Luke Runyon

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Closing Of Coal Power Plants Means Debates On What To Do With The Water They Used

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

As coal power plants close, the water they used will be freed up for other purposes. It can make a huge difference in the arid West. Who'll reap the potential windfalls of both water and money?


How A 'Perfect Storm' Cut Off Water To This Colorado Town

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

"Water is the oil of the 21st century. People don't quite understand how difficult it is to run a water system so you have clean drinking water," the town administrator said.


Colorado Man Tells His Mountain Lion Attack Story

Sunday, February 17, 2019

A Colorado trail runner was attacked by a mountain lion earlier this month. Travis Kauffman managed to defend himself by killing the juvenile lion with his bare hands.


When In Drought: States Take On Urgent Negotiations To Avoid Colorado River Crisis

Sunday, October 14, 2018

After years of sustained drought, water managers along the Colorado River system are renegotiating water cutbacks to seven Western states, hoping to avoid more drastic shortages in the future.


In A Drying Climate, Colorado's 'Water Cop' Patrols For Water Thieves

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sheriff's Deputy Dave Huhn's job has become more important after a series of hot, dry summers have made farmers more desperate for water, and more willing to steal it or go to battle over it.


As West Grows, Water Use Declines Thanks To Better Toilets

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Despite the growth of population in the western U.S., water use in cities such as Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego and Phoenix is going down. The reason? High-tech, low-flow toilets.


The Bountiful Benefits Of Bringing Back The Beavers

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Hundreds of millions of beavers used to populate the West but were hunted to near extinction. Turns out, beavers are critical to healthy water ecosystems, so now there are efforts to bring them back.


The Rocky Mountains Have A Dust Problem

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Dust in the Rocky Mountain snow can cause elevated water runoff, and greater opportunities for forest fires.


To Save Their Water Supply, Colorado Farmers Taxed Themselves

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The recent drought in the West forced people to take a hard look at how they use water. In Colorado, some farmers tried an experiment: make their water more expensive without hurting business.


Kids Learn How To Survive In Zombie Camp

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Campfires, singalongs, and ... zombies? Summer camps can impart all kinds of new skills. One camp in suburban Denver is teaching kids how to survive an uprising of the undead.


Will The Government Help Farmers Adapt To A Changing Climate?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may no longer be able to depend on government research to help them adapt to climate change.


Immigrants Make This Farm Town Work. Now They're Applying For Citizenship

Friday, April 21, 2017

Many immigrants come to Morgan County, Colo., for its plentiful, if grueling, jobs in agriculture. Now, fears about changes to immigration policy under Trump are prompting many to act.


A Forgotten Piece Of African-American History On The Great Plains

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nearly a century ago, Dearfield, Colo., was a thriving African-American farm community, admired by many of its white neighbors. There were even early signs of integration. Then came the Dust Bowl.


Rural Colorado's Opioid Connections Might Hold Clues To Better Treatment

Monday, January 23, 2017

Opioid abuse is rising fast among those who live in rural areas. Research suggests the drugs' illicit use there spreads rapidly via social networks, which could be part of the solution, too.


For These Entrepreneurs, Cutting Food Waste Starts In A Maggot Bucket

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Instead of letting food rot, some entrepreneurs want to use it to feed insects, which can then nourish livestock. But federal regulations have been slow to catch up to the growth of insect farms.


Rocky Mountain Oysters Are What?! We Try A Dish Of Cowboy Lore

Thursday, October 20, 2016

They're known by many names: lamb fries, bull fries, huevos de toro. There's a rich tapestry of Western lore built around this food, which is, well, fried testicles. Our reporter bites into this tale.


Farmer Wants Candidates To Address Rural Issues

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Becky Ravenkamp is a farmer who's taken on many roles to keep her Colorado farm town afloat. She thinks candidates this election year have largely overlooked rural America.


U.S. Forest Service Takes Steps To Protect Popular Colorado Hot Springs

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The U.S. Forest Service says the growing popularity of the Conundrum Hot Springs near Aspen, Colo., is threatening the fragile ecosystem, and they're starting to crack down.


Fines For Meat Industry's Safety Problems Are 'Embarrassingly Low'

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Slaughterhouses, while safer than decades ago, are some of the country's most hazardous workplaces. They are fined by the government for safety violations, but those fines may not be big enough.


Slaughterhouses Often Face Meager Safety Violations, Critics Say

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of people go to work each day preparing the beef, pork and poultry that ends up on our dinner tables. Their workplace is among the most hazardous in the country. Slaughterhouses — while safer than they were decades ago — can exact a steep price from workers. As it tries to enforce safety rules, the government fines the businesses for violations, but one former official calls those fines ineffective and "embarrassingly low."