Colorado’s wildfire season has been quiet so far, only 3,400 acres have burned across the state. That’s a far cry from the well over 100,000 acres blackened by July 2013.
Energy development takes water, and in Colorado, water is a precious resource. That is why debate has raged for years over just how much water one type of energy development – oil shale – would use.
Now, environmentalists say they have forced one company, Chevron, to admit that developing oil shale in Western Colorado would use a whole lot of water.
Sunday marks 20 years since 14 firefighters died on Storm King Mountain in western Colorado. A public commemoration will take place that afternoon in Glenwood Springs at Two Rivers Park, the site of a memorial.
Coloradans may be thankful they don't live in hurricane country, as our Independence Day forecast looks mostly sunny.
That dry weather may not last, however. According to projections from the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center, July – typically the start of monsoon season – is likely to be wetter than average. It's also supposed to be slightly cooler than normal. Five of Denver's warmest July's have occurred in the past decade, with the warmest ever July taking place in 2012.
Visitors who flock to Rocky Mountain National Park over the July 4 weekend will still see damage to popular trails, roads and bridges from September's flooding.