Category Archives: Mountain towns

How a town’s terrorist became an American anti-hero

Marvin Heemeyer’s bulldozer had barely cooled after his 2004 pillaging of a Colorado mountain town before some people had proclaimed him a hero for exacting revenge on those who had done him wrong. Patrick Brower, who was there at almost every step of the way, refutes this false narrative in his book “Killdozer.” Continue reading

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Can Olympics be economically viable?

The Olympics Games, both winter and summer, yield endless stories about triumph and heartbreak, the march of the human spirit. Those in South Korea have been no different. But the underlying story in most Olympics is the enormous cost to hosting cities and countries. Is there a way around this? Continue reading

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How can these ski communities achieve 100% renewables?

From Squaw Valley to Breckenridge, more ski communities are pledging to work with their electrical suppliers to be able o claim 100 percent renewable generator. Continue reading

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Colorado climate compact moves ahead in Denver suburb

The Compact of Colorado Communities was birthed a year ago in climate-change activism in Aspen. But for its coming out party, a suburban location in metro Denver was chosen. Even so, some people believe such discussions are better held without mention of climate change or clean energy. Continue reading

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A setback for dark sky in Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley

Dark-sky proponents in Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley suffered a setback when planning commissioners reject definition of light pollution that would limit intensity of LED and other lights.
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Patrick Brower on why “Killdozer” operator was no hero

In his new book, “Killdozer,” Patrick Brower recounts the 2004 bulldozer rampage that left 13 buildings in a Colorado mountain town badly damaged or razed, including that of the newspaper office where he worked. He talks about writing Killdozer and why some people wrongly persist in seeing the dozer operator as a hero. Continue reading

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Tom Hale remembered as crafty, capable contributor

With roots in Puritan New England, Tom Hale arrived in the Colorado Rockies in the 1960s, first Aspen, then Telluride, where he became the first of the newcomers elected to local positions. hHe later managed two mountain towns and administered a mountain county. He is remembered as capable and crafty, somebody who got things done. Continue reading

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Grasping at straws and other polystyrene products

South Lake Tahoe looks to restrict sale and distribution of plastic foam and other polystyrene products by restaurants and grocery stores. The city hopes other jurisdictions at Lake Tahoe follow suite. Elected officials in the Colorado town of Avon will also be reviewing possible restrictions. Continue reading

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Why can’t this California biomass plant get off the ground

California’s Tahoe Basin has lots of dead wood. Why can’t it be burned to generate electricity? A biomass plant proposed near Squaw Valley stumbles yet again. Meanwhile, a goal for 100 percent renewables for Squaw Valley and maybe a microgrid, too. Continue reading

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Sobering reminder spurs new Summit County wildfire regs

Last summer’s Peak Two Fire was a sobering reminder of Summit County’s risk of wildfires. Now, local officials have upped the ante in their efforts to make local homes less vulnerable. Continue reading

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