Fifty years ago this June, down in the Gunnison River canyons above the National Park, the Bureau of Reclamation set two construction companies to work on a project that had not been tried before, at least on the scale proposed: a thin-arch double-curvature high dam.
Most of the dams that the Bureau of Reclamation was building in that dam-building era were "gravity dams" — big masses of either concrete or dirt, clay and rock, piled in the path of a river to store its waters for later uses.
The nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Monday, June 17.
The nomination form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available online at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
Small livestock owners who live in areas where wildlife might be nearby are being asked by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to take extra steps to protect their animals.
More and more people throughout Colorado — and not just in rural areas — are keeping livestock.
Mark Waltermire loves growing things. At his Thistle Whistle Farm outside of Hotchkiss, we sit under a shade awning and talk as we peel various kinds of sweet onions — red ones from Italy and other colors, too, with unusual names. The talk bounces around from one kind of plant to another, from gooseberries to potatoes to marketable, edible weeds.
Leafy spurge, Euphorbia esula, is located in eastern Delta County along lands irrigated by the Stewart, Minnesota and Turner ditches. The Minnesota Creek Road area is the epicenter for leafy spurge.