Western Slope

November 6, 2014--Aspen’s clean-river program faces long-term funding issues (Aspen Daily News)

The city of Aspen’s program that aims to keep pollutants out of the Roaring Fork River is facing a long-term structural deficit that will require officials to either reduce the effort’s scope or find new funding sources.

November 5, 2014--Silt water district freed from TABOR (Glenwood Post Independent)

The Silt Water Conservancy District was successfully “de-Bruced,” according to unofficial election results, with 1,943 voters in favor (58.5 percent) and 1,381 against. The approval will mean the district will be able to collect money for repair and replacement of irrigation equipment for Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap reservoirs.

November 3, 2014--Global warming takes bite out of Colorado ski season (Colorado Independent)

A delayed opening at two of Colorado’s biggest ski resorts is a sign that global warming is nipping away at both ends of the ski season. Both Keystone and Copper Mountain widely publicized Halloween openings, but last week, Copper reset its opening day to Nov. 7, and Keystone Resort officials say they will fire up the lifts as soon as they can. Breckenridge is scheduled to open Nov.

November 3, 2014--GOP candidates push hard for state control over federal lands (Colorado Independent)

Republicans aren’t just gunning for control of both houses of the State Legislature on Tuesday, they’d also like state government to take over millions of acres of federal lands in Colorado to increase logging, grazing, mining and oil and gas drilling.

November 3, 2014--Negotiations due on proposals for new water diversions (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A statewide panel’s conceptual agreement on a framework for negotiations on possible transmountain diversions was “a major victory” for the group, a Mesa County member of the panel says. But that Interbasin Compact Committee member, Carlyle Currier, acknowledges that the devil is in the details.

November 2, 2014--Changing landscape for Colorado agriculturists (Montrose Daily Press)

Creamer looks after a group of Lazy JB Angus show hiefers, part of the livestock recently sold via an online market.

November 2, 2014--Pandora water treatment plant now functional (Telluride Daily Planet)

Twenty years after the Pandora Water Treatment Plant was proposed by local officials concerned about long-term municipal water supply, the facility is up and running, generating clean water. The Pandora Water Treatment Plant valves were opened up on Oct. 24 and everything worked, Telluride Public Works Director Paul Ruud said.

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