Last season a record 12.6 million skier visits were recorded by Colorado resorts.
Jenn Rudolph is with Colorado Ski Country USA, an industry association that represents 21 ski resorts across the state. She says those resorts are reporting a strong early season.
"From the beginning of the season which was on Oct. 17 through the end of December we saw the amount of skier visits [reported] was only about 1 percent off of last year’s early season skier visits," Rudolph says.
Last November, the Forest Service listed the Gunnison Sage Grouse as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. That doesn’t mean, though, that the fighting over this contentious bird is done.
Cassandra Shenk, left, and Chelsea Bookout, with the Valley Charter Initiative, talk about the Waldorf inspired charter school they want to see open in Paonia during a public meeting at Paonia Elementary in December of 2014.
Host Jill Spears and gardening guru Lance Swigart discuss seed saving - how & why to grow your own garden seeds. A Montrose caller has an interesting bean crossbreed, and another caller wonders how to protect her corn crop from being cross-pollinated by her neighbor's GMO corn.
This year the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway is celebrating its one-hundredth anniversary.
The theater is known for the musical acts and guest lecturers it brings to the Western Slope.
A Tour Of The Historic Sherbino
"The building was built by Louis Sherbino," Patrick O’Leary, the president of the Ridgway Chautauqua Society, says. "And he built the theater so that his son and daughter-in-law would have a place to play. His son was a fiddle player."
A Colorado Senate bill introduced last week aims to help rural communities during times of economic crisis.
SB15-036 seeks to give emergency assistance grants to rural communities during times of economic hardship. The bill is sponsored by freshman Senator Kerry Donovan who represents state Senate District 5. The district covers six counties on the Western Slope including Delta, Hinsdale and Gunnison.
At first glance, our night skies can appear as a dark canvas illuminated with points of mono-hued light. But, as your eyes adapt, and on closer inspection, one can pick out stars with colors that are blue, white, gold, and reddish orange.