Posted inBusiness, Climate, Coloradans, Environment, Health

On Edge: In a rural Eastern Plains community plagued by drought, stigma won’t be easy to overcome

EADS – “The Splotch,” as some here call the brown mark on the map they check weekly, is the color of scorched earth. Here in Kiowa County, farmers have always relied on whatever moisture happens to fall from the sky rather than on irrigation. In August, this 1,300-person community bordering on Kansas was the first […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: A toast to Coloradans’ willingness to unite on water needs

It may be time to amend the old adage, “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting.”  On three different ballot questions in the 2019 and 2020 elections, Colorado voters set aside differences and chose to tax themselves to invest in the state’s water future. It’s clear that water wins in Colorado, and it wins […]

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Opinion: Colorado needs a water market to reduce Colorado River water use

In November 2018, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) established support and policy statements for a Demand Management Program requiring Colorado River water reductions under a Demand Management Program to be voluntary, temporary, compensated and proportional.   The CWCB committed to working on the feasibility of a Demand Management Program in Colorado that would contribute our […]

Posted inBusiness, Energy, Environment, News, Politics and Government

Democratic lawmakers, officials from oil and gas- dependent areas of Colorado clash on first day of rulemaking

The legislators who wrote a law overhauling the state’s oil and gas rules clashed with Western Slope local officials who will have to deal with the changes at a Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation hearing Monday. The hearing, held on Zoom, was the first day of a six-week review of proposed rules to reorient the […]

Posted inNews, Transportation, Wildfire

So you need to get to Colorado’s Western Slope? Here are your options.

UPDATE: I-70 reopened through Glenwood Canyon on Aug. 24. Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon will be closed for at least the next several days because of the Grizzly Creek fire. In addition, Independence Pass through Aspen — which is off-limits to vehicles longer than 35 feet — will have alternating traffic because of high volume. […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, Growth, News, Transportation

Trains could return to Colorado’s Tennessee Pass, rumble through Leadville under pair of proposals

It’s been 23 years since trains rumbled through the tunnel atop Tennessee Pass.  That could change as interest in the dormant Tennessee Pass Line between Cañon City and Dotsero grows. A fledgling railway project in Utah’s Uinta Basin and a billionaire New York City developer with thousands of acres of wheat and an existing rail […]

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Palisade peach freeze prompts Colorado governor to declare emergency

GRAND JUNCTION — Colorado’s governor announced he is seeking federal aid for farmers impacted by a freeze that wiped out significant portions of the state’s peach crop. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said he sought the aid as a result of an April 14 freeze in Colorado’s Western Slope region, The Daily Sentinel reported Saturday. Polis and state […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Health, News

Colorado COVID diaries: A day in the life of people across the state as they navigate coronavirus

A teacher greets her students. An imam counsels his congregants. A firefighter reports for duty. New parents take their baby home from the hospital. These are routine moments in the lives of Coloradans. But the coronavirus has transformed the routine into the remarkable, upending how we live and interact with each other.   As a heavy […]

Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, COVID, Health, News

Record unemployment is leading to unprecedented food insecurity in Colorado

Mothers in Parachute cannot find formula to feed their babies. Isolated residents near Fairplay lack access to food. Unhoused people quarantined in a Denver motel need all meals brought to them. Migrant workers in Pueblo are without rice and beans. With unemployment about 30 times higher than the Great Recession’s peak— 231,610 initial claims were filed with […]

Posted inBusiness, Energy, Environment, News, Outdoors

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

For nearly a decade, a group of farmers in the North Fork Valley joined with local tourism businesses and conservation groups to craft a resource management plan that could help the Bureau of Land Management shepherd the multiple uses of the valley’s public lands for the next 20 years.  More than 600 mining jobs disappeared […]