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Farmers on Rio Grande in New Mexico face early water cutoff for second straight year

The Oct. 1 shutoff means winter crops are at risk

Climate

New Mexico marijuana legalization poses a serious threat to Colorado’s lucrative border-town pot shops

Trinidad, Antonito and San Luis are towns along the Colorado-New Mexico border that have clusters of cannabis shops that could go up in smoke. How will local governments that rely on marijuana tax revenue fare?

Business

New Mexico primed to join Colorado, other U.S. states as part of recreational marijuana wave

The New Mexico initiative would reconsider criminal drug sentences for about 100 prisoners, and give the governor a strong hand in licensing the industry and monitoring supplies

Business

Navajo Nation, New Mexico reach settlements over Gold King Mine spill

Under the settlement with the Navajo Nation, Sunnyside Gold Corp. — a subsidiary of Canada’s Kinross Gold — will pay the tribe $10 million

Environment

Oil companies lock in drilling on western public lands, challenging Joe Biden on climate

In Colorado, a dozen permits are approved or pending to drill in Pawnee National Grassland, a birding destination where wildflowers and cactuses bloom below the buttes

Energy

With no action by Congress, Colorado and other states are racing to offer coronavirus aid

The Democratic governors of Colorado and New Mexico convened special legislative sessions in the closing days of November to address the virus-related emergency

Politics and Government

After lawsuit from Colorado and other states, Utah asks Trump administration to delay decision on tapping Lake Powell

Utah cited the need to consider roughly 14,000 public comments on a draft environmental impact statement, released in June by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, for the Lake Powell pipeline project

Environment

Trinidad’s Temple Aaron seemed destined to die. But the 131-year-old Jewish synagogue’s fate was never sealed.

A group of strangers, unwilling to let Temple Aaron fade away, stepped in to help keep the synagogue’s doors open. This weekend, when Rosh Hashanah begins, a few dozen Jews will pray there in person -- just as they have been doing for more than a century.

News

Water shortages in Lake Powell, Lake Mead likelier than previously thought

Compared with an average year, only 55% of Colorado River water is flowing from the Rocky Mountains down to Lake Powell on the Utah-Arizona line

Environment

Colorado, five other states promise lawsuits if feds fast-track approval of Utah’s Lake Powell Pipeline project

Decades of collaborative agreements between the states that rely on the Colorado River could be threatened by the Trump Administration plan to expedite review of Utah’s diversion project

Environment

Forrest Fenn, art dealer whose treasure sent hunters scouring the West, dies

Police confirmed Fenn died Monday of natural causes at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

News

How Colorado’s independent Wolf Creek ski area plans to navigate a coronavirus reopening

Unlike Vail Resorts, which last week announced a reservation system that requires pass holders to book high-season ski days well in advance, Wolf Creek is adjusting its pricing

Outdoors

Torrential storm, vibrations of holy energy arise from forbidden objects and places

In this excerpt, author John Nizalowski weaves an intricate tapestry, rich with detail, of ancient tradition that still speaks

Book Excerpts

Pocket of severe drought lingers over Southwest U.S., including Colorado

In all, nearly 70% of Colorado is abnormally dry or in moderate or severe drought,

Environment

How a Colorado College professor became a lightning rod for controversy by starting a global garlic war

Stanley Crawford brought on controversy in 2014 when he agreed to file a complaint against Harmoni International Spice, an American company that is owned by Chinese exporter Zhengzhou Harmoni Spice

News

A chance visit to two historic grave sites set in motion the author’s wish to cast Billy the Kid in her fiction

Many writers had explored the gunfighter's life. Diana Holguin-Balogh's challenge was to do so in a way no one had before her.

SunLit Interviews

An intimate bilingual encounter draws a storied gunfighter to a conflicted young woman

The steamy scene sets the stage for a work of historical fiction built around the exploits of Billy the Kid

Book Excerpts

A timeless story of hidden treasure led to another, tragic kind of search

This excerpt from writer Robert Sanchez's longform piece "Lost" typifies the exquisitely-told Colorado tales from this anthology of writing from 5280 magazine

Book Excerpts

The plan to protect the Colorado River still isn’t done. Now what?

Here's a look at river and the drought plan and why it matters

Environment

Excerpt: How museum collectors exploited Zuni poverty and damaged a civilization

In "Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits," author Chip Colwell explores the historical lust for artifacts and the fight to reclaim Native American culture

Book Excerpts