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Village at Wolf Creek Staggers Onward

The long-dormant Village at Wolf Creek development staggered back to life recently, with a favorable court ruling obtained by the Forest Service to approve a road access permit across the Ri...

Colorado Legislature considers wetlands protection

Colorado's wetlands and streams could gain needed protections through legislation currently under discussion in the Colorado House of Representatives. Previously, development of wetlands req...

Wolverines on deck for Reintroduction

Colorado recently unveiled plans to move forward with the restoration of another species eliminated from the state in the 1900s, the wolverine. The effort is spearheaded by Colorado Parks an...

Solar planning and development underway

Rapid deployment of utility-scale solar projects is a critical piece to addressing climate change impacts associated with electricity generation. Utilities throughout the West are particular...

BLM assessing big game corridor protections

Winter is a good time to think about the stresses facing deer and elk herds. For big game already struggling with deep snows, public land managers can mitigate development that unnecessarily...

LPEA Challenges Tri-State Contract

In its latest effort to gain control over the cost and generation sources of our local electric supplies, La Plata Electric Association recently sued its wholesale electric supplier for bad...

Grazing deal offers promise for bighorns

It might surprise many that bighorn sheep were perhaps the most abundant big game species in Colorado before European settlement. Or maybe not so surprising, given the preponderance of bigho...

Public lands protections pursued across the Southwest

A policy debate has played out repeatedly across states in the Southwest in recent years over the appropriate locations for mineral development and energy extraction. Communities, tribes and...

New energy and reclamation economy in full swing

The on-the-ground evolution of our region’s energy economy accelerated in July with ground breaking for a large solar project simultaneous with the initial demolition of the coal-fired power...

Forests play a role in fighting climate change

The Earth recently experienced its hottest days on record. The blistering heat waves are yet another ominous indication of climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The changing cli...

Chaco gains reprieve from new drilling

A cherished landscape gained a measure of new protection this month when Interior Secretary Deb Haaland signed an order creating a 10-mile buffer zone around Chaco Culture National Historica...

Energy choices come into focus

Whitewater boating season offers a metaphor for our local energy supply. We’re in the calm pool edging closer and closer to the lip of the rapid, before plunging into frothy waves below. Tha...