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2008-09-01 03:00:11

By Hazlehurst, John During an interview with the Pueblo Chieftain's Charles Ashby, Sen. John McCain said that he supported the "renegotiation" of the 1922 interstate compact, which governs the distribution of the waters of the Colorado River among the seven states that border the river. McCain was clear about the reasons: population growth in the lower basin states, specifically Arizona, Nevada, and California. Colorado politicians from both parties responded with rage. Both U.S....

2008-08-04 03:00:22

By Hazlehurst, John The average retail price of electricity rose 2.3 percent during 2007, according to the U.S. Energy Department, and industry analysts predict that higher coal prices will lead to larger increases this year. The increases will particularly affect consumers in the eastern United States, where most power plants burn high-BTU coal from mines in the Midwest. Fueled by export demand, the price of the benchmark grade Central Appalachian Coal has increased during the last...

2008-08-04 03:00:22

By Hazlehurst, John Driven by both supply bottlenecks and soaring demand, the price of coal has increased dramatically during the last year. That's of more than academic interest to Colorado Springs residents, since most of the city's electricity is generated by two coal-fired power plants: Martin Drake and Ray Nixon. Colorado Springs Utilities spends $50 million annually to buy and transport coal from northern Colorado and Wyoming to burn in the plants. That sum, determined by...

2008-07-21 03:00:25

By Hazlehurst, John While insects and disease alter ecosystems over many years, severe wildfires can destroy entire forests in a few days. The 2002 Hayman fire burned 138,000 acres in less than 10 days -- and the conditions that produced that fire are present in 36 percent of the local forest. "The forested areas surrounding Woodland Park have been identified as a unique and serious fire hazard to the residents of Teller County," according to the The Catamount Landscape Assessment....

2008-07-21 03:00:00

By Hazlehurst, John Water projects in the West, which typically involve one or more federal agencies, invariably trigger Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The act enjoins such agencies against actions that either "jeopardize" the continued existence of a species or result in the "adverse modification" of its critical habitat. For projects such as the Southern Delivery System, complying with ESA requirements can be legally complex and time-consuming. But fortunately for the...

2008-07-21 03:00:25

By Hazlehurst, John The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was intended to provide a means for the conservation of ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend, to provide conservation programs for those species, and to "achieve the purposes of the treaties and conventions" to which the United States is a party for conserving species facing extinction. But while Arizona lawyer Lisa McKnight's description might seem straightforward enough, during the last 35 years, the ESA...

2008-07-21 03:00:25

By Hazlehurst, John During the last 10 years, mountain pine beetles have killed more than 1.5 million acres of lodgepole pines statewide. Summit County, home to Colorado's ski industry, has been particularly hard hit. The verdant forests that once framed Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Beaver Creek are dying, attacked by an invading army of microscopic beetles less than an eighth of an inch in length. Tens of thousands of acres of dead or dying trees now surround...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'