Author Archives: Allen Best

About Allen Best

Allen Best is a Colorado-based journalist. He publishes a subscription-based e-zine called Mountain Town News, portions of which are published on the website of the same name, and also writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines.

How can coal communities cushion the landing?

Coal is skidding, and more is to come. What can communities do to prepare? by Allen Best Coal communities have shed jobs for more than a century. More are certain to be lost as the fuel loses favor because of … Continue reading

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Chasing ice and chasing climate solutions in Colorado

Local climate action or higher-level policy advocacy? It’s a familiar argument, and it came up at Aspen as the Compact of Colorado Communities was launched. Continue reading

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The warming Arctic and our weird weather here

How weird, extreme weather here may be caused by the warming Arctic by Allen Best The big winter in California—and, before that, four years of not much snow? The big and repeated snows in Boston several years ago? They, along with … Continue reading

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Remembering but not honoring Confederate war leaders

As statues honoring Confederate leaders go down in New Orleans, the question lingers even in places like Aspen: What do our statues say about us? Continue reading

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Why Aspen thinks we need another climate change group

What’s lacking in the Colorado climate story? Aspen’s city government believes it’s a network geared toward assisting internal change in local communities. Continue reading

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At the edge in the Colorado River headwaters

Nothing can be quite so delightful as the first trickle of a great river. A report from the headwaters of a Colorado River tributary on the edge of spring. Continue reading

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Why no tutus in Jackson Hole’s Million Dollar Cowboy Bar?

Guys in liberal enclaves of Wyoming were putting on tutus recently after a remark by Sen. Mike Enzi. But why not the men in Jackson Hole?
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Apartment developer aims for new, energy-smart way

Developer Brice Leconte says he aims to revolutionize how apartments are made in the United States, and that goal has him partnering in research with NREL. Continue reading

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The fracture lines over Colorado’s coal plant retirement bill

A bill that would cushion closed coal plants encounters fractures in the Colorado Legislature, both along party lines but also among environmentalists. Continue reading

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Authenticity in towns draws people and jobs

Consultant Clark Anderson tells coal-reliant communities that creating places where people want to live is even more important than providing jobs. Continue reading

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