Colorado

Mining companies pollute waterways. Citizens pay.
Mining companies pollute waterways. Citizens pay.
Nearly 2 billion pounds of toxic waste were dumped into western waterways in 2017, and taxpayers are left to clean up the mess.
The climate change generation wants to be heard
The climate change generation wants to be heard
‘I’m fighting for my future.’
The science behind Colorado’s historic avalanches
The science behind Colorado’s historic avalanches
Are such unprecedented slides due to climate change, abnormal weather, or both?
BLM teams with researchers to protect midget faded rattlesnake
BLM teams with researchers to protect midget faded rattlesnake
Biologists and federal officials hope to direct booming oil, gas and wind development away from the rare reptile in southwest Wyoming and northwest Colorado
Economy, distrust complicate allocation of tribal settlement money
Economy, distrust complicate allocation of tribal settlement money
$1 billion tribal settlement mostly goes to individuals, although tribe-wide investments would have greater benefit.
Farmers agree to tax those who deplete groundwater
Farmers agree to tax those who deplete groundwater
Amid drought and climate change in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, farmers vote for a new approach to rein in their overpumping of groundwater.
Do subdivisions designed for conservation actually help wildlife?
Do subdivisions designed for conservation actually help wildlife?
Conservation development is supposed to reduce the habitat fragmentation caused by exurban sprawl -- but it only works if it's done right.
A Colorado newspaperman fights for his valley's water
A Colorado newspaperman fights for his valley's water
Bob Rawlings, publisher of the Pueblo Chieftain, has battled for decades to bring water to southeastern Colorado and, once it's there, to keep it no matter what.
Saying good-bye to the ranch
Saying good-bye to the ranch
Four families cooperate on conservation easements in order to save a huge ranch in Colorado from development.
County kickbacks
County kickbacks
Western rural county governments often rely heavily on federal funding.
A wild area gets a reprieve
A wild area gets a reprieve
The Bureau of Land Management made the right call when it closed Colorado's Vermillion Basin to oil and gas development.
High Country Views, episode 7
High Country Views, episode 7
Rachel Waldholz, Sarah Gilman and Cally Carswell talk fracking and onshore oil and gas drilling.
Drilling on the green
Drilling on the green
Residents of Battlement Mesa react to gas drilling in their community.
Audio: High Country Views, episode 3
Audio: High Country Views, episode 3
Sarah Gilman and Cally Carswell talk about tough times for coal.
Too many homes on the range
Too many homes on the range
Custer County, Colo., used to be the third-fastest-growing county in the United States, but no longer.
Audio: Soule on Wolves
Audio: Soule on Wolves
A conversation between Michelle Nijhuis and conservation biologist Michael Soule.
Refugees unsettle the West
Refugees unsettle the West
In Greeley, Colorado, a meatpacking plant observes Muslim traditions such as Ramadan while multicultural refugees adapt to the West's very different landscape and culture.
Blame it all on my crazy biology teacher
Blame it all on my crazy biology teacher
We high school kids thought he was crazy, but our biology teacher, Mr. Richard, worked incredibly hard to inspire us.
Township 13 South, Range 92 West, Section 35
Township 13 South, Range 92 West, Section 35
A writer looks into the history of the people who lived on the Colorado mesa she now calls home.
One man's salt must not burden another man's water
One man's salt must not burden another man's water
The little farming town of Mancos, Colo., is finding ways to remove salt from its water and make irrigation more efficient during drought.
Busted in Rio Blanco
Busted in Rio Blanco
Rio Blanco County, Colo., which was just recently buzzing with oil and gas development, now faces an unexpected slowdown as the national economy tanks.
Must our water always flow uphill toward money?
Must our water always flow uphill toward money?
Bottled water is a silly idea anyway, but Nestle’s plans to bottle spring water from the high desert of Chaffee County, Colo., are beyond absurd.
The terror and beauty of away games
The terror and beauty of away games
In small Western towns, schoolkids – and their parents – often make long journeys over rugged mountain roads just to play other high school sports teams.
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