In Colorado River's Final Hundred Miles, Small Signs Of Life Return

LAGUNA GRANDE, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO — It’s mid-morning in the Sonoran desert and already the temperature is rising. Karen Schlatter suggests we find some shade, a relatively easy task at Laguna Grande, a restoration site along the Colorado River’s historic channel in Mexico. It’s managed by the Sonoran Institute, where Schlatter is associate director of the binational environmental group’s Colorado River Delta program.

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Most Aspen High School seniors have tried vaping, or using e-cigarettes, according to a survey. Teens throughout the Roaring Fork Valley vape at alarming rates, which are high for Colorado, which already has the highest rate of vaping in the U.S.  

Roaring Fork Transit Authority

On Monday, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) returns to its off-season schedule. In the past, this has meant fewer buses and less service, but this year, it’s different.


Unlike previous offseasons, RFTA will run its express bus route, the BRT service, on weekends and the Carbondale Circulator bus will run seven days a week.

Morning newscast for Thursday, April 18.  

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Attorney General William Barr delivers a press conference at the Justice Department ahead of the expected release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

A redacted version of the report is expected to be released today.

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Snowmass Tourism wants to bring in more visitors during summer months.

At a meeting Thursday, Snowmass Market, Group Sales and Special Events Board will discuss previous years’ tourism data and strategies to attract future summer visitors.

Eagle County

Eagle County Commissioners visited the site of a potential elementary or middle school in El Jebel earlier this week.

It’s the first step in a years-long process.


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It’s been a snowy spring. While skiers have been thrilled, there is a downside.

This year’s snowpack peaked at 145 percent of average earlier this month. Now, that snowpack is melting, and that means it's mud season.

Morning newscast for Wednesday, April 17.  

SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, MEXICO — From inside a small airplane, tracing the Colorado River along the Arizona-California border, it’s easy to see how it happened.

As the river bends and weaves through the American Southwest, its contents are slowly drained. Concrete canals send water to millions of people in Phoenix and Tucson, Los Angeles and San Diego. Farms, ribbons of green contrasted against the desert’s shades of brown, line the waterway.

Morning newscast for April 16, 2019.   


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Aspen Center For Environmental Studies

Local contractors and architects can learn about affordable green building at an active construction site in Carbondale on Tuesday.

The ACES Urban Farmhouse is an affordable housing project for the organization’s environmental educators.



Cara Robertson is the author of The Trial of Lizzie Borden. Cara Robertson is a lawyer whose writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, the Raleigh News and Observer, and the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. She was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford Law School.

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State News

For Mitchell Byars and other breaking news reporters around the country, the police scanner might be just as important as a laptop computer.

Byars, who covers everything from wildfires to mountain lion sightings for the Boulder Daily Camera, said the radio traffic helps him answer important questions from residents.

Colorado Democrats are backing a heavily-amended version of a bill to create a paid family leave program.

The bill stalled in the Senate Finance Committee last month over concerns from business leaders and some Democratic. But a series of 24 amendments have gotten some of the Democratic holdouts on board, and the committee voted along party lines to advance the proposal.

A bill that Democratic lawmakers say is needed to fight climate change has cleared its first hurdle at the state Capitol.

House Bill 1261 would set a goal for Colorado to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent before 2030.

It would also give a state board the authority to approve new regulations that would help the state reach that goal.

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