Judge Jeffrey Wilson announce his sentence on Friday. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald19171300Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine stands with his defense team Friday as District Judge Jeffrey Wilson hands down a 48-year prison sentence. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11831600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine declined to speak Friday during his sentencing hearing after being found guilty of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10441600Mandatory Credit: Jerry McBride Durango Heral Mark Redwine is lead out of the courthouse Friday after receiving a 48-year prison sentence. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald15091300
Mark Redwine, 60, was found guilty of second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death
7811083State Rep. Ron Hanks, R-Fremont CountyControversial Republican state Rep. Ron Hanks files to run for U.S. Senate in 2022Hanks, who lives in Fremont County, has peddled baseless claims about the 2020 presidential election being fraudulentState Rep. Ron Hanks, a controversial Republican who has peddled unfounded claims about the 2020 presidential election being fraudulent, on Friday filed to run for U.S. Senate.“The U.S. Senate race needs to be shaken up a bit,” Hanks said in a text to The Colorado Sun.“As the great Paul Harvey used to say: ‘Stand by for news!” Hanks said, declining to comment further.Hanks, an Air Force veteran, is the sixth Republican to file with the Federal Elections Commission with the hopes of challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in 2022. Also running are former El Paso County Republican Chairman Eli Bremer, Army veteran Erik Aadland, unsuccessful 2020 2nd Congressional District candidate Peter Yu and Colorado Springs resident Juli Henri.Gino Campana, a former member of the Fort Collins City Council, also filed to run on Friday.The Republican who wins the GOP nomination will have a difficult path to victory. President Joe Biden won Colorado by more than 13 percentage points in 2020 and Bennet has already won two U.S. Senate elections.The Cook Political Report, an election prognosticator, says Colorado leans solidly in Bennet’s favor next year.Hanks is an avid supporter of former President Donald Trump. He attended a rally that preceded the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Hanks said he didn’t enter the Capitol during the riot.After Colorado’s 2021 legislative session ended in June, the Fremont County Republican drove to Arizona to observe an “audit” of Maricopa County ballots. That exercise, conducted by a consulting firm with no experience in election administration, recently concluded that Democratic President Joe Biden did, indeed, receive more votes than Trump in the county. Hanks also attended a conference in August, hosted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, during which baseless claims about the 2020 election being stolen were discussed.More recently, Hanks was among a group of Republicans trying to get the Colorado GOP to opt out of holding a primary election in 2022 because Colorado allows unaffiliated voters to participate. That effort failed in September.0VideoYouTube480360During his first year in the state House, Hanks stirred controversy with remarks about slavery. He said that the Three-Fifths compromise, an 18th Century policy classifying slaves as three-fifths of a person for congressional apportionment purposes, “was not impugning anybody’s humanity.”Just before making the remarks, Hanks was accidentally introduced as fellow Republican Rep. Mike Lynch.“Being called Mr. Lynch might be a good thing for what I’m about to say. No, just kidding,” Hanks said.Hanks said his comments were taken out of context.The 2022 U.S. Senate race in Colorado won’t be Hanks’ first congressional run. He made an unsuccessful bid for a U.S. House seat in California in 2010.Colorado is in the middle of its once-in-a-decade redistricting process and a draft state House map recently released would place him in the same district with another first-year GOP representative, Stephanie Luck, of Penrose.Read more at The Colorado SunThe Colorado Sun is a reader-supported, nonpartisan news organization dedicated to covering Colorado issues. To learn more, go to coloradosun.com.
