Monthly Archives: April 2014

Water-efficient fixtures could become mandatory in Colorado

Denver Water, the primary proponent of the efficiency legislation, estimates that broad adoption of the water-efficient toilets, urinals, shower heads, and faucets will produce 40,000 acre-feet of savings across Colorado by 2050. Continue reading

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Potato helps sell San Antonio on high-efficiency toilets

Sixteen years ago, San Antonio Water began offering rebates to customers who installed high-efficiency toilets. Four-star hotels were persuaded, finding water savings of 30 percent and fewer problems that caused rooms to be taken out of service. It took a big potto to help sell the general public. But the savings for the agency are enormous, as efficiency costs only $800 per acre-feet of saved water, half that of developing new supplies. Continue reading

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Green buildings in Colorado

A panel focused on green buildings in Colorado idlingsi n Colorado agreed that Buildings are improving, becoming more comfortable but also more efficient in use of energy and water. How can this adoption of best technologies and designs be accelerated? “At the end of the day, hard results are the best education,” said Jeff Ackermann, director of the Colorado Energy Office. Continue reading

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High-flying at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort got more aggressive after the resort’s ownership became private in 2006-2007. The new owners have invested heavily in both the winter and summer products. But it’s a somewhat different crowd than arrives for skiing and snow riding. Continue reading

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Park City began summer use in early 2000s

Instead of looking at mountain biking and hiking as key to summer operations, the resort began looking at more activities that required less robust physical conditioning. It had alpine slides, and added two tracks in 2002. That same year, it installed ziplines, with the top speed of 55 mph. It also created various forms of miniature golf and a carnival-type carousel-ride for children. Continue reading

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Summer use of ski areas

Oddly, given the motivation for expanded summer use of ski areas, the law signed by President Barack Obama makes no mention of alpine coasters, the amusement that Vail Resorts prefers to call a ForestFlyer. But Vail expects great things at Vail Mountain, Breckenridge and Heavenly — if nothing that equals the drew of sliding on snow as it expands summer ski areas use.
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Jamestown struggles to its knees

After the flood ripped through Jamestown last September, a wall of mud crushing one of its beloved elders and the thrashing waters partially submerging many of its houses, town leaders had no real doubts about whether they would try to rebuild.

They would. The question was whether the waterlines crucial to permanent residence could be reinstalled in a reasonable amount of time. Continue reading

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Butte on the slide in Jackson Hole

Now comes geological instability within the town of Jackson: a crack in the town’s butte. On one side, East Gros Ventre Butte defines the town, and a resident there in December noticed the wide crack in the soil. Continue reading

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Giving natural hazards room to happen

Mountain towns such as Vail and Telluride have done a generally good job of mandating that people can’t build homes in the runoff zones of avalanches, says :Spenser Havlick.
But in zoning to reduce destruction of property or loss of human life from floods and other natural disasters, communities in Colorado have been less cautious.
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SWEEP study of managed toll lanes

For crowded highways, such as I-70 between Denver and Summit County, managed toll lanes are better than general access lanes at alleviating congestion. Continue reading

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