Monthly Archives: September 2017

The vanishing pikas of Lake Tahoe

As Bay Area sizzles, pika in mountains above Lake Tahoe are disappearing LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Mark Twain is supposed to have said that the coldest winter he ever spent was in San Francisco. Actually, he probably said something like that … Continue reading

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Real community fabric amid the plastic Bavaria of Vail

Plastic Bavaria, they called Vail, a fake town before there was fake news. But the Eagle Valley Rummage Sale says much about creation of the community’s fabric. Continue reading

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Colorado’s tools for accelerating greenhouse reductions

New report by Colorado environmental groups calls for a price on carbon as one way to help achieve urgently needed reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading

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Loveliest sight is actually overhead at the Black Canyon

University of Utah’s Bettymaya Foot makes the case at Black Canyon of the Gunnison that light pollution is not inevitable, but rather a result of poor design. Continue reading

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A life well lived and an exceptional death

John Byrne Cook, son of a household name, achieved fame in his own right as road manager for Janis Joplin then as author. But his own life ended on a high note. Continue reading

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Xcel decision fortifies calls for 100 percent renewables

With major utilities like Xcel now retiring coal plants because of costs, calls for 100 percent renewables in Breckenridge and Durango seem more attainable. Continue reading

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Thin air stealthily robs young backpacker of her life

Susanna Deforest’s death along a hiking trail from a severe form of altitude sickness leaves many to wonder if something could have been done differently.
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Mining jobs at West Elk without methane emissions?

Was the Colorado governor’s position about the West Elk coal mine expansion Solomon like or dodging a hard issue about a major greenhouse gas emission? Continue reading

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Dark side of the moon and climate change

Science had predicted all this with precision. None of us gathered along the barbed wire fences in Nebraska had doubted it. But why so little faith in climate science? Continue reading

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Inching along toward renewables in mountain towns

Crested Butte and Breckenridge examine goals of 100 percent renewables, and Kit Carson Electric moves along toward the same goal with another solar farm. Continue reading

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