Western Slope Resources Reporting

Community Composting Thrives in Ophir, CO

Jul 11, 2018
Katie Klingsporn


Tucked into a corner of San Miguel County, one small community is embarking on a big endeavor toward sustainability. KOTO’s Katie Klingsporn has the story...

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

When natural food sources fail to feed black bears, they often find new sources of food among humans. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports on how Coloradans are responding to an increase in incidents.

Eric Goold, KVNF

A scientist and Coal Methane group are working together on a project to remove a damaged cement cap on the water intake for the Paonia dam. In addition, they are assessing ways to deal with the aging infrastructure of the dam in conjunction with the increasing amount of sediment deposited behind the dam. KVNF’s Eric Goold has more.

Cara Pallone, KOTO

San Miguel County – which hovers around 8,000 people and is tucked into the Southwest corner of Colorado – can best be described as a “tale of two counties.” Cara Pallone of K-O-T-O Radio and Western Slope Resources Reporting, explains how a new farm to community food share program serves as a bridge between communities.

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe operates a large farm and ranch on its lands in Southwestern Colorado. It grows crops like alfalfa and artisan corn, and raises over 600 head of cattle. The Tribe went through a long settlement process to obtain the water rights to operate the enterprise.  But just because it has the farm and the rights to the water doesn’t mean they can use as much as they want.


The gravel road that leads to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise winds through 11 miles of desert grass and dry brush.


Farmers Measure Carbon for Healthy Soil

May 2, 2018
Wikipedia Commons

 


Farmers across a broad spectrum of the agriculture industry are embracing the ‘healthy soil’ movement. A key component of healthy soil is the amount of carbon it holds. But how can you tell? And how can you find out without disturbing the operations of a working farm or ranch? KBUT’s Christopher Biddle has more.

Research Project Aims to Understand Fate of Rosy-Finch

Apr 23, 2018
Katie Klingsporn

One bird species population maybe declining due to climate change. Researches are working hard to change that. KOTO’s Katie Klingsporn has more…

Wikipedia Commons

The invasive Russian olive tree can cause havoc in river ecosystems around the
West. It competes with native plants and destroys habitat for native wildlife. Plus, it can be
incredibly challenging to remove from river ecosystems. But a group of organizations outside of
Durango has found a way not only to remove the trees, but also to help the community in other
ways. As part of the Western Slope Resources Reporting collaborative, KSJD’s Austin Cope has
more.

AH Marsh Photo

 


Not only do local yucca plants provide an edible fruit; the fibers can be used as cord, the thorns as needles and the roots as shampoo. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh visited the Ute Learning Garden in Grand Junction to learn more about traditional applications of local plants.