Monthly Archives: September 2014

What Colorado’s oil and gas task force must decide

“It ain’t broke, so don’t fix it,” one speaker told the Colorado’s Oil and Gas Task Force. But staying put isn’t an option for the task force, and it will . Continue reading

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Rising temperatures and changing forests

Fire and insect epidemics have dramatically reshaped some forests in the Rocky Mountains in recent years. Buckle up, because the changes are almost certain to accelerate. That’s the bottom line of a new report called “Rocky Mountain Forests at Risk.”
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What a delightful aspen show

The turning of the aspen leaves this year in northern Colorado has been exceptional, especially with so much red and gold. Why? Even tree experts are hard-pressed to explain why, although it may have to do with the uncommon wetness of late summer.
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Recovery of mountain real estate

Mountain real estate sales have recovered nicely from the giant tumble of 2007-2009, as is evident in two projects at Telluride and Mountain Village. But sales aren’t strong enough yet to justify much in the way of new construction. Continue reading

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Human fingerprints on 2013 floods

Human fingerprints were not evident in the floods along Colorado’s Front Range in September 2013—at least not clearly. Continue reading

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Dirtiest plants

A reported released today by Environment Colorado offers an interesting approach, comparing greenhouse gas emissions of individual states with other countries. Colorado’s are comparable to those of New Zealand, Wyoming to Cuba and Utah to Tunisia. Continue reading

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Vail Resorts buys PCMR

Ending jitters on Main Street in the Utah ski town of Park City, Vail Resorts announced today it has purchased Park City Mountain Resort from Powdr Corp for $182.5 million in cash. Continue reading

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Energy Prize

Park City/Summit County, Aspen, and Jackson Hole are among the 52 communities in the United States competing for Georgetown University’s $5 million Energy Prize.
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Closed in Jackson

Everywhere, the economy has been roaring back, and in mountain towns more in tourism than in real estate. But Jackson’s housing issues seem far more severe than elsewhere. Continue reading

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Climate crisis with a quip and a grin

The enduring appeal of Katharine Hayhoe is that she talks about the serious stuff of climate change with giggles, grins and wisecracks . She also has a razor-sharp intellect that distills why we cannot afford to dawdle.
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