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

As drought conditions worsened on the Western Slope, the National Weather Service has issued its first “extremely critical” fire danger warning in 15 years for northwest Colorado. The warning, in effect through midnight, covers parts of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties that also are in a state of “exceptional drought,” according to the weekly U.S. […]

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

Land grab or precious-resource preservation? The battle over where the truth  ̶  and where Westerners’ hearts  ̶  lie on that matter is rumbling through Colorado counties as a federal government initiative nicknamed 30×30 gains momentum, and opposition. Colorado has become the beachhead in a Texas-based group’s efforts to use local governments to thwart the Biden […]

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1-year-old dies after woman and her two children become stranded in Colorado wilderness

CRAIG — A woman and her two children were found Thursday by aircraft after they spent two nights in the northwestern Colorado wilderness, authorities said. The Moffat County sheriff’s office said Kaylee Messerly, 36, and her daughter, 3, were taken to the hospital with exposure-related injuries, KCNC-TV reported. The 1-year-old daughter died before the family was […]

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In rural Colorado, one town is looking to its community college to help survive the end of coal

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Even in the dark of night, chalky smoke from the coal power plant looms over Craig. For generations, coal has been a constant in this northwestern Colorado city. But by 2030, the Craig Station stacks will go quiet as Colorado shifts to renewable energy. Coal has fueled not only Colorado’s […]

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Northwest Colorado gets a gigabit broadband boost from U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Yampa Valley Electric Association became the first Colorado-based entity to receive a federal ReConnect grant to build better broadband service in rural communities. The rural electric co-op, which currently offers its Luminate Fiber broadband service in Craig and Hayden, received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture program. It will use […]

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Colorado child protection caseworker under investigation for falsifying reports about checking on kids, at-risk adults

At first, the child protection worker’s supervisor noticed missing notes in a handful of cases of alleged abuse and neglect.  Then more cases looked suspicious, as if the caseworker’s details about checking on children and their families weren’t actually true. After an outside team — a crew of 15 caseworkers from nine counties — was […]

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Colorado oil and gas emissions rules begin to tighten, but gaps open over what is monitored, by whom and where

Colorado is moving to tighten air emissions from a range of oil and gas activities – including hydrofracturing or fracking – with a general consensus among industry, environmental and community groups. In two days of testimony before the state’s Air Quality Control Commission there was general support for proposed rules covering fracking and drilling, internal […]