Tue August 26, 2014

Brush Businessman Keeps Defunct Prison Pot Grow Efforts Alive

Colorado's High Plains Correctional Facility sits just north of Brush, Colorado.
Grace Hood KUNC

Brush leaders have blocked efforts from a local entrepreneur to turn an old prison into a spot for researching and growing marijuana. But that's not stopping Nick Erker from pursuing another path for approval for his plan.

"In the privacy of the voting booth, I think we're going to get to see how people really feel about this," said the Brush-based owner of Colorado Farm Products.

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Tue August 26, 2014

Colorado's Marijuana Industry Faces Food Safety Test

Maka Kalaí, manager of Organic Alternatives, a recreational and medical marijuana store in Fort Collins, Colorado, holds up a card that tells the reader to "start low, go slow." when it comes to edibles, meaning eat a little bit and give it some time to kick in.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use earlier in 2014, it also opened the door for food products infused with the drug to anyone over the age of 21. That means a whole set of bakers and food companies have to ensure new products aren’t contaminated with foodborne pathogens. And they have to make sure they’re falling into the hands of children or are too potent to eat.

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Tue August 26, 2014

Lodging Numbers Show Colorado Not Just A Winter Playground

Resorts, like Copper Mountain, are courting summer vacationers with activites like biking, hiking, and boating.
Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

Tourism is a multibillion dollar industry in Colorado. Mountain resort communities do a majority of their business during the winter months – but summer can be just as profitable. According to the Denver-based travel research firm Destimetrics, Colorado’s resorts are poised to have a banner 2014.

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Tue August 26, 2014

Could Solar-Microgrid Combos Guard Against Grid Threats?

In Del Norte, Colo., Public Works Supervisor Kevin Larimore shows off an array of solar panels that provide electricity for the town's water supply.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

The small and sunny town of Del Norte, and most of southwestern Colorado’s San Luis Valley, is served by one major power line. It comes in the valley through stretches of the Rio Grande National Forest, where long periods of drought and spruce beetle infestations have led to significantly higher fire danger in the last 15 years.

Del Norte is the example of a community at risk, one that needs to find creative solutions to a possible electrical grid disaster.

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Tue August 26, 2014

In Colorado, Conversation About Lawn Water Use Begins

Colorado water experts are discussing how much water should be used for watering new lawns.
Robert Couse-Baker Flickr-Creative Commons

As Colorado plans for a future with more people and less water, some in the world of water are turning to the problem of lawns.

In the 2014 legislative session, state senator Ellen Roberts (R-Durango) introduced a bill [.pdf] that would limit lawns in new developments if they took water from farms.  Although the bill was changed dramatically before it passed, that proposal opened up a statewide conservation about how water from agriculture and the Western Slope is used – particularly when it is growing Front Range grass.

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