From The Durango Herald (Dale Rodebaugh):
A committee that took on the job of developing recreation at Lake Nighthorse is negotiating with a consultant to produce a skeletal plan that would lead to a fleshed-out version focusing on a timetable, cost and public benefit. Two hours of talks Friday between members of an Animas La Plata Water Conservancy District subcommittee and Ann Christensen, the principal in Durango-based DHM Design, left many issues up in the air. The water district in March decided to develop recreation at Lake Nighthorse after Colorado State Parks, La Plata County and the city of Durango wished them well but said they had no money for the project. The cost of a blueprint for recreation – including camping, boating, angling and trail systems for hikers, bikers and equestrians – ranges from $150,000 to $200,000. In 2000, State Parks estimated recreational amenities could cost about $25 million. Ongoing operations and maintenance would be additional.