Rivers are rising and reservoirs are filling, which is a sure sign that spring runoff is already underway. But the process is occurring much earlier this year than usual. The main reason has to do with warmer temperatures, but dust is another factor causing snowpack to melt faster. Water supplies in the West are [...]

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The goal of the Governor’s task force on oil and gas drilling is to examine the balance of power between local regulations and state rules. But during its second meeting late last week, some citizens and members of the environmental community raised questions over the process and role of the panel. Bente (BEN tuh) [...]

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture, or CDA, is managing funds set aside by the United States Department of Agriculture for partially reimbursing farmers for organic certifications…The owners of a leaking uranium mine west of Denver are rerouting Ralston Creek to avoid toxic waste…and, a new zipline is being built at the scenic Royal Gorge [...]

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You won’t hear much disagreement among the residents of Pleasant Valley on the West Side of Colorado Springs when you ask their opinions about the roughly mile-long concrete ditch that runs down the middle of their West Side Neighborhood at the foot of Garden of the Gods Park.

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The mountain pine beetle continues to be the most damaging pest infestation in Colorado forests, but there is some good news. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Two of the state’s experts on water and the health of rivers say the current method of determining the health of a stream is no longer valid. They say a more nuanced approach is needed, and recently presented their ideas to a citizen’s water board in Aspen. As part of a new ongoing series [...]

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The Bureau of Land Management recently awarded a sizable lease to a corporation called Double Heart Lodge for geothermal development in the Gunnison area. If completed, a power plant on the parcel would be a significant source of renewable energy. But the leasing process has been closely scrutinized by some conservation groups. They’re concerned [...]

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The artist Christo must receive temporary use permits from both Fremont and Chaffee Counties in order for his Over the River Project to move forward. The Fremont County Commissioners will be holding public meetings this week to determine the fate of the large-scale installation over the Arkansas River. KRCC’s Molly Sinnott has this preview.

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Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs plans to participate in an online chat this evening during the State of the Union Address. The Republican representative announced yesterday that he would not attend the president’s speech, saying he does not support the policies of President Obama. The online chat is hosted by [...]

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Colorado’s oil and gas boom combined with a cash-strapped state government has caused a backlog of 1,800 pending air pollution control permits for oil and gas equipment.

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Two GOP state lawmakers are seeking to repeal the state’s health care exchange, set up last year with the support of some top Republicans…The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says an agreement has been reached with Cotter Corp…Pueblo authorities evacuated several downtown buildings this afternoon after a woman brought three sticks of [...]

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Environmental groups and Colorado’s oil and gas industry have set aside their differences to support a new rule for hydraulic fracturing. State regulators approved the rule yesterday, which requires oil and gas companies to publicly disclose the chemicals and fluids used in fracturing. As Bente Birkeland reports, it’s being hailed as the most transparent [...]

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An environmental group accuses the BLM of neglecting science in favor of politics when it conducted a series of ecological studies covering millions of acres in the West…The Colorado Department of Revenue says it has approved 26 of 500 applications to run marijuana dispensaries or marijuana centers…and, while we’re already well into this year’s [...]

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We visited the The Fountain Creek Nature Center again last week (we were there at roughly the same time last year) and were struck once again by what a spectacular place it is on any given day of the year, packed with visual treasures.

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In western states like Colorado, there are growing concerns that pollution from oil and gas drilling is posing risks to public health. To that end, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new rules to help curb the problem. The agency held a day long hearing in Denver yesterday to get input on the changes. [...]

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Oil and gas industry groups were in Denver to testify against proposed federal rules to crack down on air pollution…El Paso County officials are set to consider a four-month moratorium on exploratory oil and gas drilling tomorrow…and, the American Numismatic Association based in Colorado Springs has fired its executive director, according to the Continue Reading

The Forest Service and some Aspen-area non-profit organizations are using a new technology to help clean up an old mine site near the mountain town that’s littered with toxic mine tailings. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio sister station KAJX in Aspen, Marci Krivonen has more.

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Forestry officials say losses from the bark beetle epidemic that has devastated areas of the Colorado mountains have been smaller on the Front Range…and, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge kicks off next week, with an individual time trial held in Colorado Springs. The inaugural race is scheduled to begin in Garden of the Gods [...]

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Uniquely Colorado

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In our latest installment of Western Skies, we set out across Colorado to explore our backyard with the hope of discovering that which defines the unique identity of our state. If you missed yesterday’s broadcast of Western Skies, or if you haven’t had a chance to view the slide shows that accompany the [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper has appointed four new members to the Colorado Oil and Gas commission…Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to hold public hearings in Colorado, Texas and Pennsylvania on its proposed regulations for controlling air pollution at oil and gas wells.

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The Colorado Division of Wildlife says the number of non-native mussel offspring is growing at the reservoir at Lake Pueblo State Park…Prices for wheat and many other commodities are high, but Colorado farmers still receive millions of dollars in subsidies. That may soon change, once the debt limit dust settles.

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Controversy about hydraulic fracturing on the East Coast may have consequences in Colorado…Colorado lawmakers have unanimously approved an audit of the state’s Public Utilities Commission over how the agency has handled decisions affecting energy, taxicab and telecommunication companies…and, seven members of the Tuskegee Airmen visited the Air Force Academy today at the same time [...]

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One of the most pervasive notions of American cultural identity is that of the Old West and the myth of the cowboy. This month we stick a magnifying glass up to those notions to see where they originate, and where they continue to resonate.

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