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Aspen area seeing a rise in bike crashes — and an increasing portion are with e-bikes

By Laurine Lassalle, Aspen Journalism Pitkin County and Aspen have been seeing an increase in bike and e-bike accidents over the past five years, according to data from Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and the Aspen Police Department. As a result, Aspen Valley Hospital’s trauma department is seeing more patients with severe bike injuries […]

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Water releases from an already low Blue Mesa Reservoir will prop up Lake Powell

By Heather Sackett, Aspen Journalism BLUE MESA RESERVOIR — In an effort to prop up water levels at the declining Lake Powell, federal water managers are negatively impacting recreation on Colorado’s biggest man-made lake. That’s the message from Colorado water managers and marina operators at Blue Mesa Reservoir in Gunnison County. On Aug. 1, the […]

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Low water forecast for Ruedi Reservoir near Aspen threatens hydropower, water deliveries

By Heather Sackett, Aspen Journalism Water levels at Ruedi Reservoir could fall so low this winter that the city of Aspen could have difficulty making hydro-electric power and those who own water in the reservoir could see shortages. That’s according to projections by the Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the reservoir near the headwaters of […]

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Bird count examines what happens when high-country Colorado irrigators use less water

By Heather Sackett, Aspen Journalism KREMMLING — In the gray light of dawn, hundreds of swallows darted over a pool of standing water in an irrigated field along the Colorado River. The birds were attracted to the early-morning mosquitos swarming the saturated landscape. Bill Vetter, a wildlife biologist with Wyoming-based Precision Wildlife Resources, methodically counted […]

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A northwest Colorado town is betting on the Yampa River to help it transition away from a coal economy

By Heather Sackett, Aspen Journalism CRAIG — With the impending closure of coal mines and power plants in northwest Colorado, Craig officials and river enthusiasts are hoping a long-overlooked natural resource just south of town can help create economic resilience. The city has applied for a $1.8 million grant from the federal Economic Development Agency […]

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Estimates of future Upper Colorado River Basin water use confound planning, report shows

By Heather Sackett, Aspen Journalism Some water experts fear that a long-held aspiration to develop more water in the Upper Colorado River Basin is creating another chance to let politics and not science lead the way on river management. “Alternative Management Paradigms for the Future of the Colorado and Green Rivers,” a white paper released […]