Posted inClimate, Energy, Environment, News

Federal judge blocks plan for 35 gas wells on national forest land in western Colorado 

A U.S. District Court judge blocked a plan approved by federal agencies for 35 fracked gas wells across 30,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land between Gunnison and the Grand Mesa, handing a victory to environmental groups suing the government for failing to take climate change into account in approving new drilling.  U.S. District for […]

Posted inBusiness, News

Barrels burn all night at Western Slope orchards as farmers try to save crop from spring freeze

OLATHE — It’s 10 minutes after 2 early Thursday morning and Kerry Mattics inspects a thermometer hanging on a deer fence that surrounds his family’s fruit orchard. Twenty-seven degrees. “It’s go time,” he says. “The bottom just fell out.” The mercury had dropped a full three degrees in just a few minutes, as a thin […]

Posted inNews, Outdoors, Outsider

Record high calls for help are stressing Colorado’s mountain firefighters, emergency responders

There are more people living in their vacation homes in Colorado’s resort communities. There are more people visiting and staying in short-term rental homes.  “But it’s a challenge to quantify any of this,” said Jake Andersen, deputy chief of operations for the Aspen Fire Protection District.  Fire chiefs like Andersen can gauge one impact of […]

Posted inSunLit, SunLit Interviews

SunLit Interview: Kate Lansing fulfilled her winery dream by writing it

Kate Lansing is an award-winning short story author. She lives in Denver with her husband, daughter, and a chair-napping tabby cat named Maple. Tell us this book’s backstory. What inspired you to write it? Where did the story/theme originate? My husband and I have enjoyed tasting wine together for nearly a decade, and at one […]

Posted inEconomy, Growth, Housing, News

“It’s scary”: The housing shortage has reached a crisis point in southwest Colorado

DURANGO — Pagosa Springs paramedic Matt Robison was living with two friends in a 1,200-square-foot house until this summer — when his rent would have leapt 60%, to $2,400 a month. Robison hit the road, working wildland fires and living out of his truck.   Sixty miles west, professor Rebecca Clausen has heard from faculty at […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government

Colorado redistricting commissioners mull big changes to latest draft of congressional map

Blowback on a proposal that would place northwest Colorado and Boulder in the same congressional district has Colorado’s Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission considering significant changes to the latest draft of the state’s U.S. House map released Friday.  That map, the first plan based on 2020 census data, would also create a southern district and draw […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Newsletters, Outsider, Transportation

An upgraded Grand Junction rail yard could accelerate Western Slope economic development

What if something as simple as getting freight trains to stop for a moment in Grand Junction could keep businesses and jobs on the Western Slope, support Grand Valley economic-development and reduce truck traffic on Interstate 70?  “It would be huge; an absolute game-changer for the Western Slope,” if rail owners Union Pacific and Burlington […]