Farmers Are Seeking More Temporary H-2A Workers, And Keeping Them Longer

The high-desert town of Palisade, Colorado, is synonymous with fresh, locally grown peaches. Years ago, thousands of migrant workers would flock here each year in August to harvest the fuzzy fruit. But today, on its narrow dirt roads, Bruce Talbott drives a truck loaded down with 9 tons of wine grapes.

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Colorado River water managers have plenty to argue about. But there’s one thing on which nearly everyone who relies on the southwestern river can agree. The foundational document that divvies up the water -- the Colorado River Compact -- has some big flaws.

Discussion on how to fix the compact’s problems is where that consensus breaks down, often with the invocation of one word: renegotiation.

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The U.S. branch of the world's largest meat producer will pay $4 million in back wages and other monetary relief as part of a consent decree settling allegations by federal labor officials.

The Greeley Tribune reports the U.S. Department of Labor claimed in two actions that JBS USA discriminated based on race and gender against applicants for laborer positions at its facilities in Hyrum, Utah, and Cactus, Texas.

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A wooden troll that proved to be too popular in a Colorado ski resort town is gone but it's possible he could find another home there.

Workers in Breckenridge used a chainsaw and backhoe to remove the 15-foot (4.5 meter) sculpture known as Isak Heartstone Thursday. The Summit Daily News reports that most of the work created by Danish artist Thomas Dambo was discarded or recycled but that some pieces were saved and put in storage in hopes of installing the sculpture somewhere else.

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Most of the clichés and cutesy comparisons that can be made, have been made about the young boy-genius chef Flynn McGarry. He’s been written about until you’re fed up with the stories. Newspapers and local television news programs have gushed. The New Yorker wrote about McGarry when he was 13. He’s been on the cover of The New York Times magazine.

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On this week's Colorado Edition, the midterms are behind us and the stars aligned for the Democratic party in Colorado; meanwhile we look up at the night sky and wonder… where did all the stars go? (Don’t panic, they’re still there - we just can’t see them because of all the lights around here.) Plus – what’s the impact of a shorter school week? Hint: It’s not as easy for parents to play hooky as they'd probably like.

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Weld County is celebrating National Adoption Day by finalizing the adoptions of 10 children and teens on Friday.

Finalization is the last step in the adoption process. Treats and stuffed animals for the kids will fill a courtroom in the Weld County Courthouse as a judge makes their adoptions offical.

Four years ago, Ashlee Caruth was the mom of three daughters when she learned that her nieces had been placed into foster care. Right away, she started searching for the girls, willing to adopt them.

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Dozens of people who live near oil and gas wells pleaded with the Trump administration Wednesday not to roll back rules for methane pollution, while industry representatives said the changes should go further.

The Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing in Denver on the administration's plans to loosen regulations imposed by the Obama administration in 2016. The rules require energy companies to step up the detection and elimination of methane leaks at well sites and other oil and gas facilities.

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Update: 1:40 p.m., Thursday, 11/15/18: The sculpture “Isak Heartstone” has been dismantled. Officials with Breckenridge Creative Arts said the major components of the art work have been saved and are being stored in the hopes that it can be reinstalled or reimagined at another location.

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The American Red Cross launched First Aid for Opioid Overdoses, a new online course aimed at teaching volunteers how to respond to a known or suspected opioid overdose.

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The Steamboat Springs City Council heard multiple proposals on Tuesday to ban plastic bags within city limits.

The ban was proposed by the Steamboat Springs High School Teen Council. They’ve been researching the topic for the last year. Andrew Petersen presented their case. He says it’s important for his generation to make a difference.

“If we don’t tackle this now, when? Because we are the ones that are going to be dealing with some of the issues that we’re facing now,” said Petersen. “So, us taking the initiative is just setting the precedent for the future.”

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