An ambitious plan to revitalize one of Denver’s poorest neighborhoods displaced 1,000 people. Fewer than 20% have returned as rebuilding drags on.
Every summer in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, a long, high desert valley ringed by mountains, Jose Martinez watches in admiration as water flows from an irrigation pipe across the contours of his land, feeding the 8 acres of alfalfa he grows near his home in San Francisco, a town of fewer than 90 people. The […]
TOWAOC — In late June, Simon Martinez drove along one of the dirt roads crisscrossing the parched rocky shrubland on the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm & Ranch Enterprise, a 7,700-acre agricultural operation owned by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in the far southwestern corner of Colorado. In normal times, he would be driving past […]
For the past five years, Susana Martinez Oliva has dreaded the onset of winter in Colorado. She lives in a mobile home with her husband and six children in the Dotsero Mobile Home Park, alongside Interstate 70 near the eastern edge of Glenwood Canyon, a cold, windy corridor over 6,000 feet high in the mountains. […]