Colorado

Irrigation
2:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Recovering from flooding, Colorado farmers hope for enough water

Construction workers rebuild a section of Highland Ditch Company’s irrigation infrastructure that was washed out in flooding near Lyons, Colorado.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

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When September’s flood waters came down from the Front Range foothills, they destroyed homes and wrecked office parks. The water ruined roads, bridges and highways. The floods destroyed farms and crops, and unleashed tremendous pressure on aging irrigation infrastructure, some of which dated back to the late 1800s.

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Marijuana in Colorado
8:01 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Colorado creates food safety system to regulate marijuana industry

A marijuana plant glows purple under grow lights at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Colorado made history when it opened up licensed marijuana retail shops this year. Aside from just legalizing the purchase of smoke-able marijuana, it also means pot brownies have the potential to be big business. Food products infused with marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, are available in stores across the state.

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Language maps (2)
9:01 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

THANKSgiving in the Panhandle and ThanksGIVing in Kansas – speaking of food on the High Plains

Residents of the Texas Panhandle are more likely to use the more southern pronunciation of emphasizing the THANKS in Thanksgiving (light blue shading).

If you live in the Texas Panhandle you’re more likely to be discussing plans for THANKSgiving rather than ThanksGIVing, as you might it Kansas.  There’s commonality in how we speak across the High Plains but also differences.  Click through the slide show above to view some food-related differences in pronunciation and usage across the region. 

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Colorado State Government
8:01 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Explaining Colorado's Amendment 66

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Next week, Colorado voters go to the polls to vote on a state constitutional amendment to increase income taxes and fundamentally change how money goes to public schools.

Amendment 66 proposes to change Colorado from a flat-tax state and replace the structure with a progressive or graduated two-tier income tax system.

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Language maps (1)
9:43 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Where we don't speak the same language across the High Plains

Credit Bert Vaux (study data) and Joshua Katz (map)

We think of the High Plains as a region with a common geography, environment and economy.  But there are differences in language and dialect.  In some cases Panhandle Texans talk like other Texans and in others case they speak more like western Kansans.  And in still other cases there are differences once you cross the state line into eastern Colorado.  Browse through the dialect maps below to see some of these distinctions.  

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Americans rank the states
8:12 am
Mon September 2, 2013

The gossip on states

The darkest colored state had the highest number of votes, the whitest colored states had next to none.

Side-by-side Kansas and Colorado were ranked first as having “the worst” and “the most beautiful” scenery in the country, respectively, according to a recent poll by Business Insider.  It is not clear whether eastern Colorado was considered part of Kansas or Colorado by the poll respondents.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:00 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Doing More With Less Water

Tom Trout, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture who focuses on efficient and effective irrigation methods, checks sunflowers on a USDA research plot in Weld County, CO.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

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The future of agriculture across the Great Plains hinges on water. Without it, nothing can grow.

Climate models and population growth paint a pretty bleak picture for water availability a few decades from now. If farmers want to stay in business, they have to figure out how to do more with less. Enter: super efficient irrigation systems.

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Natural Resources & Energy
8:01 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

High Plains States among Top in Wind Production

Wind turbines near Woodward, Okla.
Credit Logan Layden/StateImpact Oklahoma

Texas remains on top of the nation in total wind energy produced in 2012, while Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado are not far behind, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Additions to each state's wind generation capacity last year are keeping the four plains states in the top ten of wind energy producers, as indicated by the DOE's Wind Technologies Market Report.

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Technology
8:01 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Why is Amarillo in So Many Songs? …and Other Google Autocomplete Assertions

You may or may not agree with it, but Google has some interesting things to say about where you live.  You just have to know how to ask.

By manipulating the “autocomplete” function implemented by Google, bloggers and journalists alike recently discovered they can trick the search engine into surreptitiously suggesting what may appear to be biased or over-generalized judgments regarding various geographic locales.

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HS graduation rates
5:05 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

High School report card: TX 88%, KS 83%, CO 74%, OK no report

Sharon Springs KS High School graduation, May 2012

The U.S.

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6:43 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Maverick Ranch in SE Colo. sells for $8.3M

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The Colorado Nature Conservancy has purchased the 33,000-acre Maverick Ranch just south of La Junta for $8.3 million.
  • Source: Chieftain
  • | Via: The Pueblo Chieftain
LA JUNTA - The Colorado Nature Conservancy has purchased the 33,000-acre Maverick Ranch just south of town for $8.3 million. The previous owner hailed from Louisiana and decided to sell it. "This is one of the largest and most intact prairie lands in the region," Matt Moorhead, Southeast Colorado program director for the Conservancy said.