Poor Coloradoans are more likely to die younger than the state’s wealthiest residents, according to a recent study by the University of Washington…and, artist Christo’s plan to hang nearly six miles worth of fabric over parts of the Arkansas River along U.S. Route 50 is largely intact under a version that federal land managers [...]

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Restrictions to caves and abandoned mines on national forests and grasslands in five western states, including Colorado, have been extended for a year…and, millions of acres in Colorado are the subject of debate in Congress. The federal land is off limits for development, but that may be changing soon.

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The U.S. Forest Service says beetle-killed trees have been cut down from alongside more than 420 miles of roads and trails in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming this year…and, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is almost finished with its five-year review of fishing regulations.

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Members of congress are proposing to designate nearly 1 million acres of land in Colorado as wilderness. Proponents say it’s a no-brainer, and crucial to protect some of the state’s most beautiful mountain landscapes for future generations. But the wilderness plans have divided many in the environmental community. The latest proposal is from U.S. Representative [...]

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Governor Ritter and Democratic senators Udall and Bennet are urging the federal government to speed up plans to alleviate the bark beetle epidemic. As Bente Birkeland from the state capitol, state officials have invited the U.S. secretary of Agriculture to tour Colorado to see the problem first hand.

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Colorado housing officials say the number of new foreclosure filings in the state has reached its lowest point in five quarters…Governor Bill Ritter says the U.S. Forest Service is undertaking projects in national forests in the state, including the Arapaho and Roosevelt forests, to mitigate dangers from trees killed by pine beetles…and, Denver Mayor John [...]

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Property owners have declared a temporary truce in a dispute with commercial rafters and will allow commercial rafting on their property this summer…U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has approved temporary roads on roadless national forest land in western Colorado for construction of boreholes to vent methane from a coal mine…and, Colorado College President Richard Celeste [...]

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U.S. Forest officials say they may have to shut down some national forests in Colorado and Wyoming…and, Pueblo’s Urban Renewal Authority is expected to begin its search for a new Executive Director tomorrow.

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Colorado has submitted a new plan for protecting about 4 million acres of roadless national forest lands. It’s part of a years long process to try and craft a Colorado specific solution. The U.S. Department of Agriculture praised the rule but won’t make a final decision on whether to approve it until later this year. [...]

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Governor Bill Ritter has submitted a revised state petition to the federal government on how to manage millions of acres of remote national forest land in Colorado…and, True West Magazine has named Cripple Creek District Museum in its top 10 western museums for 2010.

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Democrat Diana Degette has spent more than a decade crafting a bill to protect Colorado wilderness. She finally got a congressional hearing this week. Her approach has some critics, one of whom is a fellow Colorado Democrat. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.

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The city of Colorado Springs has sold nine surplus buses from its FREX service for $1.44 million…Colorado Congresswoman Betsy Markey (D-4) is introducing a bill aimed at barring health insurance companies from fixing prices…and, U.S. Forest Service officials in Colorado are getting $30 million to help deal with the bark-beetle epidemic.

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Colorado has appealed a federal court ruling that limited the state’s ability to regulate the destruction of obsolete chemical weapons stored outside Pueblo…Colorado Springs’ City Auditor steps down..and, the U. S. Forest Service approves a plan to clear trees killed by pine beetles.

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service announced 40 million dollars to help fight the bark beetle epidemic in rocky mountain states. It’s not clear how much money Colorado will receive, but Governor Bill Ritter says it will help the state clear trees and prevent wildfires. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol.

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Bark beetles continue to be a problem in Colorado and the Western US. The bug kills trees by introducing a fungus and eating away at the living portion of the trees. The beetle is native to the region, but years of warmer than average winters have allowed its numbers to soar. That, coupled with the [...]

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Colorado’s proposal to protect millions of acres of roadless national forest lands has taken another twist now that one of the state’s leading advocates for the rule is slated to head the U.S. Forest Service. Some conservationists are divided over the rule and say this move puts Colorado in a unique situation. Bente Birkeland reports [...]

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The Obama administration has tapped the head of Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources to be the new Agriculture Undersecretary in charge of the U.S. Forest Service. Harris Sherman says he got the news on Thursday. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol.

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A controversial proposal to swap forest service land in southwestern Colorado shows no signs of letting up. On Tuesday the U.S. Forest Service briefed La Plata county officials on the latest developments with the project. The public will get a chance to comment on the proposal at a hearing in early September and a large [...]

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U.S. forest officials take a closer look at marijuana cultivation in Colorado’s national forests…a Colorado man is the latest to be charged with crimes associated with artifact looting…and Governor Bill Ritter orders state flags lowered to half-staff.

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Governor Bill Ritter announced yesterday that Colorado’s proposed roadless rule to protect wildlife and wilderness areas in the state will be re-examined. The announcement comes after the federal Government said Colorado must make changes in order to obtain federal approval for the rule. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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Environmentalists eye Susan’s purse-making Caddisfly…Senator Mark Udall and Representative John Salazar back moving forward with a state roadless forest policy…and, Native Americans meet in Denver to discuss health issues.

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Colorado’s forests are still facing serious threats from the mountain pine beetle epidemic according to the annual Health of Colorado Forests Report, presented to state lawmakers on Wednesday. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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The U.S. Forest Service has long tried to get kids outside and away from computers, TVs and video games… but the country’s top forester says efforts have become more urgent in recent years. The agency is hosting its first ever National Get Outdoors Day this Saturday, and Denver is expected to have one of [...]

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