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Colorado’s first Firehawk helicopter is finally ready to fight fires

Colorado’s first Firehawk helicopter is finally ready to fight fires

Three years after the state purchased its first Firehawk, four pilots have been trained how to operate the one-of-a-kind aircraft that can quickly slurp up and drop 1,000 gallons of water on flames Three years after lawmakers allocated $30 million to purchase its first “Firehawk,” the modified military helicopter that is capable of quickly crisscrossing […]

More than 62K Colorado workers received FAMLI Benefit Payments in first six months

More than 62K Colorado workers received FAMLI Benefit Payments in first six months

Colorado’s first-of-its-kind Family and Medical Leave Insurance program sends more than $311 million in benefits to eligible Colorado workers. More than 62,000 Colorado workers have been able to get partial pay replacement when life events forced them to step away from their job this year under the State’s new Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) […]

Colorado Highland Helicopters testing new technology for search-and-rescue work

Colorado Highland Helicopters testing new technology for search-and-rescue work

Colorado Highland Helicopters is testing new technology that would allow search and rescue teams in helicopters detect missing and distressed people in Colorado’s backcountry within minutes and communicate with them. During a recent test in La Plata Canyon, rescuers found two missing people within two minutes and 14 seconds, said Tim Durkin, a search and […]

Colorado Acreage Report June 1, 2024

Colorado Acreage Report June 1, 2024

Colorado’s principal crop planted area, which includes acreage planted to all major crops and those expected to be cut for all hay, is down 2 percent from 2023 to 5.81 million acres, according to the June 1 Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Producers in […]

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 Crop Progress - week ending June 2, 2024

Colorado Crop Progress – week ending June 2, 2024

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 […]

Bipartisan Bill to Support Farmers and Ranchers Becomes Law

Bipartisan Bill to Support Farmers and Ranchers Becomes Law

ALAMOSA, CO – Governor Jared Polis today signed into law bipartisan legislation sponsored by Representative Matthew Martinez and Senator Dylan Roberts that creates a refundable state income tax credit for a farm or ranch that uses certain stewardship practices that benefit the environment, such as improving soil health and water efficiency. “With the help of this […]

Cost of gas in Colorado sparks anger from Governor and consumers

Cost of gas in Colorado sparks anger from Governor and consumers

The cost of gas is about to spike in Colorado. How high will it go?   The EPA is forcing Colorado to switch to reformulated gas as ground-level ozone hits “severe” during the summer Keep an eye on gas prices in the next few weeks, Colorado, and you can watch a major policy battle play […]

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 […]

Colorado Employment Situation - April 2024

Colorado Employment Situation – April 2024

Household survey data According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was flat from March to April at 3.7 percent. The number of unemployed individuals grew by 1,900 over the same time period to 120,100. The national unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.9 percent from March to April. Colorado’s labor force increased by 1,500 […]

Colorado Farm Bureau Earns Excellence in Communications Award

Colorado Farm Bureau Earns Excellence in Communications Award

Centennial, Colo. – The Colorado Farm Bureau Communications Department won an award from the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Excellence in Communications Award competition. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2024 Communications Award winners were named at this year’s Communications Conference in Waco, Texas. The competition recognizes state Farm Bureau professionals from across the country for their […]

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 […]