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States Start Water Conservation Program

WATER CONSERVATIONThe states of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico have begun a test program to shore up declining reservoir levels if the 15-year drought that has plagued the Colorado River continues into the future. On July 1st, the four states approved 10 projects that allow farmers, municipalities and other water users to Continue reading

States Urge EPA to Back Off on Water Rule

EPA-300Representatives from 31 states are urging the EPA to extend the effective date of the planned Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, which is currently set to go in effect August 28th. Once the rule gets into effect, virtually every river, stream and creek in the U.S. will come under the oversight of bureaucrats from the EPA. The Continue reading

March Ends with no Help for Snowpack

SNOWPACKThe National Weather Service says March was bad for the state’s snowpack. That’s after the snowiest February on record. The dry spell saw the statewide snowpack reduced from 87 percent of average at the end of February to 69 percent as of yesterday. Western water providers and farmers watch mountain snowpack closely in the Continue reading

Gardner Co-Sponsors Bill to Legalize Hemp Growing

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced yesterday that he is co-sponsoring the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, introduced by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, and Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul of Kentucky. The legislation would legalize industrial hemp for commercial use by excluding industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Continue reading

State Could Pay More for Local Food in Schools

SCHOOL FOODA Colorado bill to spend about $5 million to put more local produce in school cafeterias has passed its first test at the Colorado Legislature. But the bill passed narrowly after complaints that it takes money away from classroom instruction. The bill sets up a grant program to make Colorado the 17th state to chip in grant money in addition to federal programs to help get more locally grown foods on Continue reading

Soil Health Workshop to be Held Next Week

CSU Extension-150Residents are encouraged to learn the importance of soil conservation and how to increase soil health and quality with an event next week.  The CSU Extension Office will host a Soil Health Workshop and Farm Tour on the 29th.  The goal is to provide the education through field demonstrations and lectures Continue reading

Tipton Questions Witnesses on Harmful Effects of Water Grab

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) questioned witnesses on the impact that the proposed U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Groundwater Directive and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waters of the U.S. rule will have on Western water users including farmers and ranchers, ski areas, municipalities and others during a Continue reading

Farmers to be Compensated for Donated Food

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300Farmers now have an incentive to donate produce to Colorado food banks.  Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill Friday that will give farmers a tax credit for a quarter of the wholesale market price of the food.  He held a signing ceremony on a truck bed at Adobe House Farm in Durango with farmers, ranchers and Continue reading

Tipton Drops in to Talk About Water

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton stopped by the Wild West Radio studios yesterday to talk about his visit to Northwest Colorado.  Tipton has been busy with legislation to improve the state’s wildfire fighting fleet, investigations into the Benghazi incident, and fighting against federal water grabs, the latest of which was recently introduced by the U.S. Forest Service.  This is the third Continue reading