Colorado

The dark secrets of the Animas River
The dark secrets of the Animas River
A 2015 spill that turned the waterway orange is a reminder of mining’s lethal legacy.
Instead of blaming the bear, prevent the conflict
Instead of blaming the bear, prevent the conflict
To protect humans and animals, control trash, bird feeders and other bear banquets.
When colleges let down Indigenous students
When colleges let down Indigenous students
Discrimination against two young Mohawk men at Colorado State University highlights an all-too-common misunderstanding.
Drilling Could Wake a Sleeping Giant
In 1969, the Atomic Energy Commission exploded an underground nuclear bomb in western Colorado; today, the site of Project Rulison is attracting natural gas drillers
Heard around the West
Avalanches galore in the San Juan Mountains; a monstrous monster home in Jackson; "inattention blindness" on the highway; nice millionaires join the Yellowstone Club; exotic career day advice in Albuquerque; dog survives eagle snatching
The BLM wields fork and spatula over the West's wildlands
The Bureau of Land Management is handing out public-lands drilling permits like a McDonald’s drive-through with a hyperactive "Order Assembly Target."
Heard around the West
Pork and mariachi; Victoria’s Secret vs. trees; Zach Mann vs. Starbucks; poaching preachers; elk poachers get popped; crimes solved in Jackson, Wyo.
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 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"
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