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Estranged in America

Estranged in America
Lucia Gaspar was 14 years old when the thing that she and her family dreaded occurred.
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Where Private Land Meets Public Interest: Context and Contests

Where Private Land Meets Public Interest: Context and Contests
Straddling the Colorado-New Mexico border, where the broken peaks of the San Juan Mountains give way to the high desert’s windswept buttes and mesas, a 1.4 million acre expanse harbors some of the wildest land in the Southwest. The last grizzly in the Southern Rockies lurked unnoticed here for decades. Extirpated wolves and wolverines are still rumored to roam the backcountry. Re-introduced Canadian lynx prowl the deep snow beneath conifers. But this this unnamed region, stretching between Colorado’s Wolf Creek Pass and Abiquiú, New Mexico, isn’t pure wilderness. Right in the middle are 500,000 acres of privately owned land, surrounded by three national forests and the Jicarilla Apache reservation.
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Bernie Sanders Rocks the Free World of Denver - Neil Young Approves This Message

Bernie Sanders Rocks the Free World of Denver - Neil Young Approves This Message
“Yeah, we’re over fire code,” a security guard said with a laugh and a shrug while eying the crowd at Bernie Sanders’ jam-packed town-hall meeting Saturday night. Around 5,000 people showed up to see the left-wing dark horse give his first stump speech in Colorado since launching his presidential campaign in May. People of all ages – mostly white – filled the air-conditioned gymnasium at Denver University well before the event was billed to start, though latecomers – or on-time comers – could still watch a live video feed on the outdoor lacrosse field.
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Huge Court Backlog Keeps Immigrants in Limbo for Years

Huge Court Backlog Keeps Immigrants in Limbo for Years
Glenwood Springs immigration attorney Erin Richards has two clients who should be well on their way to becoming U.S. citizens. They have spouses and children who are citizens. They have clean records. They have steady jobs. And they have taken the necessary steps to go before an immigration court and petition to become citizens.
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Statetap: Weed-crazed Colorado Celebrates 420

Statetap: Weed-crazed Colorado Celebrates 420
Happy 420. A dank cloud is wafting across the state in honor of marijuana legalization. Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has compiled a look at the legal pot trade a year-plus into Colorado’s great experiment.
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Roan Plateau Drilling Deal Hailed as Win-Win Energy and Environment

Roan Plateau Drilling Deal Hailed as Win-Win Energy and Environment
FRISCO, Colo.  — A 15 year battle over fossil fuel drilling on northwest Colorado’s remote and rugged Roan Plateau ended last week with the type of compromise that’s rare in energy showdowns.
Under the court-approved deal, the Bureau of Land Management will develop a new plan for the Roan that would protect the most important natural areas atop the 34,000 acre plateau while enabling some drilling in other areas, especially around the base of the plateau.
Energy companies agreed to avoid building roads and drill pads in the plateau’s most sensitive
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Bumpy Road to Legal Marijuana in WA, While CO's Efforts Paved with Gold

Bumpy Road to Legal Marijuana in WA, While CO's Efforts Paved with Gold
As Washington plows toward the legalization of pot, it's finding that getting the cannabis market off the ground has been even tougher than anyone imagined. Among the frustrated are growers who have been waiting months for permission to start raising their bar-coded plants; advocates who wish more public health messaging had been done by now; and would-be pot vendors who say bad luck, minor oversights on their applications, or errors by state officials have torpedoed otherwise promising efforts.
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Gene Johnson
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Lawsuitpalooza: Colorado Fracking Ban Edition

Lawsuitpalooza: Colorado Fracking Ban Edition
Citizens of Lafayette, Colo., have filed a class action lawsuit against the State of Colorado, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) and Governor John Hickenlooper requesting immediate enforcement of Lafayette's Community Rights Charter Amendment to ban fracking.
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Solar's Great Math: 1 New CO Plant = ~500K Cars Off the Road

Solar's Great Math: 1 New CO Plant = ~500K Cars Off the Road
A new solar power plant being conceived in Colorado – with plans to go on line by 2016 – will generate enough power for 13,500 homes, or the equivalent of taking 483,000 cars off the road in the next 20 years.
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Off His Hickenlooper: Conservation Groups Attack CO Gov for Water Bill Veto

Off His Hickenlooper: Conservation Groups Attack CO Gov for Water Bill Veto
Governor John Hickenlooper is drawing backlash for vetoing a bill that conservationists say would have prompted farmers to update their irrigation systems and kept more water in Colorado’s Western Slope streams without asking anyone to forfeit water rights. Hickenlooper said that the final version of the bill, SB 23, lacked sufficient support from agricultural and water groups. Conservationists say Hickenlooper’s veto amounts to a “failure to lead.”
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