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San Luis Valley

Douglas County drops San Luis Valley plan for $828M idea to pipe South Platte water from Sterling

Parker Water has proposed to pipe 20,000 acre-feet in excess river water from northeastern Colorado to serve more than 300,000 people in the south metro suburbs


Welcome to Kush, Colorado, the new Napa Valley of weed if one entrepreneur has his way

Marijuana innovator Mike Biggio, co-owner of Area 420 cannabis business park, is trying to change Moffat’s name to Kush. Many locals are not on board.


Old practices, new frontiers: The revival of a shuttered drive-in starts a bold experiment in southern Colorado

Out-of-the-box thinkers are finding fertile ground in the San Luis Valley, where local economies have remained largely stagnant for more than a century despite explosive growth in neighboring mountain valleys


Douglas County will not use federal COVID funds on San Luis Valley water project

Commissioner Abe Laydon, the decisive vote on the issue, announced his position during a work session on Tuesday


Opinion: Sending San Luis Valley water to Douglas County only postpones the inevitable

The better idea is for DougCo to work on water conservation and re-use

Opinion Columns

Attempt to stop Colorado water speculation is circling the drain

Despite intense pressure from drought, downstream states and private-money water development, the legislature says impinging farmers’ right to sell is too risky.


Colorado’s oldest business just sold. Its future could help preserve a community’s way of life.

R&R Market in San Luis nearly closed. A new effort will turn it into a co-op with the goal of rejuvenating a unique community.


Cano’s Castle, a southern Colorado folk art landmark, is heavily damaged in fire

The castle’s two towers are still standing and Cano is safe, police say.


Colorado Gators started as a natural garbage disposal. Now it’s one of the state’s most unusual tourist attractions.

Jay Young’s San Luis Valley oasis offers tourists close-up encounters with gators, snakes, turtles and lizards.


Two big — and controversial — Colorado water projects want to tap into DougCo stimulus slosh-funds

With the county asking for ideas on how to spend $68 million from the American Rescue Plan, every dam, pipeline and diversion rushes in.


Renewable Water Resources wants Douglas County as the first customer for its San Luis Valley water export plan

The start up led by former Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and his former deputy chief of staff Sean Tonner, proposed a $20 million investment of COVID recovery money to lock in future water for Douglas County at rates cheaper than Front Range cities pay today

Politics and Government

Skilled workers are needed in the San Luis Valley. A new college program could be an answer.

Students in one of Colorado’s poorest regions will soon be able to get a CSU engineering degree without leaving their hometown


In the San Luis Valley, a community fights for its land, water and way of life

Acequia communities in the southern San Luis Valley have so far resisted temptation to sell their precious water rights for use by growing Front Range cities drawing from the Arkansas River.


In the San Luis Valley, a small town is using civic engagement to improve lives

A program that teaches participants the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed has graduated people into leadership and entrepreneurial roles throughout the valley.


Colorado heads into snowpack season with low reservoirs — but a twinge of hope

La Niña winter could mean dry winter for southern Colorado, but conditions better than this time last year.


New fence at the edge of Cielo Vista Ranch interrupts 150-year-old religious pilgrimage

10-foot-tall wildlife fence interrupting historic stations of the cross is latest strike in the decades-long squabble between wealthy landowners and Sangre de Cristo Land Grant descendants in the San Luis Valley.


How one El Paso County bike crash is changing access to 14ers in rural Colorado

Mount Lindsey in the San Luis Valley is the latest fourteener to shut down in the wake of a court decision that made the Air Force liable for injuries to a cyclist


Farmers hit with most disruptive price hikes, supply shortages in decades as pandemic slowdowns catch up to Colorado

Colorado farmers and agricultural businesses have been hit with cost increases for pesticides, fertilizer and other supplies as global supply chains sputter in the wake of the pandemic.


Here are the themes from meetings across Colorado on the state’s new congressional, legislative maps

More than 100 hours of testimony, 2,300 online comments to consider as first maps based on 2020 census data are set to be revealed this month

Politics and Government

The water supply of the San Luis Valley faces pressure as never before

Buffeted by drought, court orders, climate change, and Front Range diversion plans, crisis looms for southern Colorado economy.

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