Posted inBusiness, Environment, News, Politics and Government

How bad are Coloradans at recycling? Chaffee County contractor closed its free sites over bad actors, slim profits

Angel of Shavano Recycling spent 15 years sifting through Chaffee County’s trash collecting its treasures — plastics, cardboard, paper, newspaper, tin and aluminum. But slim profits and bad behavior by customers led the owner, Mickey Barry, to close the gates on the four free community recycling sites.  “In the recycling industry the drop sites have […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Newsletters, Outsider, Transportation

Opponents urge federal board to reject revival of Tennessee Pass railroad along Arkansas, Eagle rivers

Opposition to the plan to revive long-dormant rail traffic on Tennessee Pass is growing by the day.  Residents of Chaffee, Lake and Eagle counties buried the Surface Transportation Board this month with opposition to the plan proposed by a Texas-based, short-line operator to begin running freight and possibly passengers on tracks that last saw trains […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, Growth, News, Politics and Government

Chaffee County calls for more time, study of contentious Nestlé water-bottling plan

Chaffee County’s commissioners want more analysis of a plan by Nestlé Waters North America to pump as much as 65 million gallons of water a year from the Upper Arkansas River Valley for bottling in Denver.  After several meetings in the last two months featuring hours of public input — virtually all of it opposing […]

Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, Environment, Growth, News, Outdoors

Nestlé’s plan to pump 65 million gallons of Arkansas River water to Denver for bottling stirs contentious fight

NATHROP — Dozens of Chaffee County residents lined up Thursday to virtually blast a plan by Nestlé Waters North America to pump up to 65 million gallons of groundwater a year out of the Upper Arkansas River Valley for bottling in Denver.  “We don’t need Nestlé to bottle our water and sell it back to […]