Less than a decade ago, an oil and gas boom in Colorado started to fire up... and with it came strong opinions on all sides. One of the first major controversies was over the Roan Plateau, a sweeping mesa in Garfield County. The discord centered on a Congressional mandate to drill-- and worries that doing so would destroy world class hunting and fishing, and the local economy. Colorado’s governor and two senators weighed in, and the Rifle area was featured in the documentary GasLand.
The FAA is expected to decide whether to allow people to fly drones in certain parts of Colorado. That would be in a proposed FAA test site in this state... and it’s part of a larger effort to better understand whether the remote controlled, unmanned planes can be safely used in the airspace above communities - like airplanes or other aircraft.
Springtime is a stressful period for farmers – especially in Western Colorado's North Fork Valley. A spring frost can wipe out an entire crop in an instant as was the case for one apricot farmer last week.
For years the organization that trains young winter sports athletes in Aspen has been holding a traditional European event called biathlon. This year questions are being raised about the sport, because it involves shooting guns.