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The Yampa River is ‘over-appropriated’: There isn’t enough water for everyone who wants it

Smaller sections of the upper Yampa and some of its tributaries have already been deemed over-appropriated, including the upper Yampa River when increased development in Steamboat Springs put more demand on the river. But as climate change and extended periods of drought continue to dry up the West, state engineer and director of the Colorado Division of Water Resources Kevin Rein said it was necessary to expand the designation to the lower part of the river, too.

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Big Colorado ski resorts dominate, but these small, city-owned ski areas keep up the tradition of skiing for all


When people think of Colorado skiing, certain big resorts pop to mind. 

Aspen. Telluride. Vail. 

Maybe they even know some of the smaller ski areas, like Powderhorn outside of Grand Junction, or Ski Cooper near Leadville.

But there’s another level of small when it comes to the state’s ski areas, so small that if you’re in the tiny community of Ouray, you literally turn up Third Avenue, go two blocks, and there you are. 

This is the world of little, city-owned ski hills, and they’re scattered across western Colorado.

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One more story before you go...

A World War II vet is reunited with the bracelet — inscribed with his wife’s name — he lost during the war

When Joe Esquibel was just a teenager and about to be sent off to World War II, he bought himself a keepsake: a small, silver bracelet. On one side, he had the engraver add his signature. On the other, he used a nail to scratch the first name of his sweetheart back home in New Mexico.


Not too long after, he found himself guarding a prisoner of war camp in what was then known as Czechoslovakia. One day in 1945, right before he was supposed to leave for Germany, he discovered that one of his bags was missing.

“And they stole my items that I had in the duffle bag,” said Esquibel, now 95.

The bracelet, among other things, was gone.