A parallel study, undertaken by the River District and environmental-and-recreation advocacy group American Rivers, is looking at nature-based solutions. The idea is that by keeping water on the landscape higher in the basin, it could recharge aquifers and boost river flows in late summer.
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• Snowpack at Indy Pass reached nearly 77% of average on Nov. 27, while McClure Pass was at 140% of average. • The Fork ran at 103% of average below Maroon Creek and at 51% of average at Stillwater on Nov. 27. • High air temperatures reached 46°F on Nov. 22, while low temperatures got as low as 3°F on Nov. 19.
EVENT: From Whiteout to wind-blown: A tale of two counties across America’s great divide
Cheap Land Colorado author Ted Conover in conversation with Aspen Journalism. The conversation at the Albright Pavilion with Aspen Journalism Editor and Executive Director Curtis Wackerle will center on a tale of two counties — Pitkin and Costilla in the San Luis Valley — geographically close but at seemingly opposite ends of the great American divide. Capacity is limited for the free event, so please RSVP here by Dec. 23.
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COVID-19 ON THE WESTERN SLOPE
Looking at these past 2½ years, a lot has changed regarding what we know about the virus, variants, testing, vaccines and treatment options. Some of the public health policies put in place didn’t always make sense or they felt wrong to some people in these communities. But in those early days, they felt they were doing the best they could with the information they had.
The impacts of the pandemic have varied widely across the Western Slope, especially between mountain communities with higher infection rates but lower death rates and counties to the west, which saw fewer cases but higher death rates.
2022 Colorado Press Association Awards
Each of Aspen Journalism’s reporters and editors, as well as two freelance journalists, took home first-place awards.Read more
FIRST PLACE: Best Agriculture Story
As the state of Colorado grapples with whether to implement a demand-management program, which would pay irrigators to temporarily dry up fields in an effort to send more water downstream, there could be unintended consequences for the animals that use irrigated agriculture for their habitat.