Southwest Colorado: A great place to grow beans. Dry, hot weather with minimal rainfall means certain doom for most crops, but not for these deeply rooted legumes. Able to withstand extreme desert conditions, folks have been growing and loving their high country desert beans for ages. Heres an early season glimpse into the nearby Pinto Bean Capitol of the World.

A retired truck sits just outside of Dove Creek. A retired bean field heads toward a suburban fate. An old farm relic rusts near the verdant fields of Pleasant
View. Bean bags hang on a wall at the Ruins of America antique store
in Pleasant View, Colorado. A local favorite: the Anasazi bean.


In this week's issue...

January 25, 2024
Bagging it

State plastic bag ban is in full effect, but enforcement varies

January 26, 2024
Paper chase

The Sneer is back – and no we’re not talking about Billy Idol’s comeback tour.

January 11, 2024
High and dry

New state climate report projects continued warming, declining streamflows