About 7 percent of homeless people live in rural areas, but homeless advocates say services in those areas don't get as much federal funding as they deserve — partly because the number of homeless people might be underestimated.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Feb 9, 2016

  • Mesa Sheriff’s Deputy shot, suspect under arrest
  • Former Western Slope doctor sentenced to prison for pain pill prescriptions
  • Report calls for big housing growth in Grand Valley
  • New website shows effects of drought on Colorado River Basin
  • A Capitol Conversation, focusing on the terminally ill  

"Colorful Colorado" may one day need to be referred to as "Crowded Colorado," given the number of people expected to soon move here.

Weld County's population is expected to double to half-a-million – and El Paso County will still be the largest county. It's not just the Front Range; A Rocky Mountain PBS I-News analysis of data from the state demographer and the U.S. Census Bureau shows seven of the 10 fastest growing counties will be on the Western Slope, including Eagle, Garfield and Routt.

The numbers show an estimated 7.8 million people will call Colorado home by 2040. All that growth will take a toll on the state's infrastructure as well as water and other natural resources.

Work crews in Honolulu recently dismantled wooden shacks and tents that lined city streets and housed almost 300 people.

It was the latest example of a city trying to deal with a growing homeless population, and responding to complaints that these encampments are unsafe, unsanitary and, at the very least, unsightly.

Last month, Madison, Wis., banned people from sleeping outside city hall. And in New Port Richey, Fla., the city council voted to restrict the feeding of homeless individuals in a popular park.

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Gloria Dickie / High Country News

Each year, thousands of tourists flock to Crested Butte, a mountain resort town on the Western Slope. This July, saw more people recreating in and around town than ever before. But, Crested Butte is small. So small there aren’t enough houses for the town’s low­-wage workers to rent. And, short-­term vacation rentals are gobbling up whatever housing is available, forcing workers out. 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Oct 22, 2015

  •  Manhunt ends for San Miguel County resident who threatened police
  • Tiny beetles causing big problems for Ouray Ice Park
  • Grocery chains in Colorado lobby to sell full-­strength wine and beer
  • Judge rules against Arch Coal's debt swap deal
  • In Crested Butte, a ‘rental crisis’ forces workers into the woods

Luke Runyon/KUNC & Harvest Public Media

For decades, housing developments in the suburbs have come complete with golf courses, tennis courts, strip malls and swimming pools. But make way for the new subdivision amenity: the specialty farm.

A new model for suburban development is springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement. Farms, complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees, are serving as a way to entice potential buyers to settle in a new subdivision.