March’s hot and dry weather has put 98 percent of the state in varying levels of drought. Some of the worst areas right now are in the Arkansas Basin—central and south Colorado—in addition to the northwestern part of the state. KUNC’s Grace Hood sat down with state climatologist Nolan Doesken to find out how we got here, and where the state might be headed in April.
State lawmakers are entering the home stretch of the 2012 legislative session. With just over a month to go work begins this week on the state budget. And for the first time in years, there’s actually money in the coffers to work with which means less budget cuts.
The Environmental Protection Agency is set to issue a final rule later this month on new, tougher air pollution regulations at oil and gas drilling sites. But some Colorado-based conservation groups are worried it may not be tough enough to protect public health.