Tue January 13, 2015

Learning How White-Nose Kills Bats May Be Key To Saving Them

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist holds a little brown bat.
Ann Froschauer USFWS

White-Nose Syndrome, a disease famous for killing millions of bats in the Eastern United States, has not yet made its way to Colorado – something wildlife managers are happy about. It's still an issue of concern, though, and at the U.S. Geological Survey's Fort Collins Science Center, a researcher has helped make a breakthrough in scientists' understanding of the deadly fungus.

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Tue January 13, 2015

Poll: Colorado Voters Support Physician-aided Death

The Colorado state capitol building.
Ken Lund Flickr-Creative Commons

Colorado legislators are preparing to introduce a law that would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives using physician-prescribed medication.

A new poll commissioned by Compassion and Choices, an advocacy group that supports the practice, finds the majority of Colorado voters support such a measure.

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Tue January 13, 2015

Fort Collins Museum Wants Public’s Experiences To Shape New High Park Fire Exhibit

Helicopter supporting efforts to fight the High Park fire, June 2012.
U.S. Forest Service USDA - Flickr


Tue January 13, 2015

In The North Dakotan Bakken, Size Matters When Oil Prices Fall

A drilling rig outside Watford City, North Dakota, in December 2014.
Emily Carpeaux Inside Energy

Conventional wisdom holds that the crude oil price drop is great news for consumers and terrible for oil companies. But not all oil companies -- or oil fields -- are created equal. When oil prices drop, size and location matter.

Emerald Oil, a small Denver-based oil and gas company that only operates in the Bakken shale of North Dakota, has about 50 wells. That's miniscule compared to giant oil companies. Small operations like Emerald are likely to feel the impact of dropping oil prices first.

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Mon January 12, 2015

Long Term Plans For Five Creeks In Boulder County

Five waterways, including the Little Thompson (pictured above during the flood in 2013) are included in the comprehensive plan that is meant to help rebuilding efforts by identifying actions for stream restoration and flood risk management.
Credit Kerry Grimes / used with permission

It's been almost a year and a half since Boulder County was deluged by rain, causing creeks to swell, and, in some cases, create new channels. Now the county is focusing on long term stabilization of those waterways.

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