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Ethics complaints from mountain counties spur probe of state Division of Property Taxation

The Department of Local Affairs will hire a law firm to investigate the Colorado Division of Property Taxation after Eagle, La Plata and San Miguel counties made ethics complaints against the state agency’s top two directors.  The move averted a call for state auditors to probe the claim that a too-cozy relationship between the state […]

Posted inCOVID, Environment, News, Outdoors, Wildfire

Extreme drought conditions, coronavirus have Colorado wildfire managers anxious

High temperatures and an early snowmelt are causing growing drought worries in Colorado and have firefighters bracing for an unpredictable summer already complicated by the coronavirus. At least 76% of Colorado now is experiencing drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, with 11% of the state, mostly in southeast and south-central regions, under extreme […]

Posted inColoradans, Environment, News, Water

Colorado said a quirky artesian mountain spring has to be capped. Residents are trying one last Hail Mary to save it.

TELLER COUNTY — Nearly three months after the deadline state officials set to cap it, Wesley Wigfall pulled up to Colorado’s quirkiest water source with a car full of 5-gallon jugs. He’s been making this trip every two or three weeks for years, driving up the windy roads from his home in Colorado Springs to […]

Posted inColoradans, Environment, News, Outdoors, Water

The fierce fight over an artesian spring in southern Colorado provides a glimpse of coming water wars

TELLER COUNTY — Until Colorado water authorities announced a plan to cap it and locals started a petition drive to save it, the little spring at Gillette Flats never inspired much reflection. No one knows when someone first stuck a pipe in the ground to tap the water burbling up a few miles north of […]