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.

Electric car sales and the expanding lily pond

Sales of electric vehicles have been increasing robustly in Colorado, leading one transportation analyst to cautiously predict that 20 percent of all cars, trucks and motorcycles could be electric by 2030. Continue reading

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How the horrors of Dachau made Vail a better place

At age 21, Tom Steinberg saw the horrors of Dachau. It deeply influenced his work as Vail’s first physician and, later, an elected official. He touched many.
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The day that Breckenridge got lucky

Breckenridge was full of people the day last summer that fire erupted in the nearby Tenmile Range. “It was scary. It was so close,” says one local resident. Continue reading

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UnVail challenges ski industry dominance of Vail Resorts

Deep pockets of the Crown family of Chicago and Aspen and the KSL Capital Partners have now assembled enough ski areas to do serious battle with Vail Resorts.
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Fatal snakebite in Colorado a statistical anomaly

Colorado hasn’t had a fatal snakebite since at 1998, and maybe earlier. So why did 31-year-old endurance athlete Daniel Hohs become a statistical anomaly after being bitten by a rattlesnake in the foothills west of Denver? Continue reading

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Preserving the dark skies of a Colorado mountain valley

Dark skies are good for the pocketbook and arguably good for the soul. So why is Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley arguing about whether to preserve them? Continue reading

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Renaming of Gore Range gathers local support

An Irish hunter visited Colorado’s high country in 1854 and left his name on a mountain range, a canyon and more. But are there more worthy figures to remember? Continue reading

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Three reasons for optimism about climate change

A former Obama adviser says Trump’s effort to turn back the energy clock will fail because the train has left the station. He cites three reasons why. Continue reading

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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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