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At Ollin Farms in Longmont, Mark Guttridge is transitioning from spring crops to vegetables that will ripen in late summer and early fall. Having water later in the summer is crucial for Guttridge, but he knows from experience that that's not guaranteed.

"In 2012, we were in a drought year and it got hot really early just like it did this year in June," he said.

Guttridge uses a combination of ditch and municipal sources to irrigate his 10 acres. The municipal tap is a partial safety net. The part of the farm that relies on water being available in the ditch... that's more vulnerable. Climate change means water from spring runoff is coming earlier, creating new challenges for farmers.

Kate Hand

Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen said the residents of his town are on edge as the Cold Springs fire blazed on for a third day. Five homes in the area have been destroyed and nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated. Larsen told KUNC that the town had worried about the possibility of a fire this summer -- and has been planning for the worst. Two men were arrested and charged with fourth-degree arson for improperly extinguishing a campfire on Saturday, July 9. Investigators say the campfire triggered the blaze northeast of the town. 

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The Cold Springs fire is now 100 percent contained. All areas are open for residents to return, and all mandatory evacuations have been lifted, though residents may not have electricity. Firefighters are mopping up areas and securing fire lines. Crews will continue to patrol within and around the burn area. 

Authorities say the 528 acre fire, which burned primarily two miles northeast of Nederland, was sparked by an out-of-control campfire.

Courtesy of Aaron Rogosin

While the Fourth of July weekend will hold no shortage of opportunities for fireworks, if you’re looking to assert your independence from the same old thing, here are a few options.

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This weekend will be a (BANG!) (ZOOM!) (POW!) good time as Denver Comic Con rolls into town.

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A greenway to connect Denver with Rocky Mountain National Park would provide greater access to wildlife refuges by foot and by bike, but some say the plan would put nature lovers at risk. That’s because part of the trail will snake through Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, the site of a former nuclear weapons manufacturing facility.

With the deadline for a funding grant looming, several cities have chosen sides -- will they contribute to the effort to secure the federal money or not -- and Arvada is the next in line.

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Colorado’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations run the gamut from traditional mariachi music and dancing to chihuahua racing.

Looking for something a little tamer? How about a punk-rock swap meet? Or maybe a concert by one of the originators of indie-rock?

Dan Boyce / Inside Energy

Colorado Supreme Court justices unanimously ruled that state laws protecting the oil and gas industry overrule a hydraulic fracturing ban in Longmont [.pdf] and a five-year moratorium in Fort Collins [.pdf], calling both of the voter-approved moves "invalid and unenforceable." While the industry sees the decision as a big win, opponents view the ballot box as the likely outlet now for gaining more local control.

Fort Collins and Longmont's oil and gas control measures were the headline examples, but they weren't alone in the state. What happens now with similar efforts in Boulder County and Broomfield?

Courtesy of Cirque de la Symphonie

Some days, don't you just want to run away with the circus? Well, it looks like the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra is doing exactly that. If contortionists aren’t your thing, maybe running away with (or more likely from) some blood-thirsty zombies would be more fun…

Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Boulder County commissioners want to create a plan to remove genetically-engineered crops, commonly known as GMOs, off county-owned land.

Commissioners chose not to take a formal vote on the county’s cropland policy at a meeting. Instead the three-person panel directed county staff to write up a transition plan to disallow GMO corn and sugar beets from being grown on open space land within three to seven years.

Currently farmers grow GMO corn and sugar beets on about 1,000 acres of Boulder County open space.

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