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Christo throws in towel on massive Arkansas River art project

Internationally renowned environmental artist Christo said Wednesday he was pulling the plug on “Over the River,” a proposed project to hang 5.9 miles of luminous fabric along a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River in central Colorado, saying he no longer wanted to work with the U.S. government as his “landlord” for the installation.

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? According to a study, the next US president better act fast on the Colorado River

In this April 14, 2013 file photo, hikers make their way along the banks of the Colorado River near Willow Beach, Ariz. A survey of decision-makers by the group at the University of Colorado concludes that the president who takes office in 2017 could see cuts in Colorado River water supplies to Arizona and Nevada as soon as January 2018. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
The next U.S. president will have to act quickly to chart a course so the Colorado River can continue supplying water to millions of city-dwellers, farmers, Indian tribes and recreational users in the Southwest, according to a university research study made public Monday. A survey of policy- and decision-makers by the University of Colorado concluded […]

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? Ellen Roberts resigns, readies legislative seat shuffle in Southwest

Republican State Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango has announced she will resign at the end of the year to return to the private sector and be closer to her family. Roberts will have served a decade in the Colorado Senate and House when she steps down and her replacement will be appointed by a Republican Senate vacancy committee.
Republican state Sen. Ellen Roberts has announced she will resign her seat at the end of this year, after a decade in the Colorado House and Senate. In a statement posted on the Pagosa Springs Sun website on Sunday, Oct. 16, along with other news outlets in her district, Roberts said after six years in […]

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Schwartz, Tipton spar over public lands

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, showing clear signs his race for CD3 has tightened in recent weeks, continues to aggressively call out former state Sen. Gail Schwartz for her comments and ads accusing Tipton of seeking to sell off federally owned public lands. Schwartz charges Tipton has sold out to coal mining and oil and gas […]

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US declines prosecution of government worker in mine spill

In this Aug. 6, 2015, file photo, people kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., in water colored from a mine waste spill. U.S. prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency over a massive mine wastewater spill that fouled rivers in three states, a federal watchdog agency said. The EPA's Office of Inspector General disclosed Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, that it recently presented evidence to prosecutors that the unnamed employee may have violated the Clean Water Act and given false statements. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP)

U.S. prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency over a massive mine wastewater spill that fouled rivers in three states, a federal watchdog agency said. The EPA’s Office of Inspector General disclosed Wednesday that it recently presented evidence to prosecutors that the unnamed employee may have violated […]

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US Southwest faces threat of megadroughts with rising temps

In this May 18, 2015 file photo, irrigation pipes sit along a dry irrigation canal on a field farmed by Gino Celli, who relies on senior water rights to water his crops, near Stockton, Calif. New research published on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 found that increasing temperatures will greatly increase the risk of megadroughts in the Southwest region of the U.S. Oppressive dry spells lasting at least two decades have gripped the Southwest before, but scientists said future megadroughts would be hotter and more severe, putting a strain on water resources. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Already dealing with parched conditions, the U.S. Southwest faces the threat of megadroughts this century as temperatures rise, says a new study that found the risk is reduced if heat-trapping gases are curbed. Oppressive dry spells lasting at least two decades have gripped the Southwest before, but scientists said future megadroughts would be hotter and […]

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In jail, ex-coal CEO says he’s ‘American political prisoner’

In a Wednesday, April 6, 2016 file photo, former Massey CEO Don Blankenship is escorted by Homeland Security officers from the Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse in Charleston, W.Va. Blankenship, who was sentenced to a year in jail and a $250,000 fine for his role in the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, has declared himself an “American political prisoner” on his blog, blaming others for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men and led to the former West Virginia coal operator’s imprisonment. The ex-Massey Energy CEO said he plans to distribute 250,000 copies of the 67-page diatribe in booklet form. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

A defiant Don Blankenship declared himself an “American political prisoner” on his blog, blaming others for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men and led the former West Virginia coal operator to be imprisoned. The ex-Massey Energy CEO said this week that he plans to distribute 250,000 copies of the 67-page diatribe in booklet […]

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U.S. Supreme Court to referee states’ uncashed money orders dispute

The Supreme Court has agreed to referee a dispute between Delaware and 23 states over more than $150 million in uncashed money orders. The justices on Monday stepped into the dispute involving uncashed money orders from Dallas-based MoneyGram, which has been submitting unclaimed money to Delaware. The other states say the MoneyGram checks should be […]

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Alaska OKs marijuana, but some communities ban pot commerce

In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, photo, store owner Caleb Saunders answers questions in front of his shop, Green Jar in Wasilla, Alaska. Saunders hopes to sell marijuana from the shop and opposes a ballot measure that would ban sales, cultivation, testing of marijuana in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Alaska's fastest-growing municipality will decide Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, whether to ban commercial marijuana enterprises. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)
Alaskans two years ago approved recreational use of marijuana. That doesn’t mean they want it sold in their towns. Voters in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, a municipality just larger than the state of West Virginia, and one renowned for a potent strain of black market pot, on Tuesday will consider a ban on commercial enterprises that […]

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