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Little ditch, big deal: How an off-grid couple won their fight...

This story originally appeared on H2O Radio.  Living off the grid in Colorado's vast San Luis Valley, Chuck and Barbara Tidd needed to find a...

A community curbs pain pill abuse, but heroin addiction grows

In December 2014, as snow clung to the San Luis Valley in southwestern Colorado, nurses in the community helped deliver four babies that tested positive...

After years of drought and overuse, the San Luis Valley aquifer...

This story first appeared in High Country News.   The San Luis Valley in southern Colorado is an 8,000-square-mile expanse of farmland speckled with potato, alfalfa,...

White-nose syndrome comes to the West

This story first appeared on High Country News. The disease that’s wiped out at least 7 million bats in the East and Midwest has now jumped...

Homebrew: Sheriff’s deputies suspended for incompetence

Bad job Three sheriff’s deputies at the Denver jail have been suspended “with two of them erroneously releasing a prisoner, and the third missing the...

First-ever public lands auction for solar power plants bombs

On the home turf of former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, the Colorado lease auction was intended as a showcase for the renewable energy push.

Obama-backed restoration projects putting more than 20,000 low-income youth to work

Four new conservation projects in Colorado will add to the more than 20,000 work opportunities for low-income youth on public lands this summer.

Xcel plan to scrap San Luis Valley project greeted with cheers,...

Xcel Energy’s announcement this week that it’s pulling the plug on a controversial and hotly contested transmission line project in the San Luis Valley is being cheered by local environmentalists but viewed with skepticism by Xcel’s partner in the project, Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

Three Colorado conservation projects announced

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today joined Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper at the ribbon-cutting for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to announce that they will partner together to advance three conservation initiatives in Colorado as part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative.

Billionaire Bacon stands to profit from Xcel transmission lines he bitterly...

Hedge fund billionaire Louis Bacon, who has been battling Xcel Energy in its bid to run new transmission lines across his massive Trinchera Ranch in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado, apparently wins even if he loses. The Denver Post Friday reported Bacon's hedge fund, Moore Capital Management, owns nearly $56 million in Xcel stock and stands to profit from the power lines that will connect the sun-soaked San Luis Valley and its many solar power facilities to Colorado’s Front Range cities.