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USGS taps open spaces to measure water availability

October 31, 2022

A crew installs one of the next-gen monitoring stations on open space on Independence Pass in September.

Measuring the amount of water contained in Colorado’s largest natural reservoir is not an exact science, but the U.S. Geological Survey intends to help improve estimates. Pitkin County’s open spaces will help.


Research sheds new light on a creature of the night

October 1, 2022

Townsend’s long-eared bats circle in the caged entrance to a mine in the Crystal Valley.

In the Crystal River Valley, summer nights draw nocturnal predators into the open. One such species takes to the skies by the hundreds in a spectacle that is rarely witnessed.


Grape expectations: A vineyard experiment on open space

September 1, 2022

Chris O’Connor inspects his vineyard.

Five years into a venture as the sole winegrower on Pitkin County open space, and possibly in all of the Roaring Fork Valley, Chris O’Connor is still waiting to taste success – literally.