Business

5:00am

Fri June 27, 2014
Oil and Gas

Following In Washington's Footsteps, Montana Releases Crude Oil Rail Routes

A BNSF train outside of Houston, Texas. As a company, BNSF ships large ammounts of Bakken crude oil.
Roy Luck Flickr - Creative Commons

A dozen or more trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken region are moving across northern Montana every week, skirting the edge of Glacier National Park. More trains - far fewer in number - pass through populated regions farther south.

Governor Steve Bullock has released the route information, making Montana the latest state, after Washington, to buck railroads’ requests to keep the information out of public hands.

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10:11am

Thu June 26, 2014
Agriculture

'Tumbleweed Eater' Works to Take a Bite Out of the Invasive Plant

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 10:20 am

A Skid Steer Loader pulls tumbleweed out of a ditch.
Tucker Hampson KRCC

It’s harvest season in El Paso County, but this crop isn’t exactly what one might expect. KRCC's Tucker Hampson reports.

 

A Skid Steer Loader, which looks kind of like a big Bobcat, pulls tumbleweeds out of a ditch. The tumbleweeds are then chopped up by a converted 1995 John Deere Harvester, dubbed the Tumbleweed Eater, and then shot out into neighboring fields.

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6:00am

Thu June 26, 2014
Agriculture

Working Out The Kinks To Rebrand Colorado As An Agritourism Destination

Carol Zadrozny, owner of Z's Orchard in Palisade, Colorado has had trouble securing insurance coverage for her agritourism attractions.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Colorado already draws thousands of visitors each year for skiing, hiking, beer drinking and, most recently, marijuana sampling. In 2012, those visitors spent more than $16 billion in the state. Tourism officials want more and they’re looking to do it by bringing well-educated “traveling foodies” to the state.

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7:00am

Mon June 23, 2014
Transportation

CDOT To Start Work On I-70 Shoulder Express Lane In Fall

Winter congestion on I-70 Westbound
Colorado Department of Transportation Used With Permission

After the high of a powder-perfect ski weekend, Colorado downhillers returning to the Front Range often face the buzzkill of a traffic-clogged I-70 eastbound trip.

The state's Department of Transportation will start construction on a solution to that problem in a few months, spokeswoman Amy Ford said.

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5:00am

Mon June 23, 2014
Oil and Gas

As The Energy Boom Goes Urban, Wyoming Now Faces Many Of Colorado’s Challenges

Laramie County well locations and permit applications, May 2014.
Laramie County Planning Department

Oil and gas booms can seem remote, it’s not like they happen in your backyard.

Unless they do – take Laramie County, Wyoming, where a surge in well permitting threatens to bring drilling closer to a large number of homes. Although Wyoming has a long history with oil and gas, it’s almost always been in rural areas. A boom in Laramie County would change that and some say the state is ill-prepared to deal with the issues that arise when communities bump up against drilling.

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