Stuff by Olivia Emmer

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    Carbondale is water secure, but the West is not

    On Tuesday, July 19, the town of Carbondale trustees held a work session on water. Mayor Ben Bohmfalk wanted to know whether the town has enough water to service growth, particularly in light of the desire to add housing. He also asked if the town should be doing more to… read more →

  • Locations: Español Published

    Agentes federales exigen recortes sin precedentes en el uso del agua del río Colorado

    Traducción por Dolores Duarte

    La corresponsal de Sopris Sun, Olivia Emmer, entrevistó al reportero de agua y medio ambiente de KUNC que cubre la cuenca del río Colorado, Alex Hager, sobre la reciente demanda de la Oficina de Reclamación a los usuarios del agua del río Colorado. La entrevista haread more →

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    Feds demand unprecedented cuts to Colorado River water use

    Sopris Sun correspondent Olivia Emmer interviewed KUNC’s Water and Environment Reporter covering the Colorado River Basin, Alex Hager, about the Bureau of Reclamation’s recent demand to users of Colorado River water. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

    Would you briefly summarize the recent edict from the federalread more →

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    Red Hill survey results are in!

    Carbondale’s much-loved trail system on Red Hill is now seeing more than 70,000 visits a year. That’s according to Davis Farrar, a member of the volunteer group, the Red Hill Council. While most of the Red Hill trail system is Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, the council exists to… read more →

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    Coal Basin Ranch opens for mountain biking

    Coal Basin Ranch opened for mountain biking on Saturday, May 28 for the property’s first full season. To get there, visitors drive up the winding Coal Basin Road for about four miles, following Coal Creek around steep hillsides of shale and sandstone before arriving at a parking lot and closure… read more →

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    CORE seeks to measure escaping methane from Coal Basin

    On Thursday, March 31, approximately 70 people gathered at the Third Street Center for a presentation about a potential methane capture project in Coal Basin, near Redstone. Coal Basin was once the site of a large coal mining operation that removed an estimated 22 million tons of coalread more →

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    If you’re leaving footprints, turn around

    It’s March again, which means it’s time for our annual reminder that it’s not great to use muddy trails.

    With current trail counts for Red Hill coming in between 65,000 and 70,000 uses per year, it’s more important than ever for trail users to be aware of best practices.

    “If… read more →

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    Marble Wetlands Preserve created through land donation

    A long-sought Marble-area land donation was completed at the end of 2021 between an anonymous donor and the Trust for Land Restoration (TLR), a Ridgway-based nonprofit. The property, a 54-acre strip of land with wetlands on one side and steep forested hillside on the other, has been used by the… read more →

  • Locations: Español Published

    Ayudando a las truchas en Canyon Creek

    Traducción por Dolores Duarte

    Cuando se construyó la alcantarilla en los años 70, los planificadores sabían que sería un problema para los peces. La alcantarilla consta de dos canales, cada uno de 10 pies de ancho y 300 pies de largo. Pasa por debajo de la interestatal 70 al oeste… read more →

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    Relying on a wild river: Reflections from the Crystal watershed

    Editor’s note:
    Water supply, climate change and the Colorado River seem to be in the news constantly. The West’s major reservoirs have reached record lows and scientists have released discouraging forecasts for future supplies. This article seeks to provide local context for these headlines by reviewing the state… read more →