July 19, 2012
A swather sits idle at Carpenter Ranch in Hayden. The ranch now is a nature preserve managed by the Nature Conservancy. The ranch will be one of three stops state officials make Tuesday as part of a tour of the Yampa Valley to assess impacts of drought conditions on agriculture, the environment, municipalities and tourism.
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The impact of the drought on local businesses and tourism will be the focus of next week's visit from officials within Gov. John Hickenlooper's administration.