Colorado

As sediment builds, one dam faces its comeuppance
As sediment builds, one dam faces its comeuppance
Officials at a Colorado reservoir are reckoning with decades of accumulation.
In the West, fishing is more regulated than buying a gun
In the West, fishing is more regulated than buying a gun
We stop large-caliper hooks but do nothing about large-caliber weapons.
One in 30 wells in the West failed in recent years
One in 30 wells in the West failed in recent years
New research shows just how many wells ran dry between 2013 and 2015.
A problem any city would love to have
Boulder, Colo., is trying to figure out how to keep its beloved parks and open space from being overused
Follow-up
Owyhee Canyonlands wilderness comes closer to Idaho; Bush funds CALFED; oil and gas brings money to Rocky Mountain states; National Wildlife Federation says federal Conservation Reserve Program is abused
Heard around the West
Mach schnell, little doggies; California’s troubles; bears vs. hunters; elk vs. tourist; Chevy vs. field mice; how not to die in the desert
As the town hollows out, one Aspen neighborhood thrives
The Smuggler Mobile Home Park in Aspen, Colo., is a vibrant neighborhood that has survived Superfund status and soaring real estate
Can Vail find room for its workers?
Vail, Colo., is facing a crisis about where to house the workers who keep the town running
Former Enron CEO took his money and ran
Former CEO Ken Lay had to sell some of his Aspen properties when Enron fell apart, but he made a fair amount of money in the process
Part-Time Paradise
Aspen, Colo., and other mountain resort towns burst with wealthy baby boomers' second, third and even fourth homes. But for much of the year those houses sit empty, and the towns are turning hollow
The Udall bloodline is consistent
Mo Udall’s six children, and Stewart Udall’s six – not to mention many of their cousins – have tended to find work in some form of public service
Follow-up
Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes now a national park; health screening program for former nuclear workers to expire; Forest Service didn’t break any laws with its Sierra Nevada PR campaign; rocket-burning begins at Oregon’s Umatilla Chemical Depot
The beauty of the ugly West
Towns like Wamsutter, Wyo., may never be quaint and charming, but they can lay claim to their own rough beauty once a real community takes root
The Greening of the Plains
A conservation movement is stirring on the Great Plains, but local farmers are stuck with a harsh reality: It still pays to plow up virgin prairie
Mining law claims mountain
Crested Butte, Colo., residents are angry that the BLM has sold the mining giant Phelps Dodge 155 acres at the top of Mount Emmons – the town’s beloved "Red Lady" – for about $5 an acre
Mining town gambles on a road to riches
The rivalry between two Colorado gambling towns has led Central City to begin building a new highway to draw visitors directly to its casinos rather than to those of its more successful neighbor, Black Hawk
At home on the range with 10-year-old writers and dreamers
A teacher at a small rural school in Colorado encourages her young students to express their feelings and describe the world they live in
Wilderness up for lease
Citizen-proposed wilderness areas in the West are the latest battleground in the war over oil and gas drilling on the public lands
Buying time against the energy assault
Bidding on oil and gas leases for conservation purposes in places like Delta County, Colo., could prove to be a risky strategy, some environmentalists warn
A champion of 'cooperative conservation': Interior Secretary Gale Norton
Interior Secretary Gale Norton talks to High Country News about her "Four C’s" credo: "Communication, consultation and cooperation, all in the service of conservation"
Heard around the West
Fargo gets trendy; confrontation at the Chuck-A-Rama; Colorado tsunami; right places, wrong photos; Reagan U. bites the dust; endangered dinosaurs; Monterey County, Calif., is "birdiest" in the country
Laboring for the environment
The challenge of restoring one overgrazed, weed-choked pasture is a good example of the kind of work that needs to be done in the West, to the benefit of both workers and the environment
Rednecks and hippies unite!
The small-town politics of a place like Paonia, Colo., are a microcosm of the nation today, revealing deep political divisions and a kind of winner-takes-all arrogance on the part of those in power