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.

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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UnVail gets Deer Valley, but what will it do with it?

UnVail—no name has been chosen for new KSL Capital Parnters/Crown family business—is getting Deer Valley, but what will it do with it and other ski areas?
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When white supremacists visit mountain towns

Two white supremacists at Charlottesville had links to ski towns in the Rocky Mountains. But should ski towns factor politics when they offer hospitality? Continue reading

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