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Enviro groups criticize BLM for new policy; CSU study says Colorado budget not structurally sound
Hotchkiss-based Citizens for a Healthy Community and 44 other environmental groups are up in arms about a new Bureau of Land Management policy they say avoids disclosure of the names of those who nominate public lands for oil and gas leasing.
Colorado’s budget is not structurally sound, according to a new study released Tuesday. Economists from Colorado State University say over the long term the state will spend more money than it receives.
GarCo commissioners unsatisfied with BLM's Sage Grouse draft plan process
Monday is the final day for public comment on the Bureau of Land Management's draft plan for managing the Greater Sage Grouse in northwest Colorado. Garfield County Commissioners are disappointed that the plan they submitted last spring is not an official alternative in the BLM's document. And, they claim the agency has violated the law. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
News Brief: West Slope water officials tell Front Range to look somewhere else for water
Increasing water demands on the Front Range have long been filled by water originating on the Western Slope, but recent comments from officials in charge of the Colorado River basin show a growing dissatisfaction with that arrangement. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Brent Gardner-Smith of Aspen Journalism
about his recent story on Colorado's water conflicts.
Shoshone--hydropower on the Colorado River
A complex series of agreements govern the distribution of water throughout the state. Along the Colorado River, farms, cities & towns, and the recreation industry are all big players, but everyone takes a backseat to a tiny hydroelectric plant that's over one hundred years old. As part of the year-long series Connecting the Drops, Rocky Mountain Community Radio's Maeve Conran brings us this report on the Shoshone Generating Station and the critical role it plays on the Upper Colorado.
Sounds of the High Country: Reviving hemp in the West
Last year, when Amendment 64 legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, it also legalized hemp and since then, for the first time in decades, farmers around the state are considering growing the industrial fiber. On this episode of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to reporter Allen Best, who wrote about Colorado hemp in the most recent issue of the High Country News.