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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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Drought direction: Officials to tour Craig, Hayden, Steamboat ranches

Numerous Colorado officials will embark Tuesday on a three-stop tour of Yampa Valley ranches to assess drought conditions in Northwest Colorado. Officials from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s cabinet who will tour the area are John Salazar, state agriculture commissioner; John Stulp, policy advisor on water; and Al White, former Colorado Senator in District 8 and current director of the state tourism office. Officials from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, as well as numerous representatives from state and local agriculture, water conservation, and environmental organizations, also are expected to participate.

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