Monthly Archives: May 2013

Aiming for zero-waste at festivals

Mountains of trash are generated at most festivals, including those with sustainability themes. But Telluride’s Mountainfilm Festival managed to divert 80 percent of forks, cups and so forth from the landfill. How did they do it? Telluride’s EcoAction team explains their strategy. Continue reading

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God and nation as we head off to war

In 1918, my grandfather left the farms of Colorado’s South Platte River Valley for the killings fields of France. It was all about God, he wrote in his memoirs 50 years later. But two new books reviewed recently by the New York Times point to more tangled motives of most of the major protagonists in the war, and none of them were particularly honorable. Continue reading

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The odd couple of greenhouse gas reduction in Colorado

An unlikely pairing of the Aspen Skiing Co., Koch-owned Oxbow Mining and the persistence of gas man Tom Vessels yielded electrical generation and a big reduction in a potent greenhouse gas. Continue reading

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The 10 men thought they could make the Homestake Mine pay and make them millionaires. But they had not anticipated the horrors winter could deliver. Continue reading

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Aspen in the firing range of the War on Drugs

Jurors took little time in finding Montgomery Chitty guilty of peddling cocaine in Aspen. He got what some called a “pine box sentence.” But others, whose guilt was just as clear, got off with light sentences. A brief look at the politics and culture of cocaine in Colorado ski towns. Continue reading

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Guns laws in the rural West

Proposal to require gun in every house NUCLA, Colo. – In Southwestern Colorado, where white-capped mountains descend into red-rock canyons, the town trustees in Nucla were recently scheduled to take up a proposal to require every household to own a … Continue reading

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Jobs, rural Colorado, and the transition from coal

Both sides cited jobs as Colorado legislators considered S.B. 252, a proposal to increase the renewable energy standard for electrical cooperatives and their wholesale supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission. The reality is probably much more nuanced. Continue reading

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Artificial insemination of clouds

Does cloud-seeding work? That’s always been the question. A $13.5 million study by Wyoming aims to get a better handle on the answer. But Los Angeles isn’t waiting. It has long seeded winter storm clouds in the Sierra Nevada, and it is now helping pay for efforts high in the Colorado Rockies.
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