Stuff by Isabel Hicks

  • Locations: News Published

    Roadside waste clutters scenic byway

    A berm to block roadside spoils from view remains incomplete, and tensions are high. 

    Some backstory: In 2007, the Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association (CVEPA) noticed the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) dumping rockfall and mudslide waste at Placita, a site off the McClure Pass more →

  • Locations: Opinion Published

    News Analysis: Reimagining our agricultural future

    When Jerome Osentowski declared he would build a tropical greenhouse oasis on the rocky slopes of Basalt at 7,200 feet above sea level, people thought he was crazy. 

    Fast forward to 2020, and Osentowski makes fresh pineapple-papaya smoothies throughout the winter and grosses around $60,000 inread more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Roaring Fork graduates plan for college in a pandemic

    Instead of walking across a stage, Lucia Penzel, 18, graduated high school from inside her car. She is one of the many members of the Class of 2020 whose education has been turned upside down by the coronavirus, having to finish senior year online and begin college inread more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Virtual roundtable discusses a tumultuous season for agriculture

    On Tuesday, Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Colorado Proud held a virtual roundtable to discuss the challenges local agriculture faces this growing season: peach freeze, pandemic, and drought. The discussion featured four panelists from various sectors of the agricultural scene and a moderator. 

    Kelli Hepler, the presidentread more →

  • Locations: News Published

    UpRoot gets local produce to pantries and limits bear encounters

    62,326 servings gleaned. 617 community volunteer hours. $50,802 of surplus food—and that’s just on the Western Slope. These are the numbers that showcase the work of the three-year-old nonprofit UpRoot as the organization continues to grow across the state. 

    UpRoot works to reduce the amount ofread more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Drought draws parallels to Lake Christine Fire

    This summer’s drought has firefighters on the edge of their seats. On Independence Day weekend, “instead of wearing their regular duty pants… [firefighters] were wearing their wildland pants and their boots,” Roaring Fork Fire Chief Scott Thompson said. “That was all so they didn’t have to take tworead more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Carbondale’s fight against development on new City Market land

    Eager City Market shoppers may not realize the historical significance of the land below their feet when they walk through the store’s shiny new doors this fall. 

    The lack of opposition to development on this land is notable. City Market is Carbondale’s single greatest sales taxread more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Effort to conserve Coffman Ranch takes big step forward

    Major headway was made in the effort to conserve the Coffman Ranch last month when Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) awarded a $2.5 million grant to Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT) to help purchase and conserve the 141-acre property. 

    This grant marks a significant step in anread more →