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This Feb. 17, 2017, photo shows a Navy P-3 Orion aircraft used for a NASA-led experiment called SnowEx, on an airfield at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world's mountain snows - water that sustains a substantial share of the global population. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

DENVER |  Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world’s mountain snows — water that sustains a substantial share of the global population. A NASA-led experiment called SnowEx is using five aircraft to test 10 sensors […]


FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015 file photo, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman speaks during a news conference in Durango, Colo. Boulder County and Coffman are on the brink of a showdown over the county's moratorium on oil and gas drilling. Coffman, a Republican, has set a Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, deadline for the county to rescind the moratorium, saying it contradicts a Colorado Supreme Court ruling that only the state can regulate the industry. (Jon Austria/The Daily Times via AP, File)

“Plain and simple, Boulder County is violating state law and has left my office with no option other than to enforce the law,” she said in a written statement. “It would be patently unfair for some local governments to be forced to comply with state law while allowing Boulder to continue with its illegal moratorium.”