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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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State officials to assess Northwest Colorado drought conditions during Tuesday tour

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.


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