Tag Archives: Colorado

Anatomy of lightning strikes

A newlywed killed by lightning on Mount Yale fit a pattern. It was early afternoon and she and her new husband were above treeline. But lightning is not entirely predictable, as another party climbing a 14,000-foot peak in Colorado discovered. Continue reading

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Richard Martin’s book about coal

Richard Martin has a new book, “Coal Wars,” and it looks to be a terrific read, even if he says it’s not a deep policy analysis. Continue reading

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The one-person town of Bonanza

Bonanza, located in south-central Colorado, has a population of just one. But the secretary of state has ruled that it remains a legally incorporated town, at least for now. Here’s the reasoning why.
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Beauprez and Hickenlooper on Colorado drilling

Colorado gubernatorial candidates Bob Beauprez and John Hickenlooper offered sharply contrasting approaches to the drilling controversy during appearances at the Energy Forum in Westminster. Continue reading

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Colorado wind energy’s triumphs and challenges

Wind energy in Colorado has picked up bragging rights in the last decades, and more gains are very possible as a result of the EPA’s Clean Power Plant and technological improvements. But there are challenges, too. Continue reading

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What a delightful aspen show

The turning of the aspen leaves this year in northern Colorado has been exceptional, especially with so much red and gold. Why? Even tree experts are hard-pressed to explain why, although it may have to do with the uncommon wetness of late summer.
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Human fingerprints on 2013 floods

Human fingerprints were not evident in the floods along Colorado’s Front Range in September 2013—at least not clearly. Continue reading

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Voting where your heart is, not where you live

Home may be where the heart is, as the adage goes. But where you vote is where you conduct most of your affairs, explains a district attorney after looking into allegations of fraudulent voting in the mountain town of Montezuma . Continue reading

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Teensy, tiny and other small towns of the West

The newspaper described the Colorado town of Eagle as “tiny.” I was mystified by that description. What makes a town tiny or small, or big or gargantuan? Continue reading

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Tilting the table of Colorado’s water geography

Transmountain diversions from Colorado’s Western Slope to cities and farms east of the Continental Divide range from 450,000 to 600,000 acre-feet a year
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