Hanks, who lives in Fremont County, has peddled baseless claims about the 2020 presidential election being fraudulent
Should methane rules extend to older wells?U.S. Sens. Bennet, Hickenlooper seek to extend Obama-era protections to orphaned and abandoned sites15551629The orange and red spots on this satellite image produced between 2003 and 2009 show the area in the country with the highest concentrations of methane. The San Juan basin contains the “reddest” spot in the U.S., making it the most concentrated source of methane emissions in the country, said Gwen Lachelt. (Courtesy of NASA, JPL Caltech, University of Michigan)The San Juan Basin in Southwest Colorado and northwest New Mexico is home to more than 30,000 gas wells, some active, others inactive. As a major producer of natural gas in the early 2000s, it has also been identified as a major producer of methane gas emissions.In fact, satellite images taken between 2003 and 2009 showed a 2,500-square-mile methane hot spot over the basin. A study later found 250 different sites that accounted for over 50% of the emissions, all related to energy extraction methods. Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory used thermal camera imaging in 2016 show how natural gas spews from industry facilities in the basin. And more recently, the Environmental Protection Agency and New Mexico Environment Department reported 61 leaks of methane and volatile organic compounds from a variety of oil and gas equipment, including storage tanks and flares, in the San Juan Basin.But as production wanes, what should happen to those old or abandoned wells still leaking methane?Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper are leading the call for stronger protective methane standards for the oil and gas industry.For years, research has shown the Four Corners sits under a methane hot spot. Now, Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper are leading the call for stronger protective methane standards for the oil and gas industry. In a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Sept. 23, Bennet, Hickenlooper and other Colorado representatives urged the extension of Obama-era protections to older wells. According to data released by the EPA in 2018, more than 3.2 million abandoned oil and gas wells emitted 281 kilotons of methane, equivalent to consuming about 16 million barrels of crude oil.“Methane is the main component of natural gas and a climate pollutant many times more potent than carbon dioxide, especially in the near-term,” Bennet and other lawmakers wrote in a statement. “Deploying all technically feasible measures now could cut methane pollution in half by 2030, slowing climate change and avoiding up to a quarter degree of warming by midcentury. To have a chance of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees, we must seize every opportunity to reduce these emissions in the near term.”In 2016, a two-year study released by NASA confirmed that energy extraction practices were responsible for the methane hot spot found over the Four Corners. A previous argument made the case that the emissions were from natural steeps, but it was found that most of them were related to industrial facilities.This discovery led to demands for legislation and regulations to reduce emissions. In 2016, the Obama administration adopted regulations similar to those originally passed by Colorado. Colorado was the first state to pass state-level regulations on methane emissions and pollution in the oil and gas sectors. The Trump administration rolled them back but they were restored in May 2021 by a bipartisan vote in Congress.While the lawmakers are satisfied with the restoration of the regulations, they wrote that the issue of older wells has been ignored. According to the letter, marginal or low-production wells leak at a similar rate as active wells, even though they are exempt from the regulations.24001600Andrew Thorpe, with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, powers up a thermal camera imaging system in 2016 next to a storage tank at a natural-gas facility near Aztec. Researchers were in the Four Corners working on a collaborative study to reveal the cause of the methane concentration over the area. (Shaun Stanley/PBS NewsHour file)A 2021 study conducted by McGill University found that the annual methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells have been underestimated. U.S. estimates are about 20% below actual levels, according to the study.“These wells represent a majority of the nation’s fleet, just a small percentage of oil and gas production, and about half of the methane emissions from the industry,” Bennet and others wrote in the letter. “We urge EPA to eliminate the low-production well exemption and ensure these wells are subject to rigorous leak-detection and repair requirements.”In 2020, according to state data, there were 17,196 inactive wells, producing less than one barrel of oil each day.Some of the other measures the letter outlines include frequent traditional and advanced monitoring; subjecting all wells to leak-detection and repair requirements; eliminating the practice of routine flaring; and preventing abandoned wells.Gwen Lachelt, a former La Plata County commissioner, is executive director of the Western Leaders Network, a nonprofit comprising over 450 officials who support conservation policies.Having seen the public health effects it has had on people in Durango and the surrounding area, specifically with the region consistently receiving a low grade by the American Lung Association because of ozone, Lachelt is happy legislators are focusing on more ways to reduce methane emissions than just focusing on oil and gas facilities.