Posted inColoradans, Environment, News, Outdoors, Wildfire

Two of Colorado’s largest trees lived for 500 years near Durango. Then came the 416 fire.

There was a whisper of hope. Maybe there would be a little bit of green. Maybe the aerial photos from September captured the wrong tree. But hope faded as the arborists, foresters and scientists reached the blackened grove at the heart of the 54,000-acre, 416 fire, near the confluence of Hermosa Creek and Dutch Creek […]

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Interior Department sets July 1 goal for reorganization that could preempt Bureau of Land Management headquarters move to Colorado

By Dan Elliott, The Associated Press The U.S. Interior Department said Thursday it wants to have its newly reorganized regions up and running by July 1. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s plan calls for realigning the department into 12 unified regions and relocating many decision-makers from Washington to field offices. The department has nine major sub-agencies […]

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Powderhorn ski area uses Opportunity Zone tax credits to lure deep-pocketed investors

Big investment is on tap for Powderhorn Mountain Resort, with its owners hiring a longtime resort management company to take over operations and enlisting deep-pocketed investors to help fund upgrades at the 52-year-old ski area above Grand Junction. Powderhorn owners — Denver’s Gart brothers Ken, John and Tom and resort veteran Andy Daly — last […]

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Alterra expects to sell 250,000 Ikon Passes, Vail Resorts says Epic Pass sales are up

VAIL — When executives from Vail Resorts and the nascent Alterra Mountain Company get together to discuss skiing, there are never fireworks. Or even a hint that the fiercely competitive rivals are locked in a raging season-pass battle. This is not surprising. Ski industry execs from competing companies do not gather in public meetings and […]

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The Front Range fails to meet federal standards for healthy air quality. Again.

Air quality in Denver and the northern Front Range worsened over the summer and the region missed an extended deadline to meet federal health standards, according to monitoring results by the state’s Air Pollution Control Division. That’s bad news for Coloradans suffering from asthma and lung diseases, or young children whose lungs are still developing. […]

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Here’s why more electric vehicles, including a future Subaru, may become available in Colorado — or not

The sales of electric and hybrid vehicles continue to rise in Colorado. And to no surprise, the top-selling model this year is a crossover-SUV, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. But that’s a hybrid, so gas power kicks in when needed. Pure electric vehicles, especially SUVs and pickups, are a much rarer breed at area auto dealerships […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Outdoors, Water

El Nino weather pattern could bring drought relief to Colorado, broader southwestern U.S.

By Tim Talley, The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — Climatologists said Wednesday that conditions are right for an El Nino weather pattern to develop that could bring wetter-than-normal conditions this winter in drought-stricken areas of the southwestern U.S. But they also note there is no guarantee that an El Nino event would bring more rain […]

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Grand Junction used to be a place young people fled. Now, millennial entrepreneurs are flocking there for opportunity.

GRAND JUNCTION — Andrew Duran has lived in Taos, New Mexico, and Boulder. This well-tattooed 35-year-old has pedaled his bike around the world, spending loads of time in exotic places. Now, he has landed in a spot that has long been high on his geographic bucket list: Grand Junction. Yes, stodgy Grand Junction. Longtime nickname: […]

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How the deaths of two U.S. ski team members in an Austrian avalanche are spurring change

By Pat Graham, The Associated Press On the ski lift buildings at the resort in Soelden, Austria, there are now signs that read: Attention! High Alpine terrain. Leave marked runs at your own risk. Written in English, the warning notices also feature the pictures of Bryce Astle and Ronnie Berlack, two U.S. ski team development members who […]