Tag: Colorado

Greater sage grouse are declining as sagebrush is lost to development across the West, which could lead to a dire and costly endangered-species listing. So, in northwestern Colorado, ranchers and others are figuring out how they can create a sagebrush marketplace that could make protecting sagebrush and grouse a money maker.

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Fracking for oil and gas has collided with cities’ growth on Colorado’s Front Range, elevating fears over health and environmental impacts. But citizens aren’t waiting for state or local officials or the courts to hand down tougher rules. My article for High Country News in August 2013, covers the issue, ahead of election season when several communities will vote on fracking bans.

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Anyone looking for something to do this Fourth of July and within striking distance of the tiny town of Cuba, New Mexico, should go check out the Rainbow Family at its annual gathering on national forest lands. In 2005, I reported on the Rainbow gathering outside Steamboat Springs for the Colorado Springs Independent, definitely one of the more entertaining assignments I’ve had.

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