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What the 2018 farm bill means for the West Lawmakers see hemp legalization and...

After a long journey through the Senate and House agriculture committees, the 2018 farm bill is expected to clear the president’s desk soon. The bill, which...

Feds set urgent deadline on Colorado River drought plan Interior Dept. to Arizona and...

LAS VEGAS – Reforming western water policy has always been an exercise in political maneuvering, stop-and-start negotiations and bureaucratic delays. Progress comes slowly and...

Climate change report: Southwest to see more heat, water scarcity, fires and food insecurity...

This story was originally published by NM Political Report and is reprinted here with permission of the Report. Climate change is here. It’s human-caused. And it’s...

Guest Post: Raging California wildfires give us a taste of climate change’s deadly potential

Wildfires continued to ravage both ends of California Wednesday, claiming at least 50 lives so far, with more than 200 people still missing, while...

PARCHED: Climate change and growth pushing CO toward a water crisis Gov. John Hickenlooper's...

Editor's note: This story is the latest in The Colorado Independent's ongoing series, PARCHED, which tracks Colorado's water plan and water supplies in the...

Two candidates for this rural Senate seat push different solutions to looming water shortages...

CARBONDALE - At the head of the Crystal River Valley, automated sprinklers trundle across fields that hug Highway 133, scattering precious water over green...

After years of drought, Colorado water bosses face uncertainty

On June 1, a spark near the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad ignited a flame in the Animas River gorge north of Durango....

Is a water war brewing on the Colorado River?

Officials from Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico recently sent a letter to counterparts in Arizona, hoping to avert a crisis. The problem, if...

Money for water: A pilot project wins over skeptical farmers and ranchers

PINEDALE, WY – When Freddie Botur, 45, whose ranch spans 72,000 acres outside of Pinedale, Wyoming, first heard about a program that was paying...

PARCHED: Anticipated tab for state water plan doubles in less than two years

Implementing Gov. John Hickenlooper’s ambitious water plan likely will cost at least twice what the administration projected. When releasing the statewide strategy in 2015, James...