Posted inEducation, Environment, Growth, Outdoors, Politics and Government, Water

After decades of negotiations, restoration efforts on Colorado’s heavily diverted Fraser River are showing signs of success

For decades, the Fraser River has struggled with low flows, rising stream temperatures, sediment build-up, plummeting fish populations and degrading aquatic habitats due in large part to Front Range water diversions that drain 65% of the river. But after years of heated negotiations — and the formation of a partnership between environmentalists, Grand County officials […]

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There’s an app for that: How two rural Colorado counties reached more kids with developmental delays

By Anne Schimke, Chalkbeat Colorado A decade ago young children who missed key developmental milestones — like walking or talking — too often fell through the cracks in northern Colorado’s Grand and Jackson counties. Some were never screened for delays as babies or toddlers. Others were screened, but not referred to the right place for […]

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Lawsuits, lenders and irked homeowners creating chaos around the sale of Granby Ranch ski resort

As an unnamed buyer circles Grand County’s privately owned Granby Ranch ski area, a roiling circus of family, lenders and homeowners is assailing resort owner Marise Cipriani. It’s not a pretty scene at the picturesque 5,000-acre ski and golf resort along the Fraser River, which Brazilian developer Cipriani has owned since 1995 and put on […]

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Cabin, RV and glamping resort promises to transform Granby as development wave rolls through Grand County

GRANBY — From atop a snowy knoll along the icy headwaters of the Colorado River, Derek Wilson beckons across a field of beeping, growling earthmovers. “Really, our plan is about what people want,” says Wilson, an executive with Sun Communities, the nation’s largest builder of manufactured home communities that is betting big on the expanding […]

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Wildfires in Colorado cost $130 million in 2018. Here are the details, down to the $40 daily rate on portable toilets.

KREMMLING — Dozens of empty tents staked on dried-up, end-of-summer grass rustled in a wind-whipped cow pasture north of town. Fire camp was nearly deserted, as the hundreds of crew members working to contain the Silver Creek wildfire had been gone since just after breakfast, fueled by fried eggs, sausage and potatoes. In the distance, […]