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The wine industry’s battle with climate change

Winery owner Brent Helleckson’s hands flew among his budding grapevines, pruning off bits of cane as a spring breeze ruffled the plastic tape keeping...

Feds weigh no-drilling plan for North Fork public lands

Home to the small towns of Hotchkiss, Crawford and Paonia, south east of Grand Junction, the North Fork River Valley has long been slated for oil-and-gas development, particularly on the surrounding federal land where exploration can be done inexpensively. But local residents came up with a different plan for how to use the 100 thousand-plus acres, and the feds have agreed to take it into consideration.

Colorado’s backcountry ‘roadless rule’ takes effect

A plan to manage some of Colorado's most prized forests went into effect on Tuesday, marking the end of a seven-year process conducted among an eclectic mix of stakeholders.

North Fork Valley federal lawsuit seeks end to secret oil, gas...

The Citizens for a Healthy Community and Western Environmental Law Center's suit aims to upend the Bureau of Land Management's practice of keeping nominators' names secret until after a lease is sold.

House passes sweeping energy package brought to you by Colorado Republicans

The U.S. House passed a sweeping energy package Thursday that Alison Gannett, a farmer in the North Fork Valley, said puts “oil and gas companies first and Coloradans last.”

BLM to defer disputed auction for oil, gas leases in tranquil...

The Bureau of Land Management is deferring all parcels associated with the August oil and gas lease sale in the North Fork Valley.

‘Flexibility’ the hallmark of preferred, controversial Colorado roadless rule

The preferred plan to manage 4.2 million acres of roadless forests in Colorado will allow for more flexibility than the national rule. That additional flexibility will allow local communities to protect themselves from wildfires, ski areas to expand and coal mining companies to construct venting for methane in the North Fork Valley.

Pace calls for delay of proposed oil, gas leases in Colorado’s...

Drilling opponents in Colorado’s North Fork Valley have an ally in Sal Pace.