High Country News April 15, 1985
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In the wake of the collapse of the early 1980s oil shale boom in and around Palisade, Colo., fruitgrowing is one of the few games in town.
Since the late 1800s when Patty Kluver's ancestors and thousands of other pioneer families established ranches across the West, there have been few real changes in that way of life. Now the region is convulsed by change.
The ratification of the Snake River Water Agreement sets off an adjudication of water rights on the Snake River. It's expected to take 10 years to determine how much unappropriated water remains to be diverted.
The people living through western Colorado's energy boom and bust over the last five years are still bewildered. Most say it was a period of heady euphoria followed by thousands of personal tragedies that stunned the region.