Western Slope

3:27pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Water

It’s Official: Colorado Oil Shale Development Would Use Tons Of Water

Aerial view of the new town of Battlement Mesa under construction during the oil shale boom in Garfield County. August 27, 1981.
Elderkin, R.L. Jr. U.S. Geological Survey

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.

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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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11:38am

Wed May 28, 2014
Western Slope

Geologists: Soft Rock, Steep Slope Contributors In Collbran Mudslide

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 7:44 pm

This map, put together by the USGS in 1982, shows which parts of the country are most prone to landslides. The areas shaded in red have the highest landslide incidence.
USGS

The area where the Collbran mudslide happened has seen similar slides in the past. Geologists say relatively weak rock and steep terrain create a recipe for such natural disasters. Still, Colorado in general is less vulnerable to slides than wetter areas, like the west coast. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

The Colorado Geological Survey began mapping landslides near Collbran in the 1980’s. They discovered the area where this debris flow happened was prone to slides.

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7:13am

Tue May 27, 2014
Western Slope

Rescuers Halt Search For 3 Missing After Sunday's Landslide Near Collbran

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 6:14 pm

Officials said energy resources in the area were also threatened by debris and energy companies had to bring in a bulldozer on Monday to try and clear a road for workers to access condensate tanks, which are used in natural gas production in a process known as hydraulic fracturing, in order to drain them.
 

    

Three people are missing including a county worker and his son after Sunday's massive landslide outside of the town of Collbran. 

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3:20pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Water

Water Board Sets Allotment For Northern Colorado Farmers, Cities

A power plant within Big Thompson Canyon, a crucial water way for the Colorado-Big Thompson project which pulls water from Western Slope streams to Front Range cities and farms.
Credit U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Northern Colorado farmers and municipalities will see a bump from last fall in how much supplemental water they receive from the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, which pulls Western Slope water to the Front Range.

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