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.

County officials take on coal mine methane

Coal mines in Colorado’s North Fork Valley are known as among the worst methane polluters on the planet. Gunnison County commissioners ask: must this continue? Continue reading

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Kit Carson’s answer for hardscrabble rural America

Kit Carson Electric of Taos, N.M., has set a goal of 100 percent renewables. The cast of characters includes the son of a coal miner and a former executive with Nike. Continue reading

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The interesting and interested life of Vail’s Bob Parker

Bob Parker was a 10th Mountain Division soldier who returned to Colorado to help create Vail. He was a marketing genius but also a poet and an archaeologist.
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Does Tony Seba wax too optimistic about technology?

Tony Seba predicts technological disruption in 2020 or 2021 in electric
and autonomous vehicles, solar energy and energy storage. Can he possibly be right? Continue reading

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The challenge of job losses in coal communities

How will towns like Gillette, located in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, transition as coal-related jobs disappear. Reports from Colorado, Montana and Wyoming were shared at a recent conference. Continue reading

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Colorado co-op goes to NREL for next chief executive

The next chief executive of Colorado electrical co-op Holy Cross Energy will come from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. “He just really nailed the vision that was shared by the board,” one director said. Continue reading

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Remembering when all of Colorado seemed to be on fire

Fifteen years ago, three major forest fires were roaring in Colorado, making even city streets feel like a dystopian sci-fi movie. What did we learn from those fires? Continue reading

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A sort-of normal spring runoff in an abnormal year

Colorado’s Yampa River peaked in mid-May and the same looked to have happened in Idaho’s Wood River. But generally, peak runoff is happening now, in early June. Continue reading

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The news briefly from mountain towns

Vail’s rare stand about national political issues VAIL, Colo. — If President Donald Trump is withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, Vail is among the hundreds of towns pointing in the other direction. They’re staying the course. In … Continue reading

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Why the push to allow pollution and waste?

What a loopy cause for Republicans in Congress to get behind: the right to pollute and waste a valuable resource. That was the crux issue of the methane debate. Continue reading

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