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8 months 3 weeks ago

Colorado drought plan up for revision

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - Colorado's drought plan is coming up for review. The Colorado Water Conservation Board updates its drought plan every three years and another revision is due this fall. According to the Durango Herald, the board is trying to come up with a plan to deal with a...

1 year 1 week ago

Chilly weather keeps water use low

COLORADO SPRINGS - Snowy rooftops in April, if even just a trace, are a good sign when it comes to the drought. There may not be enough moisture to actually help irrigate the lawn, but the freezing cold temperatures have kept most of us from turning on the sprinklers. ...

1 year 2 months ago

Farmers glad to see snow

The snow was a warm welcome to farmers, but is it enough? We met with one Pueblo County farmer who says it's a welcome sight. It wasn't snowing when Shane Milberger first got up this morning, but then it hit us. "When we saw it coming down,...

1 year 5 months ago

Drought speeds pine beetle epidemic

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - University of Colorado researchers say the 2001-02 drought and others greatly accelerated the spread of a beetle epidemic that has killed thousands of square miles of trees in the West. CU said Monday the study compared patterns of outbreaks in lodge pole and ponderosa pines. CU...

1 year 8 months ago

Drought also hits Hawaii

Persistent drought conditions in parts of Hawaii are taking a toll on ranchers who can't grow enough grass to feed cattle. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a little more than half of Hawaii is in a drought now, compared with about 21 percent a year ago. The National Weather...

1 year 8 months ago

Drought kills fish in the Midwest

Thousands of fish are dying in the Midwest as the sizzling summer dries up rivers and raises water temperatures in some spots to nearly 100 degrees. About 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon were killed in Iowa last week as water temperatures reached 97 degrees. Nebraska fishery officials say they've seen thousands of...

1 year 8 months ago

Dry lawn? Reach for the paint

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Homeowners and businesses tired of brown lawns parched by drought are reaching for paint cans. Turf painting has long been a common practice in arid climates such as the West and Southwest, but it's historically been reserved for golf courses and sports fields in well-watered areas such...

1 year 9 months ago

Dealing with drought and trying to hold on

Nearly 1,300 counties across the country are considered disaster areas because of drought, including all of Colorado. The Department of Agriculture's federal administrator for the Farm Service Agency, Juan Garcia, is in Colorado. The Farm Service Agency, among other roles, helps distribute disaster assistance to farmers and ranchers. Garcia...

1 year 9 months ago

Drought forcing ranchers to sell cattle

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Cattle are streaming into auctions across the country as ranchers sell animals amid a spreading drought that has shriveled pastures and driven up the price of feed corn. Beef from those animals will start showing up in grocery stores in November and December, temporarily driving down...

1 year 9 months ago

Drought impact on food prices

With drought conditions stretching across most of the country, farmers and ranchers are being hit hard; some of that is likely to make its way to the grocery store prices. Donna McAfee finished a grocery shopping trip Tuesday, but she says she didn't get any produce on this trip;...

1 year 9 months ago

Drought devastating the family ranch

Cattle ranchers Harold and Jean Meinzer have been forced to deal with 10 years of the driest conditions they can imagine. "We're just trying to hang on like everybody else," Harold said. "We haven't had the ponds filled since ‘02." The Meinzer's ranch, Four Corners Ranch, sits on...

1 year 11 months ago

Drought meetings start for Summit County

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) - Summit County officials are seeking options to deal with a severe drought. County officials are holding a meeting Tuesday after the National Integrated Drought Information System declared a severe drought in Summit County and the Colorado River Basin. The meeting is sponsored by the Colorado River...

2 years 2 weeks ago

Recent snow will not help drought

Many areas have experienced quite a bit of snow recently, and it still isn't enough to get us out of this drought. Pueblo's water supply mainly comes from the Arkansas and Upper Colorado River basins. Both of those are about 50 percent below average for this time of year when...

2 years 1 month ago

Aid group sends supplies to Mali refugees

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - An international medical aid group says it is sending medical and logistical supplies to Mauritania to help the tens of thousands of people who have fled fighting in neighboring Mali. Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday that 28,000 people are camped in the Mauritanian towns of Fassala...

2 years 2 months ago

Drought aid offered to farmers in 10 counties

DENVER (AP) - Farmers in 10 counties in east-central Colorado can apply for emergency loans and other help under a drought disaster designation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that Lincoln County was designated the primary disaster area, and that qualifying farmers in nine adjacent counties could apply for...

2 years 7 months ago

Governor seeks drought declaration for 2 counties

DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper has formally requested federal drought assistance for Elbert and Douglas counties. Hickenlooper sent a letter Monday to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack seeking a primary drought disaster declaration for the two counties. A declaration would allow farmers and ranchers to seek emergency loans...

2 years 9 months ago

Recent rain only a drop in the bucket

Southern Colorado is under severe to extreme drought conditions, making the recent rain feel like a small drop in the bucket. Since January 1, Colorado Springs has received 2.42 inches of precipitation. Normally, Colorado Springs receives 7.24 inches by this time. In Pueblo, the year-to-date total is 3.23 inches...

2 years 11 months ago

Colorado's southern plains drying out

DENVER (AP) - Snowpack levels have reached 247 percent of average in Colorado's mountains, raising the threat of flooding around the state. But recent storms have largely bypassed the state's southeastern corner, leaving residents praying for rain. The National Weather Service said Monday there is a chance for thunderstorms in...

3 years 4 weeks ago

Wyo. high snowpack levels bring flooding concerns

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming climatologists say they're grateful for above-average snowpack levels to help with drought conditions but they're wary about potential flooding. Several basins were listed as "high" risk for flooding by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The forecast is for when snow melts in the...

3 years 4 months ago

Drought threatens Arkansas Valley

DENVER (AP) - While parts of Colorado's High Country have gotten plenty of snow, parts of southern Colorado are showing signs of drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor lists the entire Lower Arkansas Valley east of Pueblo as having severe drought conditions. The Rio Grande basin is categorized as abnormally...

3 years 10 months ago

Xeriscaping saves money

We all know spring means planting. But Colorado Springs Utilities wants everyone to keep in mind how much water a plant can use. At the Utilities demonstration garden, dozens of plants are already in full bloom. There's lots of color and variety and all are xeriscape plants -- meaning...

4 years 3 months ago

Venezuela announces nationwide energy rationing

Venezuela's government is starting rolling blackouts of four hours every other day throughout the country to combat an energy crisis. The top officials of the state electric utilities in the capital of Caracas and two other western states on Tuesday announced plans for four-hour outages every other day. Electricity Minister...

4 years 3 months ago

Ritter seeks fed assistance for drought

Gov. Bill Ritter has requested federal disaster assistance for several Colorado counties where crops have been affected by drought and an early frost. Ritter sent a letter Friday to U.S Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for the disaster designation to provide low-interest loans. Fremont County received damaging frost...

4 years 3 months ago

Disaster relief sought for Fremont County

Gov. Bill Ritter announced today he has requested federal disaster assistance for several Colorado counties where crops have been affected by drought and an early frost. Gov. Ritter sent a letter to U.S Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for Secretarial Disaster Designation. Fremont County received damaging...

4 years 3 months ago

Heavy snow socking northern California

A mix of rain and snow making its way through northern California. Heavy snowfall on Interstate 80 between Sacramento and Reno made plows and snow tires a necessity Wednesday morning. With as much as seven to nine inches of accumulation in some places, emergency crews were out to keep an...

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