“Orphaned and abandoned wells are a huge problem,” she said. “We’ve got to include cleanup of those wells with this big focus, and there are a few bills out there, like Sen. Bennet’s bill and Sen. Lujan’s bill. They would all address the old and abandoned wells. You can’t say that we are going to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas facilities and then leave out what could be tens of thousands, if not more, abandoned wells.”24001507This photograph of a laptop computer screen in 2016 shows a storage tank spewing methane gas next to a natural-gas facility near Aztec, as seen from a thermal camera imaging system operated by Andrew Thorpe of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (Shaun Stanley/PBS NewsHour file photo)Dan Haley, president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, said Colorado’s specific statewide regulations were effective. But he doesn’t believe nationwide regulations and mandates are beneficial.“Hard and heavy top-down mandates only serve to divide and frustrate people, and may not produce beneficial outcomes,” Haley told The Durango Herald. “Every state and every basin faces different challenges where one size doesn’t fit all.”728601The San Juan BasinThe San Juan Basin is an example of a basin that is affected by the activities of different states, and it is home to the highest concentration of methane pollution in the U.S.Bordering New Mexico and Colorado, each state has different laws and regulations regarding methane emissions. While Colorado is ahead of other states in regulations, New Mexico recently proposed tougher regulations on the oil and gas sectors.New Mexico is ranked second in the U.S. for oil and gas production.Christi Zeller, executive director of the La Plata County Energy Council, said varying state laws and regulations, like stricter methane rules in Colorado but laxer guidelines in New Mexico, do not have much of an impact on methane emissions in the San Juan Basin.“The methane cloud over Durango has not been a matter of fact, any of the leakage. That’s the headline, but that’s not the truth,” Zeller said. “You cannot paint the U.S. emission regulations with one stroke nationwide when you can’t recognize different basins’ products.”Zeller said La Plata County is capturing methane in the basin because it is the only product. She said the nationwide laws wouldn’t affect the emissions levels because they already follow Colorado’s stricter laws. However, most of the emissions come from New Mexico.0VideoYouTube480360According to a study conducted by the EPA and New Mexico’s Environmental Department, the San Juan Basin’s leak rate was 3% in 2020. The Environmental Department said the leaks in the Permian and San Juan basins were “higher-than-expected leak rates” at the time the study was released.“The emissions, which mostly result from equipment failures and unaddressed leaks, documented during the flyovers in the Permian and San Juan Basins are significantly higher than those reported by industry and are in line with those identified by non-governmental organizations and academia,” according to the news release issued in December 2020.The Southern Ute Indian Tribe also voluntarily captures and processes methane emissions from underground coal beds, eliminating 23,000 to 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year, according to the Colorado Carbon Fund.Emelie Frojen has seen the impact emissions have had across the Four Corners. At San Juan Citizens Alliance, she advocates for nationwide environmental standards.“Air pollution doesn’t stay within state lines, and what goes on between neighboring states also affects Colorado,” she said. “So we are actively engaged in state level and some federal level rule-making processes.”Currently, there are more than 30,000 wells in the basin but some are inactive. The Bureau of Land Management and New Mexico laws require companies to secure bonds to comply with regulations, including plugging wells. Colorado launched a massive cleanup of abandoned wells throughout La Plata County in 2020.Bennet introduced legislation in June to clean up orphaned wells while strengthening bonding requirements.“Methane regulations mean a lot for our community in helping us fight climate change, with droughts and fires, just to name a few, and the Four Corners is particularly vulnerable to climate change and we have to be a leader on methane issues for the resilience of our community,” Frojen said.Kelsey Carolan is an intern for The Durango Herald and The Journal in Cortez and a senior graduating in December 2021 at American University in Washington, D.C.
