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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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The Palisade Plunge (and its 6,000-foot descent) will be one of Colorado’s crown jewels

GRAND JUNCTION — Perched on basalt boulders at the end of a path freshly carved through a jungle of scrub oak, Scott Winans is as close as ever to a 10-year goal that promises to highlight the recreational assets of his Grand Valley home turf.   “It’s been a lot of work to get here. A […]

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Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail stirs passions as final vote looms

The border-to-border rush to mine Colorado for recreation is built on a lattice of paths promising a future of fortune. Trails are pitched as the fuel for rural economies, fostering an appreciation of Colorado’s public lands and luring employees seeking an outdoor lifestyle. But recreation, like the hard-rock mining that sparked Colorado’s economy for decades, […]