Monthly Archives: July 2014

Risky addictions

I understood the immediate risk of remaining after dark on those steep slopes, when the soft snow had become hard ice for the night. But putting tar into my lungs was only a vague and distant risk. Continue reading

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Voting where your heart is, not where you live

Home may be where the heart is, as the adage goes. But where you vote is where you conduct most of your affairs, explains a district attorney after looking into allegations of fraudulent voting in the mountain town of Montezuma . Continue reading

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David vs. Goliath in Colorado’s drilling battle

In Colorado’s intensifying debate about oil and natural gas drilling, each side has claimed to be David going into battle against a carpet-bagging Goliath. Continue reading

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Tools for imagining local climate changes

To make global climate change more local and personal, Dr. Brian Enquist and his partners are developing ways to allow viewers to see effects of warming temperatures on their local forests Continue reading

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Teensy, tiny and other small towns of the West

The newspaper described the Colorado town of Eagle as “tiny.” I was mystified by that description. What makes a town tiny or small, or big or gargantuan? Continue reading

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The case for a tax on carbon emissions

We can’t wait for the last iota of evidence on climate change, and we need to accelerate action by adopting a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Ski towns should be at the forefront of this advocacy. Continue reading

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Notes from Colorado’s cannabis frontier

Vail remains on the sidelines, Aspen rejected a new tax, governor frets about THC dangers on young minds. These and other notes about cannabis from Colorado’s mountains towns. Continue reading

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Our obesity mess

Unhealthy food may be cheap, but it isn’t free. Former Aspen mayor Mick Ireland analyzes the obesity mess in the United States. Continue reading

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