Lead Stories

1:25pm

Tue April 21, 2015
Environment

Key Funding For Parks, Recreation Awaits Renewal In Congress

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
Bob Wick Bureau of Land Management

A fund that helps preserve some of the nation’s most iconic natural areas is set to expire in 2015 if it’s not reauthorized by Congress.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which was created in 1965, uses royalties from offshore oil and gas development to build, maintain, and protect public access to outdoor recreation areas – from local community parks to the majestic Continental Divide Trail, which runs through Colorado.

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Tue April 21, 2015

5:00am

Tue April 21, 2015
Environment

NoCO Snowpack Boosted While Southern Colorado Still Dry

ForestWander Wikimedia Commons

Recent snowstorms have pushed Colorado’s snowpack up to 62 percent of normal. But according to experts, those storms didn’t provide relief to the driest areas in the southern half of the state.

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5:00am

Tue April 21, 2015
Housing

New Construction Economics Work Against Home Affordability In Fort Collins

Developer Landon Hoover stands in a field that will one day be turned into the Timbervine neighborhood. The Dry Creek development is behind him.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

There are a lot of people wanting to buy homes in Northern Colorado right now. The problem is there’s not many for sale.

This might seem like a great business opportunity for developers. Build more houses, and the buyers will come. A proposed development next to the Dry Creek neighborhood in northeast Fort Collins shows that the situation is more complicated than that.

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3:13pm

Mon April 20, 2015
Agriculture

Activists Applaud Leprino’s New Animal Treatment Policies

A new set of animal treatment policies from Leprino require farmers who sell to the company to submit to on-farm inspections and stop cattle tail docking, a controversial sanitary practice.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Los Angeles-based animal rights group Mercy For Animals is heaping praise on Denver-based Leprino Foods for its updated animal treatment policies. As the world’s largest maker of mozzarella cheese, the company supplies some of the country’s largest restaurant chains, like Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Papa John’s.

The changes will affect a large number of Colorado dairy farmers, many of whom send milk to Leprino factories in Greeley and Fort Morgan, selling through the dairy cooperative Dairy Farmers of America.

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