Western Slope

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A Western Slope community wants to move beyond its coal legacy. The Trump Administration wants “energy dominance.”

The final BLM plan for managing multiple uses on federal land in the Uncompahgre Plateau unveiled earlier this month did not limit oil and gas development in the North Fork Valley.

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A bitter freeze and coronavirus have sprouted big problems for Palisade’s peach season

Growers on Colorado’s Western Slope knew they had a market problem because of COVID-19. But killing freezes last week put an end to their worrying about too much fruit this summer and now some are wondering if they’ll even have enough.

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Western Slope utility serving Delta, Montrose settles on $136.5 million fee to break up with Tri-State

The fight between Delta-Montrose Electric Association and its power generating partner has dragged on since 2016 and led Tri-State to be more flexible in its remaining contracts.

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Churches as empty as the tomb: Coloradans adapt to celebrate Easter together as coronavirus forces them apart

Driven from their sanctuaries by public health orders banning large gatherings of people to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Western Slope churches bridged virtual and in-person worship to celebrate Easter early Sunday morning

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Colorado regulators approve tougher oil and gas air rules, ending statewide disparity

The regulations would require more frequent inspections for leaks for facilities within 1,000 feet of homes, schools and other public facilities, officials said

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White House threatens veto of CORE Act, the massive Colorado public lands bill splitting the state’s congressional delegation

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, a Cortez Republican whose district would be most affected by the bill, also says he cannot support the legislation in its current form and will be voting against it

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50 years ago a nuclear bomb was detonated under the Western Slope to release natural gas. Here’s how poorly it went.

The Rulison explosion was larger than the one that devastated Hiroshima. “They truly believed they could play God,” said a man who protested the experiment.

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Why the head of the U.S. Patent Office is interested in artificial intelligence, false trademarks and the Western Slope

The Denver branch of the federal Patent and Trademark Office now has 209 employees, compared to 29 in the entire state five years ago

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Sweet corn put Olathe on the map, but seeds of economic revival didn’t take

Olathe Sweet Corn Festival has moved to Montrose and the town still is wrestling with troubling changes back in the ‘80s that spurred grower John Harold to pitch ‘Olathe Sweet’ to the world.