Monthly Archives: August 2014

Bill Becker’s climate optimism

Bill Becker was equal parts worried and cheerful when he spoke to the Jefferson County chapter of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society. We need rapid transition, and the United States must lead. But he sees the emergence of common ground. Continue reading

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It’s Aspen but is it art?

Aspen’s new $45 million art museum debuted to the public on Aug. 9 with round-the-clock open doors.. It also opened with controversy. Continue reading

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Vail looks beyond Baby Boomers

Vail’s elected officials study demographic trends, global warming predictions and other statistics as they try to prepare for a life and economy after Baby Boomers. Continue reading

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Howling in Aspen

Ted Turner, according to Todd Wilkinson’s book “Last Stand,” has proven wrong those who viewed his ranch-buying spree in Montana with suspicion. Continue reading

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New demographic wrinkle in Jackson Hole

Wyoming’s Jackson Hole has almost entirely recovered from the recession, but analyst Jonathan Schechter detects a new demographic and economic wrinkle: the new “service professionals.” Continue reading

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Chinese tourists in mountain towns

Jackson Hole is seeing relatively large numbers of Chinese tourists this summer. In other mountain resorts of the West, not so much. But more are expected at places like Aspen and Vail. Continue reading

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Kit Carson, hero or villain in Taos?

Taos is arguing again about whether to remember Kit Carson favorably on the name of a park. But look too deeply, and all of our heroes are like to have flaws. Continue reading

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Colorado’s conversation about conservation

A Colorado legislative interim committee took testimony about how the state might push deeper cuts in water use for towns and cities, while leaving local latitude about how to achieve goals. Continue reading

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Bone on bone in the Colorado River

The broader story about the Colorado River is about a narrowing razor’s edge between supply and demand. There’s no crisis, but water officials are planning for one. Continue reading

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The real war of electrical co-ops

If there was ever an argument for a transition to a 21st-century energy infrastructure, look no further than our current challenges with the economies that have been built on the backs of the Colorado River. Continue reading

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