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Know your farmer, know your food

Gayle Perez | The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo. When local students sit down for lunch this coming school year, they’ll know they’re eating peaches from Palisade, watermelon from Rocky Ford or fresh vegetables from the St. Charles Mesa. They’ll know because local farmers Justin DiSanti and Dominic DiSanti will be telling them so. Actually, it will be life-sized cutout posters of ...

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Wyoming: Cheyenne being considered for gas-to-liquid conversion plant

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media The Wyoming Star-Tribune reported Monday that Cheyenne is being considered as the site of a new processing plant capable of converting natural gas into diesel fuel. Last month executives at Escalera Resources announced they were discussing the project with another company, Wyoming GTL. The Star-Tribune reports: Wyoming policymakers have long pondered how to lure ...

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EDITORIAL: Chief justice says anti-energy measures could harm public

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Staff Editorial | The Colorado Springs Gazette An effort to block five anti-energy amendments to the Colorado Constitution received the go-ahead Monday by the Colorado Supreme Court. Without commenting on merits of the jobs-killing measures, justices ruled language in the proposals does not violate the state’s single-subject rule and meets standards for clarity. The amendments would grant local governments the ...

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Same all over: Rural homeowners concerned with noise levels, proximity

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Imagine having the kitchen sink’s garbage disposal running 24 hours a day, or mixing a margarita in a blender… all day long. These appliances generally produce decibel levels of between 80 and 90, loud enough to cause possible hearing damage after eight hours of exposure. Stephanie Paige Ogburn, a reporter for KUNC Community Radio ...

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Oil and gas industry combats cyber attacks with new organization

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Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media As the world becomes more electronically connected, the threat of industrial espionage has shifted forms, prompting the oil and gas industry to strengthen the infrastructure protecting it from cyber attacks. The American Petroleum Institute (API) has reported on a new and independent organization that plans to provide timely security guidance to U.S. energy companies. ...

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Ham radio operators always prepared to help behind the scenes

Garrison Wells | The Colorado Springs Gazette When these guys make long-distance calls from Colorado, it’s the hinterlands. Russia. Iceland. Sweden. The Philippines. Not the normal calling radius of most Americans. But there are no boundaries for Ham radio operators. On Saturday, about a dozen local Hams, as they call themselves, were perched on the plains four miles south of ...

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100 gallons of oil spilled from rail car at Port of Albany

 Jordan Carleo-Evangelist | Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) ALBANY — An estimated 100 gallons of oil that spilled from a rail car at a transfer facility at the Port of Albany Sunday posed no danger to nearby residents or the environment, a port official said. But county officials, who have imposed a moratorium on the growth of the oil infrastructure at ...

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U.S. pending home sales hit eight-month high in May

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes hit an eight-month high in May, the latest indication that housing was pulling out of a recent soft patch. The National Association of Realtors said on Monday its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed last month, increased 6.1 percent to 103.9, the highest level since September of last ...

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