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Drought Outlook Forecasts New Drought Development This Summer

Drought Outlook Forecasts New Drought Development This Summer

Drought coverage in the U.S. is around 5-year low, but the latest summer outlook shows a big change in trend is coming. The latest Seasonal Drought Outlook predicts expansion of drought through September in several regions of the U.S., according to the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center. Drought is favored to develop and persist […]

Much of Colorado could be pushed into drought by late summer thanks to hot, dry conditions

Much of Colorado could be pushed into drought by late summer thanks to hot, dry conditions

Engineer Pass Road weaves through the alpine tundra in the San Juan Mountains near Ouray.  Photo by Hugh Carey, The Colorado Sun   Colorado has seen an average water year so far, but looking ahead, climate experts say much of the state could fall into drought conditions and struggle to find relief. Colorado’s very average […]

National Corn Growers, others file lawsuit challenging EPA's electrical vehicle mandate

National Corn Growers, others file lawsuit challenging EPA’s electrical vehicle mandate

The National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation and six auto dealers representing 16 brands and collectively operating dozens of dealerships in major markets across the country joined the American Petroleum Institute today in filing a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s light-duty and medium-duty vehicle emissions standards […]

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to meet June 12-13, 2024

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to meet June 12-13, 2024

  Winter Park, Colo. – At a hybrid meeting in Winter Park, the Parks and Wildlife Commission will open for final consideration of any changes to the 5-year big game season structure for 2025-2029, and discuss solutions to over-the-counter elk licensing. The Commission will also open for final consideration of regulations to allow the use […]

Colorado has the third-most lightning deaths in the country - Here’s how to stay safe.

Colorado has the third-most lightning deaths in the country – Here’s how to stay safe.

A thunderstorm that turned roads into rivers and basements into swimming pools lit up the sky over Greeley on Tuesday night with flashes of light as bright as daytime. Three days earlier, a single lightning strike killed a Jackson County rancher and more than 30 of his cattle. Last week, a storm that raged over Yuma, rumbling […]

Hungry goats are latest phenom-nom-nom in Colorado wildfire prevention

Hungry goats are latest phenom-nom-nom in Colorado wildfire prevention

Donny Benz, left, and his fiancé Kaiti Singley, right, with Goat Green LLC, monitor their Cashmere goats as they graze in fields in Dutch Creek Open Space in Louisville, Colorado, on May 22, 2024. As the goats eat, they create natural firebreaks that help to prevent and slow down wildfires. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The […]

Lake Pueblo opens ‘Kestrel Pond’ as a place to enjoy quiet water sports

Lake Pueblo opens ‘Kestrel Pond’ as a place to enjoy quiet water sports

PUEBLO, Colo. – Visitors to Lake Pueblo State Park this summer will find a new area they might want to explore: Kestrel Pond located along the Arkansas River off of Rock Canyon Road just below the dam. Kestrel Pond is envisioned as a quiet place for water recreation in contrast to the 5,400 surface acres […]

Boating, state park, and wildlife safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

Boating, state park, and wildlife safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

  Life jackets save lives. The majority of water-related fatalities happen when people are swimming in cold water and paddle boarding or kayaking without a life jacket. DENVER—Coloradans and out-of-state visitors play an integral role in keeping Colorado state parks clean, respecting local wildlife, and making the outdoors safer to explore. Ahead of the holiday […]

Governor Polis signs SB24-171, reintroducing wolverines to Colorado

Governor Polis signs SB24-171, reintroducing wolverines to Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY – Governor Jared Polis joined staff from Colorado Parks and Wildlife at Loveland Pass today to sign SB24-171, which gives CPW the authority to reintroduce the North American wolverine to Colorado. Thanks to bill sponsors Senator Perry Will, Senator Dylan Roberts, Representative Barbara McLachlan, and Representative Tisha Mauro, SB24-171 contains key assurances for Colorado industries by […]

Palisade High School releases its thousandth endangered razorback into the Colorado River

Palisade High School releases its thousandth endangered razorback into the Colorado River

  The school-based hatchery, operated by students, is part of a wider effort to boost razorback sucker populations around the Colorado River Basin   Palisade High School student Serena Flannigan kisses a razorback sucker as students Charlotte Allen and Kiera Stephen help others release the endangered fish species into the Colorado River during the school […]

DMV and CPW receive award for innovative work in supporting Colorado state parks

DMV and CPW receive award for innovative work in supporting Colorado state parks

DENVER – Tuesday, May 7, 2024 — On Tuesday, Gov. Jared Polis announced the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) as the recipients of the 2024 Tom Clements Better Government Award for Outstanding Innovation in Government. The award recognizes both state agencies’ work to support Colorado state parks and […]

CPW announces new active fire alert feature to COTREX mobile app

CPW announces new active fire alert feature to COTREX mobile app

Where there’s smoke, there’s COTREX.  Before your next outdoor adventure, check COTREX for active wildfires around the state to stay safe. DENVER—Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is proud to announce a new feature on the Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) mobile app that notifies outdoor recreationists about active fire alerts, including wildfires and prescribed burns in […]

Colorado State University helped create birdcast migration model

Colorado State University helped create birdcast migration model

From the tiniest feathered fledglings to the large raptors and waterfowl, Colorado is home to more than 400 different species of birds. Some birds live here year-round, while others just pass through during their annual migration route. Most birds in the western hemisphere migrate twice a year between their breeding and wintering grounds, but when and to where depends on the […]

Arkansas River Report for April 2024

Arkansas River Report for April 2024

Arkansas River Report for April 2024 5/2/2024   ​While snowpack in Colorado’s northern river basins remains near normal, the southern basins have dropped well below normal, with the Rio Grande Basin at 61%. Likewise, the April 2 U.S. Drought Monitor report shows no drought conditions primarily in northern Colorado with “abnormally dry and “moderate drought” conditions in […]

Pesticide Testing available in Prowers County

Pesticide Testing available in Prowers County