Category Archives: Mountain towns

Why the Trump ban on Muslims is so deeply offensive

I am a Muslim: Why Trump’s new U.S. ban on visitations cannot be accepted  by Allen Best “I am a Muslim,” I told Cathy this morning. It was something I have been thinking of posting in my front yard. She … Continue reading

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Post-inaugural marches in mountain towns

Wieners in Steamboat among post-election marches in mountain towns   by Allen Best PARK CITY, Utah – Women and their male supporters took to the streets in many ski and mountain towns on Saturday in response to the inauguration of Donald Trump as … Continue reading

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Global warming and a cold morning in Colorado

Colder even than a banker’s heart: a 61-below morning in Colorado by Allen Best Cold temperatures of early January had me digging deep into my dresser drawers for long johns. I’ve rarely worn them since the late 1990s, when I … Continue reading

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Luck but also tools saved avalanche victim

The reasons this backcountry skier from Durango lived to see another day  DURANGO, Colo. – An unnamed man lives today in Durango partly because he and his companion took all the right tools on a backcountry skiing trip. But he … Continue reading

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January storms a challenge in mountain towns

Prodigious storms both thrilling and a challenge for mountain towns by Allen Best CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – Jim Schmidt, a former mayor of Crested Butte, has been shoveling snow there for 40 years. Sunday was the first day in three weeks this … Continue reading

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Remembering the Rockies rambles of Jack Kerouac

When Jack Kerouac traipsed across the Rockies after World War II by Allen Best KREMMLING, Colo. — When Jack Kerouac and his companions were traipsing across North America after World War II, there were no interstate highways. Those traveling from … Continue reading

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Unexpected warmth inside shrinking Athabasca Glacier

In bowels of shrinking Athabasca Glacier, the air was eerily warm JASPER, Alberta — If you drive north from Lake Louise for an hour and a half, you will come to the Columbia Icefields, a sprawl of glaciers along the Continental … Continue reading

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Aspen Skiing Co.’s two new Limelight hotels

Vail parties join Aspen Skiing to finish project Base Village at Snowmass SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. — A deal has been struck that will likely yield the long-delayed completion of Base Village, the major upgrade to Snowmass. But while that’s big news … Continue reading

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What Colorado town will be stand-in for Aspen in 1970?

A movie is to be made about Hunter Thompson’s 1970 campaign to become Pitkin County sheriff on the Freak Party ticket. What Colorado town today most closely resembles Aspen then? Continue reading

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What it takes to keep the Milky Way visible

In Los Angeles, it took an earthquake for many people to wonder at the Milky Way. The Idaho Conservation Group hopes a big shake won’t be required. Continue reading

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