Posted inBusiness, Climate, Environment, News

Straight from the slaughterhouse to aviation, Colorado is pumping beef fat into a fancy jet near you  

GYPSUM — It’s incongruous to attach a hose to the gleaming wing of the futuristic, $2 million Cirrus Vision Jet, under the fast-clearing skies of another gorgeous high-plateau day at Eagle County Regional Airport, and then stuff the aircraft with the liquid byproducts of McRibs and flank steak.  But the modern era sometimes arrives to […]

Posted inColoradans, Education, News

Colorado school districts are hiring teachers to start work before they graduate amid educator shortage

Ellie Howe began teaching this year beside some of the same teachers she had as a middle schooler in the Eagle County School District, where they guided her through math problems, Spanish vocabulary and social studies projects. “Those teachers definitely pushed me to be a better individual in school,” said Howe, who is still learning […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News, Outdoors, Water, Wildfire

Northwest Colorado under “extremely critical” fire warning for first time in 15 years as Western Slope drought worsens

As drought conditions worsened on the Western Slope, the National Weather Service has issued its first “extremely critical” fire danger warning in 15 years for northwest Colorado. The warning, in effect through midnight, covers parts of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties that also are in a state of “exceptional drought,” according to the weekly U.S. […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Outdoors, The Outsider

Vanlife is booming in Colorado as housing costs climb and work-anywhere appeal grows

GYPSUM — Darla Letourneau is ready for an adventure of a lifetime. “This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this by myself,” the 72-year-old Floridian said as she circled and studied her brand new Promaster van, custom converted by Dave & Matt Vans.  Letourneau is planning to spend the next half a […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, Growth, News, Transportation

Trains could return to Colorado’s Tennessee Pass, rumble through Leadville under pair of proposals

It’s been 23 years since trains rumbled through the tunnel atop Tennessee Pass.  That could change as interest in the dormant Tennessee Pass Line between Cañon City and Dotsero grows. A fledgling railway project in Utah’s Uinta Basin and a billionaire New York City developer with thousands of acres of wheat and an existing rail […]

Posted inBusiness, COVID, News, Transportation

Coronavirus created the shortest commercial jet flight in the country — Eagle to Aspen. But it won’t last.

GYPSUM —  The rental cars are stacked bumper-to-bumper. Hundreds of them wedged into two parking lots. The rest of the airport lots are deserted. Fewer than two dozen cars are scattered across the sprawling asphalt outside the Eagle County Regional Airport. Inside the recently expanded terminal, employees easily outnumber travelers as giant televisions flicker with […]