The Crystal River in Western Colorado has made its way onto a list of the country’s most endangered rivers. A national environmental group says the main threat is a new dam and reservoir proposed a few miles upstream from the town of Redstone. But as Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon reports, water providers [...]

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For about a month every spring, a small reservoir in western Colorado becomes the place to be. Each day at Fruitgrowers Reservoir near Hotchkiss, one can expect to see hundreds and sometimes thousands of sandhill cranes coming in for a landing. The cranes do migrate through the San Luis Valley, so this western reservoir [...]

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The state Supreme Court has approved the titles for two proposals that critics say would change the way Colorado has handled water rights since 1876.

The Salida School District and LiveWell Chaffee County plan to begin a garden-to-cafeteria program for the districts’ three schools.

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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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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is researching migratory patterns of bighorn sheep and elk in the San Juan Mountains…and, Forecasters say February snowstorms have helped to increase below average snowpack in Colorado, but levels are still low.

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Mother Nature affects us all, and no matter how much we want the weather to remain consistent, it’s always changing. This month, we take a look at weather, climate, and natural disasters in the region, and at least one way in which we’ve changed that which Mother Nature intended.

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The American Red Cross is distributing bottled water to residents of the southern Colorado town San Luis, after the town’s drinking water supply tested positive for E. coli…A State Senate bill was rejected in committee today along party lines that would have extended exemptions for car emissions testing…and, the Colorado state Senate has given [...]

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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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Colorado Springs City Council is expected to vote tomorrow on whether or not to move forward on talks with the University of Colorado Hospital regarding its interest in leasing the Memorial Health System. That’s according to the Gazette…Governor John Hickenlooper is asking state agencies to streamline regulations and try to cut red [...]

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Colorado lawmakers on the Water Conservation Review Committee have rejected a proposal that would have required low-flow toilets for new construction or remodeling…and, while the future of Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs is still up in the air, a related question this election cycle will determine whether or not to repeal a 1949 [...]

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Colorado Republicans are considering moving their state caucuses to early February to play a bigger role in next year’s presidential race…Recent rains have helped ease drought conditions in parts of Colorado, but pockets of the southeast corner of the state are still experiencing severe and extreme drought…and, Governor John Hickenlooper helped unveil a donation [...]

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Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn attended a meeting today to help smooth relations with constituents after comments he made several weeks ago that some perceived as racist, according to the Gazette…Colorado’s unemployment rate is holding steady at 8.5 percent…and, officials in four towns are celebrating the start of construction on the Southern Delivery [...]

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Despite the fertility of the Arkansas River Valley, not every seed will grow. Such was the case with the African-American homesteaders who settled “The Dry,” which was abandoned due to irrigation issues. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska reports on a recent archeological dig that is attempting to bring The Dry’s history back into the light.

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The Pueblo Board of Water Works is joining other Front Range water providers in hiring a consultant to study a plan to bring water from the Colorado River over the Continental Divide…and, the Hickenlooper administration is pushing forward with a plan to have health insurance exchanges operating in the state in two years.

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This month we’re taking you on a trip through Colorado, visiting places and talking to people that help make the Centennial State what it is.

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For many, flipping a light switch is a common occurrence. Flip a switch, and a light turns on almost instantaneously. This month we’re taking a look at some of the issues that enable that lightbulb to power on, or enable cars and buses to take you from point A to point B. Today, we’re [...]

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Colorado lawmakers are inviting voters to the capitol tomorrow to weigh in on new proposals for redrawing the state’s seven congressional districts…and, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to take a look at whether a species of stonefly in the Cache la Poudre River should receive endangered species protection.

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For the first time in state history one of the most powerful water organizations in Colorado is proposing a statewide plan to address water needs. Some of the recommendations include water efficiency standards and aggressive conservation measures. Experts say the cost of inaction is dire, but many of the changes require legislation that may not [...]

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Many Coloradans stand to lose their long-term unemployment benefits this week, as the national extension expires…and, Governor Bill Ritter says Colorado state government needs to take a bigger role in developing and promoting water projects if the state is going to provide for the estimated 10 million people who will live here in 40 years.

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More than 1,000 evacuees from the Fourmile Fire near Boulder have been allowed to return to their homes today…and, the Army Corps of Engineers has extended by about four years the time it will take to study a $3 billion plan to pipe water from southwest Wyoming to Colorado.

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Democratic candidate for governor, John Hickenlooper, addressed the Colorado Water Congress today…and, Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher has told county clerks to comply with a demand from the federal government after the state was denied a waiver that would have exempted it from a requirement to mail ballots to overseas military service members 45 [...]

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Coloradans will get to weigh in on the health care overhaul this fall with a ballot measure that attempts to block the government from requiring people to have health insurance…Colorado Springs Utilities and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have reached a price agreement on the Southern Delivery System.

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More than half of the counties in Colorado face the potential risk of water shortages by 2050, according to a new report by the consulting firm Tetra-Tech…Former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo is negotiating with the American Constitution Party to run for governor. He would replace their candidate, Benjamin Goss, on the ballot.

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