5:00am

Wed December 17, 2014
Water

Drought Of 2012 Took Big Toll On Ogallala Aquifer

A center pivot irrigation system in Northeast Colorado
Greg Goebel Flickr-Creative Commons

In Northeastern Colorado, farmers growing food like corn and potatoes depend for water on a giant, underground reservoir. Called the Ogallala, or High Plains aquifer, this water source spreads across eight high plains states like a giant, underground lake.

In times of drought, farmers who use the aquifer for water take more of it. A report from the U.S. Geological Survey, published December 16, shows the 2012 drought significantly diminished the Ogallala's water.

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5:00am

Wed December 17, 2014
Hidden Colorado

'World's Smallest Ski Resort' Once Lived Outside Of Greeley

Sharktooth as it appears now, seen from the nearby Poudre Trail.
Jim Hill KUNC

Colorado is known worldwide for incredible skiing on its magnificent mountains… but the resort experience also comes with long lines and uber-expensive lift tickets. Back in the 1970s you could have simply headed to Greeley.

Instead of dodging moguls, you could have been dodging tumbleweeds at Sharktooth Ski Area – located on the plains east of the Rockies, perched atop a 150-foot bluff overlooking the Poudre River.

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3:46pm

Tue December 16, 2014
Health

With Budget Approval, Rape Kits Will Again Be Available in Boulder County

Credit Joe Mahoney / Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Beginning in 2015 sexual assault exams will once again be available in Boulder County. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, or SANE will be housed at Boulder Community Health and utilize nurse training assistance through the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Until their reintroduction, the exams haven’t been available in Boulder County or on the campus of the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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5:00am

Tue December 16, 2014
Energy

Wyoming Looks To Sidestep Urban Energy Development Tensions

Retired Air Force colonel, Barry Burns is concerned that drilling could soon move close to his Cheyenne, Wyo. home.
Stephanie Joyce Wyoming Public Media

So far, Wyoming has largely managed to avoid the tensions over oil and gas development that have cropped up in other states. It's not hard to imagine that it's just a matter of time though, as companies have filed for hundreds of drilling in the vicinity of the state's largest city, Cheyenne.

Unlike the common refrain elsewhere, it's exceedingly rare for anyone in Wyoming to call for a ban on drilling or even protest the status quo. Despite that, there are signs that tensions are rising.

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10:17am

Mon December 15, 2014
Education

Denver Broncos, Colorado State Create New Sports Management Institute

Grace Hood KUNC

Colorado State University has announced plans to offer a newly developed interdisciplinary minor in sports management for undergraduate students. The program will be coupled with the creation of a public-private partnership known as the Denver Broncos Sports Management Institute.

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8:16am

Mon December 15, 2014
Energy

Clashes In Colorado, Elsewhere Hone Oil Industry's Focus On Social License

A drilling rig at night near houses outside of Mead, Colo., pictured in August 2012.
Jim Hill KUNC

As the oil and gas industry navigates this latest energy boom, it's facing a new and sometimes fraught relationship with the American public.

On the front lines are people like Alex Hohmann, a 30-something, fresh-faced engineer, currently holding the title of Stakeholder Relations Manager for Anadarko Petroleum. Previously, he designed systems to efficiently tap oil reservoirs, but now he's responsible for the much squishier task of getting neighbors' blessings for Anadarko's drilling projects in Northern Colorado.

"It's tantamount to Relationship 101," Hohmann explained.

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7:42am

Mon December 15, 2014
Energy

As Oil Dips, What To Watch For In Colorado And Other Boom States

Gas prices in Colorado, and the rest of the country, keep dropping as oil prices plummet.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

As oil prices go down, down, down (they've dropped 40 percent since June 2014), what most Coloradans notice is that they are paying less for gas. Other than that, the average person might not see much of an effect.

That doesn't mean one isn't coming. As oil prices stay low or continue to drop, energy boom states like Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota may soon see impacts on jobs and even state budgets. Here are a few key indicators that offer help in tracking the on-the-ground effect of falling oil prices.

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3:50pm

Fri December 12, 2014
Energy

Court Denies Fort Collins' Request To Halt Fracking While City Appeals Ruling

A drilling rig in Northern Colorado.
KUNC File Photo

The city of Fort Collins has once again been rebuffed in its efforts to keep hydraulic fracturing out of city limits.

On Friday, Dec. 12, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled the city cannot prevent fracking while it appeals an earlier court decision striking down its moratorium on the practice.

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