Monthly Archives: March 2013

Space travel from two miles high

At the new spaceport in Leadville, two miles high at liftoff will get you that much closer to a sensation that is even better than the floating feeling of skiing on powder. This is the final frontier of tourism for Vail Resorts. Continue reading

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Putting chips on the shoulder of I-70

It seems to work in Minneapolis, Indianapolis and a number of other places. By adding 3 to 5 feet onto the shoulder of I-70 to create a faster-moving toll lane, can traffic for everybody be speeded up on the Sunday afternoon slog? C-DOT is starting to talk about this idea. Continue reading

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Randy Udall on our energy bonanza

Persistence and hard work have yielded a bounty of oil and natural gas in the Rocky Mountains, but Randy Udall questions the cost of this treasure and wonders whether we are now chained to drilling rigs and are throwing away the key. Continue reading

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Smug alert! Smug alert!

We want community agriculture. Fine. How about community energy — including drilling rights in our metaphorical backyards. Continue reading

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Greenways and a more holistic Colorado River

Most analysis of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s tenure have focused on energy politics, and rightly so. But his greatest legacies may be in greenbelt protections and in a treaty amendment with Mexico that helps envision the Colorado River in a different way. Continue reading

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Bracing for a water-short summer

As Colorado continues its second year of drought, Denver Water, the state’s largest provider of municipal water, takes additional steps to conserve supplies. Continue reading

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The global view of energy

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and a dozen other business leaders, investors, and researchers agreed that while the bounty of natural gas provides breathing room, the quest must continue to a future of low- or no-carbon energy as the world struggles to expand energy services without risking an unstable climate. Continue reading

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Punching through Colorado’s wall of mountains

The Eisenhower bore of Interstate 70 was completed 40 years ago this month, enabling easy access from Denver and the city’s major airport to the mountain resorts of Colorado.
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Colorado River Basin Supply and Demand Study

Pipe water from Memphis to Denver? Tow icebergs from Alaska to LA? Lots of fun, improbable ideas were examined in the Colorado River Basin Supply and Demand Study, which was issued in December. But the gritty realty as population grows and river volumes decline during coming decades will likely be increased conservation and more transfers from agriculture to cities. Continue reading

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Studies in paleoclimatology in Rocky Mountains

Paleoclimatologist Bryan Shuman runs a paleoclimate and paleoecology lab at the University of Wyoming, where he and his students examine past climates and the vegetation and animals that inhabited those times. Our own times are interesting indeed, he says, with warming of temperatures rivaling those of when the glaciers rapidly receded in the Rocky Mountains 11,000 years ago. Continue reading

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