Severe, life-altering drought conditions face farmers, ranchers and residents living in southeastern Colorado. Described by many as being worse than the dust bowl era of the 1930s, this 45-minute documentary focuses on the devastating conditions that have ravaged this area. Long-time residents who depend on water now question their futures. Hear about this under-publicized issue in an area one rancher describes as “the other Colorado”. And learn about the ramifications of what drought means to families, small towns and an entire region in the Rocky Mountain west.
This is a story told through the eyes of a dedicated group of individuals who choose to live in southeastern Colorado, who desire to raise their families in close knit communities and who strive to make their living off the land. Their stories are compelling, their stories are real: the late Loren Whittemore, forced to sell 80% of his cattle due to drought conditions; Rachel Spencer, a small town school teacher who wonders if small towns in Colorado can survive the drought; and Tim Brown, a long-time farmer who continues to see potential, even against seemingly insurmountable odds.