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Buying and drying: water lessons from Crowley County

In Otero County, the corn is knee-high, the famous Rocky Ford cantaloupes are almost ready to pick and the onions, tomatoes, sugar beets and...

National Ski Areas Association sues U.S. Forest Service over contested water...

The National Ski Areas Association filed a lawsuit (pdf) in federal court late Monday, arguing that a new clause the U.S. Forest Service is...

Ex-forest official says ski industry exploited ‘lax regulatory environment’ under Bush

Going to court may be “the best way” to resolve a dispute over water rights between the U.S. Forest Service and the National Ski Areas Association, according to a former Forest Service ski area permit coordinator.

Water fight: Lawmakers question new U.S. Forest Service permit clause for...

Colorado lawmakers are worried a new U.S. Forest Service rule could be a drag on the ski industry.

McInnis draws heat in Colorado Springs for dodging water issues

GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis has said he knows “a little something” about Colorado water issues, which is partly why he says he won a $150,000 fellowship from the Hasan Foundation to write "a series of in-depth articles" on Colorado water. McInnis's campaign hasn't commented on the articles or released them and McInnis has said precious little to reporters about his stand on vital water issues in Colorado. But the issue isn't going away, particularly, perhaps, among Colorado Springs Republicans.

Oil shale looms large at key IBCC water meeting in Crested...

Oil shale development was the 800-pound camel in the room last week during a meeting in Crested Butte of the Interbasin Compact Committee, according...

Aurora snaps up water coveted by Ginn Company for private ski...

A troubled private ski and golf development near the old railroad town of Minturn off the backside of Vail Mountain was dealt another blow...

Shell official confirms thirsty nature of oil shale, denies push to...

A Shell Oil official confirmed Friday that the “in situ” oil shale production the company is researching at its Mahogany facility near Rangely currently consumes about three barrels of water for every barrel of oil produced.

Oil giants have “cornered the market” on Western Slope water rights,...

Six energy companies with plans for large-scale oil shale development on the Western Slope, led by ExxonMobil and Shell, have “cornered the market” on water in northwestern Colorado. The study by Boulder-based Western Resource Advocates concludes that the oil shale activity envisioned by energy companies and some state and federal lawmakers would consume as much water as the entire Denver metro area on an annual basis.

Oil shale water-rights battle brewing over Shell’s Yampa River claim

Towns and counties along the Yampa River in rural Northwest Colorado are starting to gird for battle against mighty Shell Oil, which in December filed a claim on the Yampa for enough water to fill a proposed reservoir for future oil shale production.