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Old 04-09-2007, 03:45 PM
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Colorado College in Colorado Springs has released their 2007 State of the Rockies report card on the health of the region. See the entire 105-page report at: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/stateoftherockies/index.htm (broken link)

A short summary of the report is given in an article in today's Gazette, at:http://www.gazette.com/articles/water_21048___article.html/forests_rockies.html (broken link)

Key points stressed in the newspaper article are:

- CO is evenly divided between Repubican and Democrat, while 7 other RM states lean to the conservative side.
- Irrigation consumes 87% of RM water.
- Federal Govt owns 58% of RM land and about 66% of the forests. Fire hazard is high for several reasons.
- Over 25% of the nation's natural gas comes from the RM west, creating a bit of a boomtown situation.
- Population growth in the RM region was 9% from 2000 to 2005, or 4 times the national growth rate, mostly in cities.
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Old 04-10-2007, 12:25 AM
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Thanks Mike for the great data. The economy looks good for Colorado. Good news, thanks!
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