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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

Northwest Colorado under “extremely critical” fire warning for first time in 15 years as Western Slope drought worsens

About 45% of Colorado, all west of the Continental Divide, now in some state of drought

Environment

Hard-right rooted group has made inroads in Colorado opposing Biden’s vision for public lands

The federal agenda for preserving 30% of public land and water by 2030 hasn’t been finalized, yet at least four Colorado counties, spurred by the daughter of the original Sagebrush Rebels, have signaled resistance.

Politics and Government

People fly to Cortez for coronavirus vaccines, but some who live in southwest Colorado can’t reach a clinic

By the end of March about 43% of Coloradans who had received their first doses, and had addresses on file, got those shots outside of their home county. At least 60,000 of them traveled more than 50 miles for a shot.

Coronavirus

Colorado teachers want a voice as schools plan for fall classes during coronavirus crisis

Many teachers hope to be with their students, but also have deep concerns about how to bring back in-person learning safely

Education

Ute tribes reimagine Bear Dances, a key ceremony of renewal, as coronavirus locks down Colorado reservations

As Colorado eases coronavirus restrictions, Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute tribal councils have voted to maintain strict protective measures

Culture

Rural Colorado sees more broadband options coming online. But getting up to speed is taking longer than anticipated in some areas.

The expansion goes nicely with the state’s goal to get rural Colorado up to speed -- to 92% by June from 87% today

Technology

An apple revival near Four Corners is restoring hundreds of historic fruits — and the local ag economy

Using DNA testing in southwest Colorado, the Montezuma Orchard Restoration project welcomes back apple varieties like Winter Banana, Blue Pearmain, Ben Davis and Esopus Spitzenburg — and businesses are sprouting around them.

Business

White House threatens veto of CORE Act, the massive Colorado public lands bill splitting the state’s congressional delegation

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Cortez Republican whose district would be most affected by the bill, also says he cannot support the legislation in its current form and will be voting against it

Environment

Centennial just became Colorado’s largest city to launch an alternative broadband service. What about the other 100+ that voted to control their internet destiny?

As communities vote to opt out of the 2005 law preventing them from offering broadband, many are discovering that voting was the easy part

Business