Colorado River basin states want congressional approval by April 22 so that Mexico also will contribute water starting in 2020.
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Pros: affordable real estate, adjacency to BLM land. Cons: just one small, regional airport.
The 2019 Hanging Lake shuttle season runs from May 1 - Oct. 31, daily from 6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Interior Department had revised those plans this month as part of President Donald Trump's oil and gas efforts.
The proposal that states have spent years negotiating got its first hearing before Congress on Wednesday.
Senate Bill 181 passed the Senate two weeks ago and is expected to clear the House as early as Friday. Gov. Jared Polis supports it.
US 550 is open but transportation officials still advise caution. Crews are still clearing the shoulders of the road. Also, they found an 11-foot-wide boulder on the road.
The order comes amid complaints that millions of acres of state and federal land in the American West can only be reached by traveling across private property as federal law allows the sale or exchange of public lands.
Tribes want specific language in a BLM plan that would prevent drilling near the park, instead of protesting four times a year when the energy industry requests lease sales on certain parcels.
The moratorium on new oil and gas development in the county is just a "timeout" while Senate Bill 181 is ironed out at the state Capitol.
The U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday that more than 50 percent of the state is not under any drought conditions -- last week it was only 17 percent.
One good year of snowpack won't reduce long-term risks on the river.
Increased snow and rain in the Rio Grande basin states during February and March have created a statewide snowpack 135 percent above normal.
In the past two decades, there have been more daily records set for highs than for lows across all regions of the United States.
This season's avalanches and snow slides are surprising even CDOT veterans.