Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: What we should learn from the beef over MeatOut Day

Pastoralism, the practice of raising livestock for food, has sustained human populations, grassland ecosystems and biodiversity around the world since Neolithic times. Not only does well-managed livestock grazing produce meat, a nutrient-dense protein source important to human health, it is also an essential economic and ecological tool in maintaining healthy landscapes, clean air, water, wildlife […]

Posted inColoradans, Economy, News, Politics and Government

Animal cruelty initiative aggravates Colorado ranchers fresh off MeatOut Day controversy

Coloradans who participated in the great, governor-inspired meat battle of 2021 either tore into a juicy steak Saturday or opted for a vegan burger and a side of veggies.  But last weekend’s fight, prompted by Gov. Jared Polis’ proclamation of MeatOut Day, was nothing compared to a brewing battle over what ranchers are calling the […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, Coloradans, Environment

San Luis Valley ranchers see dividends in saving water for fish. Are they on to something?

  Nathan Coombs, a burly alfalfa farmer in the San Luis Valley, never imagined he would trust an environmentalist enough to have a beer with one, much less partner with one to improve habitat for fish in the region’s rivers and streams. As manager of the Conejos Water Conservancy District, Coombs cares first and foremost […]

Posted inColoradans, Education, Growth, Opinion, Opinion Columns, Politics and Government

Opinion: Former Agriculture Commissioner Peter Decker fought for equity for rural Colorado

“Morgan, Roy wants me to be Commissioner of Agriculture. What do I do?” Peter Decker asked. It was 1987 and Gov. Roy Romer was about to announce this appointment. “Get out to rural Colorado,” I answered, having served as commissioner several years earlier. “Go to those Farm Bureau and Farmers Union dinners. Show rural Colorado […]

Posted inSunLit, SunLit Interviews

C. Joseph Greaves’ Colorado friends asked, “When are you going to write about here?” This book is the answer.

C. Joseph Greaves is an honors graduate of both the University of Southern California and Boston College Law School who spent 25 years as an L.A. trial lawyer before becoming a writer.  He has been a finalist for most of the major awards in crime fiction including the Shamus, Macavity, Lefty, and Audie, as well […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, News

Even with beef plants staying open, reduced capacity means Colorado ranchers feel the coronavirus pinch

To be a cattle rancher in Colorado is to expect setbacks.  There are droughts and fires and economic volatility. There are snowstorms and tornadoes and tricky equipment. There are changing consumer demands. But rarely do the stumbling blocks line up one after another and all at once the way they have now with the crisis […]

Posted inUncategorized

Union demands better conditions at Greeley beef plant as coronavirus outbreak worsens, draws White House’s attention

The union representing 3,000 workers at a Greeley meatpacking plant is demanding better conditions at the facility after an outbreak of the new coronavirus that has sickened dozens and killed at least two. The union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, asked Gov. Jared Polis to shutter the plant for at least seven days […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, News, Outdoors

West Slope lawmaker tries to pump the brakes on Colorado wolf reintroduction

State Sen. Kerry Donovan wants to slow the roll on wolf reintroduction.  The Vail Democrat, who represents seven Western Slope counties, has crafted legislation she hopes to submit on Friday that allows Colorado Parks and Wildlife to manage wolves, but would postpone any reintroduction efforts until money is found to reimburse ranchers who lose livestock […]