• Federal Restrictions on Sage Grouse Habitat Lifted Billings, Montana—The federal government has finalized changes to land use plans for Colorado and 10 other western states to ease energy industry restrictions  in a way officials say will protect the Greater Sage Grouse.  Environmentalists say the changes will undermine protections for the ground-dwelling bird. Acting Bureau of Land Management Director Brian Steed says the ...
  • “Bomb Cyclone” is Similar to a Hurricane DENVER (AP) – Meteorologists say the storm raging across the West and Midwest was caused by a sudden and severe drop in air pressure called a “bomb cyclone” or “bombogenesis.” Low air pressure is how meteorologists measure the strength of a storm, and this is the strongest in Colorado since at least 1950. Pressure readings ...
  • Members Durango City Government Accused of Violating State Laws DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – A Durango resident has accused the city's manager and four city councilors of using city resources to advocate for a tax increase. The Durango Herald reports John Simpson has filed a complaint with Durango City Clerk Amy Phillips, alleging Mayor Sweetie Marbury; city councilors Chris Bettin, Dean Brookie and Dick White; ...
  • Hospital Expenditures Must Now be Disclosed DENVER (AP) – Colorado's Senate has tentatively endorsed bipartisan legislation requiring hospitals to disclose many of their expenditures in an effort to help lower health care costs. The Senate voted Wednesday to approve the bill.
  • Spring 2019 Issues and Answers 
  • Hungry Beetles Continue to Ravage Colorado Forests Denver—Spruce beetles damaged over 178,000 acres of Colorado's high country according to the state forest service. The agency's annual report said wildfires consumed the second largest area in state history in 2018.  The report says dense, unhealthy forests, drought and warmer temperatures are to blame. Since 2000, the forest service says the beetle has destroyed ...
  • Local Rivers & Snowpack much Improved Basalt—Last week the snowpack in the Roaring Fork watershed sat at 116 percent of normal. Today, it's 139 percent.  According to the Roaring Fork Conservancy, most SnoTel sites around the watershed saw an increase in the snow water equivalent (SWE) of around three inches. Meanwhile, steady rain boosted local river and stream flows to above ...
  • Aspen Airport Curfew Aspen—American Airlines may have to pay a fine for breaking curfew rules at Sardy Field this winter.  Pitkin County Attorney John Ely says an independent hearing officer will oversee a public hearing to decide if fines are warranted.  According to the rules, planes cannot take off from the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport after 10:30 pm and ...
  • Another Banner Year for Rocky Mountain National Park FORT COLLINS (AP) – Rocky Mountain National Park recorded nearly 4.6 million visitors last year, making it the third most-visited national park in the U.S. The park ranked below Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 11.4 million visitors and Grand Canyon National Park with 6.4 million. According to the National Park Service, the number of visitors ...
  • Reinsurance Bill Passed by Colorado Committee Denver—Western Slope communities might get a little financial relief from exorbitantly high health costs under a bill that was passed this week by the Health and Insurance Committee.  The so-called “reinsurance” measure introduced by Carbondale Republican Senator Bob Rankin when he was in the house, was defeated last year.  This year's version however has gained ...