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Sarah Tory

In the San Luis Valley, a community fights for its land, water and way of life

Acequia communities in the southern San Luis Valley have so far resisted temptation to sell their precious water rights for use by growing Front Range cities drawing from the Arkansas River.

Environment

As drought in the West worsens, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Colorado faces a dwindling water supply

Hay and corn production is down, and the Ute Mountain Ute Farm & Ranch Enterprise had to let go 50% of its employees, half of whom are tribal members who live in Towaoc, the tribe's headquarters and main town on their reservation.

Environment

Utility bills burn through paychecks for thousands of Coloradans

Families trying to balance rising utility bills against stagnant or declining income sometimes use risky strategies to keep their homes warm during frigid weather.

Climate