Category Archives: Mountain towns

Will high-pressure ridge leave Rockies high and dry?

Could high-pressure ridge in the Pacific give ski towns in Rockies a dry Christmas? Also, a disturbing link to melting ice in the rapidly warming Arctic. Continue reading

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Utah’s Summit County aims for deep carbon reductions

Donald Trump vows to bring back coal, but a former Vietnam War pilot is leading an effort in Utah’s Summit County to radically reduce it in his community. Continue reading

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Autonomous vehicles and the last-mile problem

An autonomous or self-driving vehicle was unveiled at Pena Station Next in Denver. Elected officials predicted it will be an answer to a long-standing problem in public transportation. Continue reading

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Looking for Orion’s Belt on a snowy Idaho evening

Ketchum, Idaho, awarded a still-rare designation as a dark sky community. The question is whether that designation can be monetized through what is called astro-tourism. Continue reading

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Amory Lovins’s long, soft, and creatively optimistic path

Amory Lovins in 1976 argued for sweeping changes in energy. Many of them are finally coming about. But can we change directions soon enough to avert disaster? Continue reading

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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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