Some nonprofit agencies, like Community Options in Montrose, are in a bind. Paying their workers more is straining their budget.
The Mesa Land Trust and the Black Canyon Regional Land Trust have teamed up to do more to protect the Western Slope's scenery, from recreational hotspots to peach country.
Telluride High School was closed Monday as various law enforcement agencies searched the building.
State regulators have relaxed testing requirements for drilling near Project Rulison, the site of an underground nuclear bomb explosion in 1969.
Even with advances and efficiencies, not every energy company can make it work in Western Colorado — the costs are just too high.
The proposed natural gas export terminal brings hope to West Slope leaders but concerns about eminent domain and economic viability have slowed the project.
The school district’s per pupil funding, at $7,500, is among the state’s lowest, ranked 171 of 178 districts. The average age of a school is 44 years.
The EPA is installing a barrier at the mine outside Silverton to prevent another spill like the one in 2015 that sent 3 million gallons of toxic water into rivers.
Colorado is hard up for teachers. Graduates from the state’s teacher prep programs are down by 24 percent.
DACA currently protects more than 17,000 Colorado minors from deportation.