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From sky to bedrock, researchers near Crested Butte are resetting what we know about water in the West

CRESTED BUTTE – Eight white shipping containers, instruments spouting from the tops of some and a generator humming away in another, sit in the East River valley, on the outskirts of this mountain town, pulling data out of the air. The containers, a “mobile atmospheric observatory,” will gather bits of information over the next two […]

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Crested Butte’s new camping rules are restoring resources and producing few complaints — so far

CRESTED BUTTE — On a Saturday morning at the end of July, Aaron Drendel, a recreation staff officer with the U.S. Forest Service’s Gunnison Ranger District, walked through Musicians’ Camp, a group camping area along the Slate River. Recent rain seemed to have scared some campers away, leaving several sites empty, but Drendel was focused […]

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A world-renowned climate research site near Crested Butte is now protected by a conservation easement

The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic has spent almost a century working to protect pristine swaths of wild lands. The research site, which draws scientists from across the globe every summer and ranks among the world’s largest, oldest and most productive field stations, now is permanently protecting its entire 270-acre research site. As part […]

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How will Western water be affected by climate change? A tiny Colorado flower may have the answer

The question biologist Heidi Steltzer is trying to answer is this: How much water does the tiny prairie smoke – a diaphanous pink mountain flower – send into the sky? The answer could say a lot about how much water cities from Denver to Los Angeles will have as a changing climate tampers with the […]