San Luis Valley

NEWS
2:16 am
Wed September 17, 2014

When The Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On

In Del Norte, Colo., Public Works Supervisor Kevin Larimore shows off solar panels that provide electricity for the town's water supply. Despite generating its own solar energy, the town is still at risk of a blackout if its main power line goes down.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 5:50 pm

The cost of solar panels is falling rapidly in the United States. And as the panels become more affordable, they're popping up on rooftops around the country.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is trying to find better ways to back up its power system against blackouts. And while it may seem counterintuitive, more solar power does not mean fewer blackouts — at least not yet.

The tiny town of Del Norte, in southwestern Colorado, is a perfect example. Despite being covered in solar panels, Del Norte is still at risk of losing power if its main power line goes down.

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iSeeChange
10:04 am
Tue October 29, 2013

iSeeChange: Are Fires a "Rising Threat" for Wildlife?

Credit Randy Hampton/Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Recently on the Almanac, Peter Cullen noticed he hasn't seen many bears in the mountains of New Mexico this year.

Bears are foragers, and Cullen says the lack of piñon, oak and juniper trees caused them to head down to mountain towns looking for thrown-away leftovers.

That got us thinking about our bear populations here in western Colorado.

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NEWS
11:40 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Connecting the Drops: Water Shortages in the San Luis Valley

Karla Shriver standing by one of the many pivot sprinkler systems that she uses to irrigate her approximately 1,000 acres of potatoes, small grains, and hay on her farm, just north of Alamosa, Colorado
Maeve Conran

In early July, Colorado designated 14 counties "primary natural disaster areas" due to agricultural losses caused by the recent and ongoing drought.  Several of those counties are in the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado.  Farmers there are now eligible for low interest emergency loans, but as KGNU’s Maeve Conran reports, that may not be enough for this agricultural hub, which is facing a long term water crisis that could permanently affect the entire valley.  

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NEWS
8:32 am
Fri July 26, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Friday, July 26, 2013

  • Pueblo-Area Democrat Petitions to Join Giron Recall Election
  • Connecting the Drops: San Luis Valley Water Shortages
  • Grand Junction Company to Participate in US-China Eco-Partnership
  • Open-Source EID Software for Sheep Tracking
  • Illegal Insecticide Spraying Reported by North Fork Mosquito Abatement District
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