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Fall colors in the San Juan MountainsTrees are not the only colors appearing this fall in the Missionary Ridge Fire burn area. Many plants and grasses add their changing colors to the mix Wednesday on Missionary Ridge. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10671600Trees are not the only colors appearing this fall in the Missionary Ridge Fire burn but many plants and grasses add their changing colors on Wednesday on Missionary Ridge. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1425950Engineer Mountain behind fall colors Thursday near Coal Bank and Molas passes. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10671600Gambel oak in the sunshine Wednesday in the Missionary Ridge Fire burn area. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11111600Engineer Mountain behind changing fall colors Wednesday in the Missionary Ridge Fire burn area. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9941600The Missionary Ridge Fire burn area is full of changing aspen trees and Gambel oak Wednesday north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11791600The Missionary Ridge Fire burn area is full of changing aspen trees and Gambel oak Wednesday north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10231600Gambel oak in the sunshine Wednesday in the Missionary Ridge Fire burn area. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10571600Aspen trees put on a dramatic show Thursday near Coal Bank and Molas passes. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11901600The Missionary Ridge Fire burn area is full of changing aspen trees and Gambel oak Wednesday north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9801600A car and colorful aspen trees reflect in a puddle Thursday on Old Lime Creek Road. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10091600The Missionary Ridge Fire burn area is full of changing aspen trees and Gambel oak Wednesday north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10371600Aspen trees and Gambel oak begin to change colors Thursday near Coal Bank and Molas passes in the San Juan Mountains north of Durango. A prolonged drought, aided by plentiful monsoons, are expected to create ideal conditions for fall colors this year in Southwest Colorado. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10571600Thousands of dead trees still stand in the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire burn area north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10231600This year’s aspen trees along Coal Bank and Molas passes make for colorful photos Thursday along U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10961600Aspen trees and Gambel oak begin to change colors Thursday near Coal Bank and Molas passes in the San Juan Mountains north of Durango. A prolonged drought, aided by plentiful monsoons, are expected to create ideal conditions for fall colors this year in Southwest Colorado. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1425950Fall-like temperatures with changing leaves make for good hiking weather Thursday on Old Lime Creek Road. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald12131600Aspen trees begin to change colors Thursday around Coal Bank and Molas passes in the San Juan Mountains north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10181600This year’s aspen trees along Coal Bank and Molas passes make for colorful photos Thursday along U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10171600Aspen trees begin to change colors Thursday around Coal Bank and Molas passes in the San Juan Mountains north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald7941600Aspen trees and Gambel oak begin to change colors Thursday near Coal Bank and Molas passes in the San Juan Mountains north of Durango. A prolonged drought, aided by plentiful monsoons, are expected to create ideal conditions for fall colors this year in Southwest Colorado. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10731600A prolonged drought, aided by plentiful monsoons, are expected to create ideal conditions for fall colors this year in Southwest Colorado. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10671600A prolonged drought, aided by plentiful monsoons, are expected to create ideal conditions for fall colors this year in Southwest Colorado. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9821600A prolonged drought, aided by plentiful monsoons, are expected to create ideal conditions for fall colors this year in Southwest Colorado. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10391600Thousands of dead trees still stand in the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire burn area north of Durango. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald37245760
