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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - CO: Water

Jack's Solar Garden in Boulder County offers tours to visiting farmers and local schools to help cultivate the next generation of agrivoltaic farmers. (NREL)

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- As the nation moves to ramp up clean-energy production, Jack's Solar Garden, a locally owned farm just south of Longmont, could provide a model for family-scale operations across the U.S. The farm has boosted revenues after planting 3,200 solar panels, enough to power more than 3

Crops produced by students at Mountain Vista High School in Douglas County usually are sold during two-day market sales, but post-COVID, customer volume has shot up, selling out within two to three hours. (Mountain Vista High School)

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- Students at a Douglas County high school are learning COVID-era business skills using a freight container converted into a high-tech hydroponic vertical farm as their virtual classroom. After Mountain Vista High School recently switched to remote learning, students and tea

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved rules restricting new energy development near waterways and wildlife, and requiring 2,000 feet between development and schools or homes. (Pxfuel)

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DENVER -- The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved a set of new rules conservation groups say will help greatly in efforts to protect wildlife from new energy development. In 2019, Colorado passed legislation installing paid, professional regulators as commissioners. And John

Fishing in Colorado generates more than $2 in economic output annually, and supports some 17,000 jobs. (Waldemarpaetz/Wikimedia Commons)

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DENVER -- The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is taking public comments on new rules aiming to minimize harm to the state's wildlife. Suzanne O'Neill, executive director of the Colorado Wildlife Federation, said her organization largely supports the proposed rules. But she pointed t

Colorado's headwaters, alpine and urban lakes are experiencing increased outbreaks of toxic algae, and wildlife decline. (Eyeimage/Pixabay)

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DENVER -- Water is the lifeblood of the West, but a warming climate and other factors have put Colorado's lakes, reservoirs and ponds at greater risk for toxic algal outbreaks. Brian Kurzel, regional executive director for the National Wildlife Federation's Rocky Mountain Regional Center, said a re

New guidelines for mining projects would allocate a portion of revenues generated from mineral development on public lands to offset expenses for mitigation and abandoned-mine reclamation.(Pixabay)

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DENVER -- Colorado's Mineral Belt in the central and southwestern parts of the state is rich in deposits of so-called critical minerals, the kind used to produce everything from smartphones to wind turbines and batteries that power electric vehicles. A new report released today by conservation group

Colorado's historic apple orchards along the Dolores River gave way to hay, alfalfa and other crops that were more lucrative - and also more water intensive. (Pxhere)

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CORTEZ, Colo. -- A 36-acre property near Cortez in southwestern Colorado soon will be transformed into a sustainable community apple "orchard hub." With help from The Nature Conservancy, the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project was able to purchase the land . Jude Schuenemeyer, who co-directs the

Craft brewing in Colorado contributes nearly $3.3 billion in economic impact to the state. Colorado's wine industry contributes more than $300 million to the state's economy. (City of Greeley/Flickr)

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DENVER -- Leaders from Colorado's multi-billion-dollar craft beverage industry will deliver a letter today urging U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner to cosponsor the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy - or CORE - Act, designed in part to protect watersheds. Willy Truettner, owner of Denver's Zuni Street

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