Monthly Archives: December 2013

Mountain town statistics for 2013

Mountain resort towns of the West speak more or less the same language. And sometimes they have numbers that echo across valleys. Here are a few I gleaned during 2013. Continue reading

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Thomas Nast and Santa Claus

Cartoonist Thomas Nast created our image of Santa Claus and our symbols for Democrats and Republicans. A mountain in Colorado bears his name. Continue reading

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The squeeze on global resources

Does the planet have the oil and other resources to support 9 billion people? Former Colorado state geologist Vince Matthews argues we should be worried. Continue reading

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Oil and gas drilling in Colorado

In a talk sponsored by the Center of the American West, Howard Boigon uses his 41-year perspective as an oil and gas lawyer to examine drilling controversies. Continue reading

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Steering action on climate change

The sharpest edges among the platitudes at the Davis Graham & Stubbs forum was about the role of governments versus businesses in solving the climate conundrum. Continue reading

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Enough water for Glen Canyon Dam?

It’s a slim possibility,but with potentially huge consequences: What if Lake Powell next summer has too little water to generate electricity at Glen Canyon Dam? Continue reading

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The end of cheap easy coal?

While it has often been said the United States has 200 years of coal, the easily recovered coal is about gone — with huge implications for the power grid. Continue reading

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Aspen Skiing Co. goes for LEED gold

Aspen Skiing Co. routinely seeks LEED gold certification, but vice president David Corbin admits building controls can be frustrating. Continue reading

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Snowmass adopts top green building code

If Snowmass Village was going to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it knew it would have to create more energy-efficient buildings. New codes seek to do that. Continue reading

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Silverton mill first under hydroelectric law

Small hydroelectric plant near Silverton is first in Colorado to seek licensing under new federal legislation signed in August 2013. Continue reading

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