Growth

Environment Primary category in which blog post is published

Arizona joins Colorado River drought plan just before federal deadline in effort to keep reservoirs from draining too low

The nightmare scenario for Arizona, California, Nevada and Mexico — which draw from Lake Mead — is a phenomenon called "dead pool," in which the level of the lake's surface falls below the gates that let water out

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

Montrose wants a piece of Colorado’s $62.5 billion outdoor recreation economy with new 150-acre business campus

Layers of federal, state, city incentives luring outdoor companies, including one of Colorado’s first Opportunity Zone investment projects

Environment Primary category in which blog post is published

Colorado, 5 other Western states are against a deadline for Colorado River drought plan

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expects full agreement Thursday. If the deadline isn't met, the agency will ask states to weigh in on how the overtaxed river water should be allocated ahead of its shortage projections in August.

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

Ouray’s iconic ice park has a plan for its future that could be a blueprint for other troubled Western wonders

Ouray Ice Park to remain volunteer-managed under new plan after a thorny proposal to shift management to the city. Fees for groups could become a model for pay-to-play in popular recreation areas.

Energy Primary category in which blog post is published

Broomfield neighborhood sues to stop Colorado law that allows oil and gas under its homes to be drilled without consent

Federal lawsuit takes aim at “forced pooling” rule designed to make extraction more efficient. Wildgrass homeowners say its being used to run roughshod over them.

Business Primary category in which blog post is published

Dollar stores — 18 of them — have filled in gaps as conventional grocers pulled up stakes in Pueblo

Economic developers acknowledge an uneasy relationship with deep-discounters as Pueblo's economy tries to rebound

Growth Primary category in which blog post is published

Affordable housing crisis threatens vitality of Colorado’s high-country economies

First-ever Mountain Housing Summit looks for ways to move developers toward “missing middle” projects, and that may mean focusing on wealth creation rather than wealth extraction

Growth Primary category in which blog post is published

Cripple Creek is poised for a casino building boom, but some worry that the town’s history will be sacrificed

The seemingly sudden burst of casino company plans to add about 500 new hotel rooms, spas and upscale restaurants to Cripple Creek has people talking about the town’s potential