16001503Eli Tomac of Cortez on Saturday won one of two motos at Hangtown in Sacramento, California, to move into second place overall as the 2021 Lucas Oil AMA Motocross series concluded.Eli Tomac’s second-half push propels him to No. 2 finish in motocross seriesCortez rider benefits from strong riding, Roczen crash Eli Tomac of Cortez on Saturday capped a comeback season with a fourth-place finish and a win at Hangtown to overtake Ken Roczen in the motocross standings and finish second overall.Dylan Ferrandis, the rookie sensation in the 450cc class, won the 2021 title.Entering Hangtown Raceway in Sacramento, California, nine points behind Roczen, Tomac set up a strong race day with a fourth-place finish in Moto 1. He started the race in fifth place and passed Christian Craig in Lap 2. Roczen grabbed the early lead over Ferrandis. Cooper Webb was in third.In Lap 6, Tomac raced nearly 2 seconds faster than Webb and passed him for third. Then, with the leaders in his sights, Tomac laid down the fastest lap of the race in Lap 7, at 2 minutes, 14.5 seconds – nearly 2 seconds faster than Ferrandis’ time.His charge was short-lived, however. He crashed in Lap 8, and finished fourth after Webb regained third place. Ferrandis overtook Roczen for the lead and eventual victory in Lap 10. “I felt like I was gonna be able to catch those guys, and of course just missed my one main line,” Tomac said in a post-race interview. “And I washed my front end out.”He also said he injured his thumb in the crash, which hindered his speed after he remounted his bike. 16781133Eli Tomac prepares to race.Part 2 of the race day storyTomac got his break in Moto 2.He avoided a crash at the first turn, which snagged Ferrandis and Roczen. Ferrandis dropped to 23rd place after Lap 1, and Roczen dropped out of the race altogether.Tomac finished Lap 1 in fourth place and passed Max Anstie for third in Lap 3 while Craig and Webb raced for the lead.It was the green light that he’d been waiting for.Webb and Tomac passed Craig in Lap 5 and engaged in a duel for first. Tomac posted his fastest lap in Lap 8, and passed Webb for the lead and eventual victory with seven laps to go.Ferrandis ran perhaps the most striking comeback race of the season. After crashing in the first turn, Ferrandis started Lap 2 in 23rd place. But he charged into sixth place in Lap 5 and into third in the 14th of 15 laps.Ferrandis’ combination of a first and third in the two motos gave him the overall victory, his sixth of the 12-race season. Tomac was second overall, with a fourth and first, and Webb was third, with a third and second.Tomac’s victory in the second moto gave him his sixth moto win of the season and his third since winning the second of two motos in the Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on Aug. 28.It also capped the end of a surge that gained momentum in the second half of the series.0VideoYouTube480360The second half of the seasonSince racing in Washougal, Washington, on July 24, Tomac was on the moto podium nine out of 12 tries. In the first half, he was on the podium just four times.He started the second half in fourth place overall, two points behind Justin Barcia at 207-205, and 25 points behind runner-up Roczen at 230-205. Ferrandis led with 262 points.This season, Tomac won two of the 12 races and finished on the podium 13 times. His average finish during the first half of the season was 5.5. In the second half, he cut that average to 2.6, for an average of 4.1 for the entire season.Ferrandis, the rookie for Yamaha who made the leap to the 450cc class this year, won eight of the season’s 24 motos, and finished on the podium 22 times. His average finish was 2.1.Roczen won seven motos and was on the podium 15 times. His average finish for the season was 6.1.What’s next?Tomac can’t comment until Oct. 1, when his contract with Monster Energy Kawasaki expires, but insiders say he’ll join the Star Racing Yamaha team. The move would give Star Yamaha Ferrandis and Tomac, the top two finishers in the 2021 AMA Motocross series.On Saturday, Tomac said he had mixed feelings about leaving the Kawasaki “family,” and though he and the team were on good speaking terms, he was “pretty emotional.” “It was tough that way today, leaving the track, but, um you know, it’s this life-goes-on kind of thing, and that's all you can do.” Tomac’s move helped set in motion a series of changes.Jason Anderson of Albuquerque, who had talked with Star Yamaha, likely will take Tomac’s place on Monster Energy Kawasaki. Aaron Plessinger, on the way out at Star Racing Yamaha, likely will go to Red Bull KTM, and Malcolm Stewart has signed with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna.And after that? The Monster Energy Supercross season begins Jan. 8 in Anaheim, California, and Tomac, who first raced in 2010, will be there.“I still have the itch for chasing green flags and checkered flags and being on the start line,” Tomac said Saturday. “I still like to do it, so that's it: I still like to do it. I still enjoy trying to win races and trying to be the best guy. So, um, that's why I'm still around. “
Cortez rider benefits from strong riding, Roczen crash
Local first responders honor fallen in stair climb on 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacksThe annual stair climbing event at Fort Lewis College started and finished at the top of the Sky Steps at FLC on Saturday. The event honors the 412 emergency workers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Each participant climbed the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10961600jm@durangoherald.comFirefighters and law enforcement, family members and friends make their way down and up the Sky Steps on Saturday morning at Fort Lewis College during the annual stair climbing event in honor of the 412 emergency workers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11021600jm@durangoherald.comSome take a moment to rest or think about why they are climbing the Sky Steps on Saturday morning during the annual stair climbing event in honor of the 412 emergency workers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1540950jm@durangoherald.comWater and Gatorade was