eastern Colorado

The Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office is seeking public comment on a draft management plan for 658,000 acres of public lands in Eastern Colorado, including land along the Arkansas River.

Out on Colorado’s Eastern Plains, the sound of hammers and saw blades cuts through the steady silence. A construction site hums next to a solitary cluster of nearly 150 newly built homes and 48 apartment units.

In the small town of Wiggins, where a pair of grain silos are the tallest structures for miles, the population of less than 900 hadn’t grown in over a decade. But with this new development, the town’s on track to double in size by the middle of 2020.

FAA Approves License For Colorado Spaceport

Aug 21, 2018
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Is space, the final frontier for Colorado’s Front Range?

As The Denver Post reports, it's at least on the horizon following the Federal Aviation Administration's decision last week to award a site operator license to Watkins Airport, which is just east of Denver International Airport in Adams County. 

The airport was renamed to Colorado Air and Space Port on Monday, following the FAA's decision.

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License to launch a Colorado space travel initiative is quickly approaching, but the news has some Eastern Plains residents concerned.

As The Denver Post reports, if approved by the FAA in August, Spaceport Colorado, located at the Front Range Airport, would be a launch and landing site for space planes, still under development, that would engage rockets at 45,000 feet to take passengers or researchers into suborbital space.

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"Dryland" farmers on the high plains of Colorado grow their crops with whatever falls from the sky—no irrigation, no pumped groundwater—just what Mother Nature delivers. In recent years some have been trying to innovate to protect their soils and conserve water to prepare for climate change. But they're getting pushback—not only from their neighbors and their own families—but also from the government.

The "Dirty Thirties"

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The Colorado economy will continue to grow at a steady clip, according to state economic forecasts released last week, thanks in part to rebounding oil prices, but rural Colorado isn’t expected to benefit as much as other parts of the state.

New truck stop coming to Lamar, Colorado

Jun 26, 2017
The Prowers Journal

Lamar, Colorado will be getting a new truck stop soon.

As The Prowers Journal reports, the franchise Pilot Flying J will begin construction on a Pilot Travel Center, which will be located on land just north of Avenida Colonia and to the east of Highway 50, some time next month. 

The Lamar City Council approved the needed annexation of the TL Tucker property and there was no opposition to the project at a June 12 public hearing held during the council’s regular meeting.

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Citizens of El Paso County in Colorado have grown increasingly concerned about the presence of wind turbines in the area, reports The Gazette.

County residents have accused the local energy company, NextEra, of causing various health problems. Complaints include headaches, nausea and dizziness, as well as inaudible, low-frequency sound waves known as infrasound, and a phenomenon known as shadow flicker.

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A Texas financial institution is moving to purchase a bank with several branches in eastern Colorado and western Kansas. Triumph Bancorp, Inc. of Dallas is set to acquire Colorado East Bank & Trust, reports The Greeley Tribune.

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Something big is happening in eastern Colorado, says Colorado State University. The first Rural Colorado Apparel Manufacturing—or RCAM—center has been established in the town of Wray. RCAM is one of several grassroots apparel and lifestyle business manufacturing efforts underway around Colorado. The program hopes to revive a US cut-and-sew workforce decimated by decades of jobs moving overseas.

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A Texas financial institution is moving to purchase a bank with several branches in eastern Colorado and western Kansas. Triumph Bancorp, Inc. of Dallas is set to acquire Colorado East Bank & Trust, reports The Greeley Tribune.

A Photo Journal of Low Times on the High Plains

Jan 16, 2014
RJ Sangosti / The Denver Post

RJ Sangosti spent the past year in high plains communities of Eastern Colorado.  It is a time of struggle for the region.  Years without rain are pushing changes in agriculture, the region’s main industry.  Farms are getting bigger, pushing small farmers out.  Young people are leaving to continue their education, and not returning.  Corporate stores in nearby cities are strangling main street businesses.  Housing values are declining.  

But, a handful remain-the hardy and determined ones.  Enjoy this photographic vignette of life in Eastern Colorado by RJ Sangosti for the Denver Post by going here.  

Upland Bird Report: Eastern Colorado

Nov 13, 2013
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists say lingering effects of a two-year drought have significantly affected pheasant populations across eastern Colorado, setting up challenging conditions for upland bird hunters who take to the field this season according a press release from the Colorado State Division of Wildlife.

A father with Alzheimer’s alone on the farm.  A swindling banker.  The school bully now grown-up as the local drug dealer.  A bleak, fictional town set in eastern Colorado.  The “unhomesteading” of the plains.  These are all elements of Greg Hill’s new novel East of Denver.