An ongoing oil and gas boom in the Rocky Mountains and northern Great Plains region of the country is reshaping the way the U.S. gets its power. At the same time, debates over energy production and policy, especially along Colorado’s heavily populated Front Range, are becoming more high-profile and polarized.
Hemp seedlings sprout in a warehouse in Lafayette, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is picking a fight with the federal government, and it’s all about hemp. The state is suing the Drug Enforcement Agency over a shipment of hemp seed. With Colorado farmers currently exploring their options with the plant, a final decision in the case could have implications here too.
During an election year, campaign signs start popping up along area roadways. Sometimes they’re placed where they shouldn't be, and patrols from the Colorado Department of Transportation are taking to the streets to clear them from the state’s right of way.
Growing demand for intensive mental-health treatment in the state and a decline in the supply of psychiatric beds have put added pressure on emergency rooms. In cases when patients pose a danger to themselves or others, ERs become the default holding place.
Public art has a long history of sparking controversy. Take the case of the recently repaired Washington Monument in D.C. Now iconic, it weathered funding issues, warring political factions stealing building blocks, and the public rejecting a first attempt.
A proposed art installation in Boulder can now relate to the sting of public rejection.