handed out during the annual stair climbing event at Fort Lewis College on the Sky Steps that participants climbed five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1118950jm@durangoherald.comA dousing of water was welcome during the annual stair climbing event at Fort Lewis College on the Sky Steps. Above average temperatures added to the difficulty of completing the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1425950jm@durangoherald.comFirefighters, law enforcement, family members and friends make their way down and up the Sky Steps on Saturday morning during the annual stair climbing event at Fort Lewis College. The event honors the 412 emergency workers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Each participant climbed the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10671600jm@durangoherald.comAbove average temperatures during the annual stair climbing event on the Sky Steps at Fort Lewis College added to the difficulty of completing the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)10121600jm@durangoherald.comFirefighters, law enforcement, family members and friends make their way down and up the Sky Steps on Saturday morning during the annual stair climbing event at Fort Lewis College. The event honors the 412 emergency workers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Each participant climbed the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9311300jm@durangoherald.comA dousing of water was welcome during the annual stair climbing event at Fort Lewis College on the Sky Steps. Above average temperatures added to the difficulty of completing the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1545950jm@durangoherald.comFirefighters, law enforcement, family members and friends make their way down and up the Sky Steps on Saturday morning during the annual stair climbing event at Fort Lewis College. The event honors the 412 emergency workers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Each participant climbed the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10671600jm@durangoherald.comThe annual stair climbing event at Fort Lewis College started and finished at the top of the Sky Steps at FLC on Saturday. The event honors the 412 emergency workers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Each participant climbed the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11141600jm@durangoherald.comGus Elbert, a Durango Fire Protection District firefighter, is cooled down with water after he completed the annual stair climbing event on the Sky Steps at Fort Lewis College. Participants climbed the steps five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1339950jm@durangoherald.comFirefighters, law enforcement, family members and friends make their way down and up the Sky Steps on Saturday morning during the annual stair climbing event at Fort Lewis College. The event honors the 412 emergency workers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Each participant climbed the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10711600jm@durangoherald.comFirefighters, law enforcement, family members and friends make their way down and up the Sky Steps on Saturday morning during the annual stair climbing event at Fort Lewis College. The event honors the 412 emergency workers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Each participant climbed the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10561600jm@durangoherald.comFirefighters, law enforcement, family members and friends make their way down and up the Sky Steps on Saturday morning during the annual stair climbing event at Fort Lewis College. The event honors the 412 emergency workers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Each participant climbed the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10671600jm@durangoherald.comFirefighters, law enforcement, family members and friends make their way down and up the Sky Steps on Saturday morning during the annual stair climbing event at Fort Lewis College. The event honors the 412 emergency workers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Each participant climbed the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald9921600jm@durangoherald.comFirefighters, law enforcement, family members and friends make their way down and up the Sky Steps on Saturday morning during the annual stair climbing event at Fort Lewis College. The event honors the 412 emergency workers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Each participant climbed the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald1320950jm@durangoherald.comFirefighters, law enforcement, family members and friends make their way down and up the Sky Steps on Saturday morning during the annual stair climbing event at Fort Lewis College. The event honors the 412 emergency workers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Each participant climbed the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald10671600jm@durangoherald.comChief Bob Brammer with the Durango Police Department and officers participated in the annual stair climbing event Saturday on the Sky Steps at Fort Lewis College. The event honors the 412 emergency workers who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Each participant climbed the stairs five times to simulate climbing the World Trade Center’s 110 flights of stairs. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald11401600

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