USDA Seeks Applications for Loans and Grants to Help Grow Rural Businesses

Agriculture - Image of Wheat

USDA is seeking applications for loans and grants to help support the start-up or expansion of rural businesses. The funding is being provided through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program. Under this program, USDA provides zero-interest loans and grants to local utilities, which use the funding to create revolving funds for projects that will create or retain jobs in rural areas. USDA is making $37 million in loans and $11 million in grants available. A recipient may receive a loan of up to $1 million, or a grant of up to $300,000.

Colorado State Fair Entertainment Series Announced

Tickets go on Sale June 22 at 10am

The 2016 Colorado State Fair entertainment series includes a diverse, star-studded lineup is scheduled. The stage spotlights will be shining on a variety of shows including country, classic rock, legendary musicians and up-and-coming superstars. Plus, the Budweiser Rodeo Arena will be a centerpiece for entertainment with six nights of rodeo and thrilling, engine-roaring action.


Baca County Chosen as CPW “Partners in the Outdoors” Collaborator of the Year

Outdoors - Colorado Parks Wildlife Mountains Baca National Wildlife Refuge - USFWS

By Kyle Davidson

When it comes to community interest projects, the people of Baca County don't let a little thing like lack of funding get in their way, and their determination earned them the 2016 Colorado Parks and Wildlife "Partners in the Outdoors" Collaborator of the Year award.

"Without a doubt, Baca County has no problem putting on the work gloves and doing whatever it takes to get the job done," said CPW District Wildlife Manager Aaron Bartleson, following the award presentation in Keystone, Colo., Thursday.

Tourism to Sand Creek Massacre NHS Creates over $300,000 in Economic Benefits

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Near Eads, Colorado

Report shows visitor spending supports six jobs in local economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 5,887 visitors to Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in 2015 spent over $337,000 dollars in communities near the park. That spending supported six jobs in the local area.