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Bureau of Land Management more likely to relocate to Denver than Grand Junction, Polis says

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis says the Bureau of Land Management is more likely to relocate its headquarters to Denver than Grand Junction, even though his administration is more supportive of the federal agency moving to the Western Slope. Either way, the Democrat said he’s “cautiously optimistic” Colorado will win the bidding war with other Western […]

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All of this snow is great, but it will likely be months before we know the impact on Colorado’s drought

You’re seeing the pictures of deep snow being surfed by skiers and snowboarders across the state. The Colorado Department of Transportation is working double time to keep high country stretches of highways passable. But if you were expecting an overnight solution to Colorado’s drought, which has been particularly acute in the southwest part of the […]

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Wine, peaches and CBD: Hemp fills gaps in the Western Slope’s orchards and vineyards

PALISADE – Ribbons of fruit trees and grapevines run across hillsides under the rocky folds of iconic Mount Garfield, the place where legendarily good Colorado peaches grow. Now another crop — hemp — is sending up green spikes in the midst of all that fruit. Dozens of Palisade-area growers are grabbing hold of the lucrative […]

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Fight over prices, renewable energy spurs second rural cooperative to leave Tri-State Generation

The rural electric cooperative serving Delta, Montrose and the Western Slope communities around them has moved a step closer to leaving its power provider, the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. Co-op members voted Tuesday to adopt new incorporation articles enabling the Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) to use a limited stock issue to raise the cash […]

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“I had to reinvent myself. I’m back but I’m different:” A southwest Colorado man recovers from a devastating mountain climbing fall

SURVIVORS: A series on close calls and heroes in the Colorado outdoors MANCOS — It had been a hard summer for Thad Ferrell. He’d been hammering away at his construction job and not climbing as much as he wanted. So when he had a free day, he called his climbing partner Lizzy Scully. She also […]

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Colorado’s hot summer of dry ditches and empty reservoirs has left distressed farmers sweating: Will it get worse?

OLATHE — John Harold charges his Chevy through chest-high stalks of sweet corn. He’s talking on his phone, scribbling notes. He’s got corn-harvesting crews spread across the Uncompahgre Valley, picking more than 100,000 ears a day of his trademarked Olathe Sweet. The fields of onions need weeding. His beans, too. More than 100 fields of […]

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Pathbreaking transgender attorney Danyel Joffe’s work led to Colorado law compensating people wrongly convicted of crimes

When Danyel Joffe took her last breath on a Sunday in July, she was sitting on her couch at home with Smudge, her beloved cat, on her lap and her computer open in front of her. She had been studying the cases of some of the defendants she was representing. That was pure Joffe. The […]

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The $44.2 million pitch: What Grand Junction is doing to land BLM’s headquarters — and what the chances are it will work

The Bureau of Land Management appears closer than ever to relocating its headquarters and some 300 jobs to the West from Washington, D.C. — closer to the nearly 250 million acres of land it manages. Colorado’s congressional delegation has been busy pitching the Centennial State, and Grand Junction in particular, as the best new home address for the agency. […]