Hemp industry representatives say new USDA rule needs some work

A new federal rule designed to build a regulatory framework for the surging hemp and CBD market is a critical step forward, industry representatives say, but some of their descriptions of the details range from concerning to “unworkable.” At the end of October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued an interim rule laying out a series of regulations for producing hemp. The 2018 federal farm bill legalized hemp, which is

Black Hills Energy completes construction on wind farm in southern Colorado

Black Hills Energy expects its recently completed 60-megawatt wind farm near Walsenburg in southern Colorado to start operating by the end of the year. Officials from the utility recently joined Pueblo County and city officials to mark completion of construction of the Busch Ranch II wind project. Black Hills Energy, which hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 7, said in a statement that the project will generate enough electricity to power

Many new Denver residents come from Weld County and Chicago

The draw of the big city lights can prove almost irresistible, especially for young people living nearby in smaller cities and rural areas. But the opposite pattern played out in Colorado between 2013-17, with Weld, Larimer, El Paso and Mesa counties drawing 10,000 more residents than they lost to metro Denver, according to a migration brief from the Denver Regional Council of Governments. By contrast, those four metros drew only

Cross-pollination between marijuana and hemp is a budding conflict at outdoor grows – The Denver Post

By Bart Schaneman, Marijuana Business Daily DENVER — Outdoor marijuana growers are reporting an increase in cross-pollination from hemp farms, a development that could mean marijuana cultivators might lose upwards of tens of thousands of dollars if their plants become unmarketable as flower products. As the marijuana and hemp industries increasingly share the same cultivation territory, the number of conflicts is likely to increase, particularly in areas with thriving outdoor

Alterra buying Vermont’s Sugarbush Resrot, brings its resort count up to 15

The potential of 12” tonight has us dreaming of the lifts spinning. Our scheduled open date is set for 11/23. pic.twitter.com/aLB5TeUM2d — Sugarbush, Vermont (@Sugarbush_VT) November 11, 2019 WARREN, Vt. — Denver’s Alterra Mountain Company says it has entered an agreement to buy Sugarbush Resort in Vermont. The purchase would increase Alterra Mountain’s total year-round mountain destinations to 15 in six states and three Canadian provinces. Alterra’s chief executive officer

Fired Denver airport contractors’ claims raise questions about oversight

Picking out toilet partitions, fixtures, sinks and mirrors for an airport bathroom apparently isn’t as simple as it might seem — it took Denver International Airport and the contractors on its massive terminal renovation more than 14 months to settle on the final restroom design. Same with the walls throughout the terminal: After DIA officials opted early on to use laminate and another material for wall coverings, they decided in

Colorado commissioners approve land request for solar farm

Susan Montoya Bryan,File, The Associated PressThis April 20, 2011, file photo shows some of the 30,000 solar panels that make up the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s new 2-megawatt photovoltaic array in Albuquerque, N.M.ASPEN — Colorado county commissioners have approved a land-use application for a 18,000-panel solar facility to help promote green energy.Aspen Daily News reports that Pitkin County commissioners unanimously approved the request Wednesday citing it as an

NREL hosting Department of Energy’s CyberForce Competition

People defending the nation’s energy operations from cyberattacks will be doing battle with hackers this weekend on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory campus in Golden. But not to worry, the energy systems and attacks will be simulated. However, that doesn’t mean the exercise isn’t serious, said Tony Markel, senior researcher in NREL’s Cyber-Physical Systems Security Group. Markel will be the site leader of NREL’s portion of the Department of Energy’s

A beer spa and taproom is coming to Denver’s Whittier neighborhood

The Beer Spa’s co-founders Jessica French and Damien Zouaoui at the Great American Beer Festival. Their beer spa will open in March in Whittier. (Provided by The Beer Spa) Here’s something we probably should have expected sooner: A beer spa in Denver. Yes, a beer-infused day spa and taproom in-one is opening in March at 3004 Downing St. in Whittier. This isn’t the first time that beer-infused spa treatments have

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row will replace LoDo’s Bar & Grill next year

So long, Lodo’s Bar and Grill. After 25 years creating a reputation for itself and the surrounding neighborhood, the bar that began its life with a country-western theme is switching brands and getting back to its roots, this time with a famous name attached to it. Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row will officially take over the spaces at 1942 and 1946 Market St. for construction and remodeling starting this spring. The