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2008-08-15 00:00:17

By Mike Rudeen Marion, of Denver, is wondering whether diners sitting on the patio of a new restaurant in her neighborhood are breaking the law by smoking there. As long as they are 15 feet from the door and the owner hasn't designated it a no-smoking area, they aren't doing anything illegal. According to the state's no-smoking statutes, the local government can adjust that 15-foot rule, but Denver hasn't. Here's a new challenge: Who originally mapped the Continental Divide? Was it...

2008-08-04 09:00:51

By Mike Rudeen Barbara wanted to know how she could find a math tutor for her 9- year-old grandson. I checked with Jefferson County and Denver public schools and was told that the best first step is to call the child's school and talk to either the teacher or the principal. Many teachers and retired teachers do tutoring after school, and since they are or have been affiliated with the school, they'll know the math program being used there. In some instances, parents also volunteer as...

2008-07-09 09:00:25

By Mike Rudeen Why is Peg a nickname for Margaret? - Peg, Broomfield Bryan ("Don't call me Bry") says it isn't, but most sources I could find disagree with him. Basically, as Margaret was shortened, it became Maggie, Meg and many variations. How the M became a P is the subject of conjecture: Some sources say waves of immigrants and languages entering England are responsible, while others say it probably came from a childhood rhyming game, for example, "Maggie- Paggie" and "Meggie-Peggy."...

2008-07-08 09:00:30

By Mike Rudeen Bob saw a medallion in an airline catalog that bore the motto "do right and fear no man." He wondered where the words came from and where he could find one of the medallions. Jim and Roger came to the rescue. They found a medallion bearing that slogan on eBay, with bidding ending today. If you go to eBay.com and plug "fear no man" into the search engine at the top, it should pop right up. Roger also suggested that you browse medal and medallion dealers online and plug...

2008-07-01 09:01:01

By Mike Rudeen In a recent question about the price of oil, Jack also asked how much it would cost today to produce a barrel of oil from oil shale. I asked Shell Oil Co., one of the big players researching the recovery of oil from oil shale, what a barrel would cost. It's too early in the research-and-development process to project the cost of commercially producing a barrel of oil from shale, which exists in abundance in Colorado, said Shell spokeswoman Robin Lebovitz. "That said, we...

2008-06-16 09:01:05

By Mike Rudeen Dick and Jean asked recently about a "forest" of solar panels near the mustang statue at DIA: who put them there and where the generated power goes. The day their question ran in this space, the Rocky had a story in the business section about that solar forest. In case you missed it, Gargi Chakrabarty wrote that, when completed, the project will generate 2 megawatts of power, roughly enough to serve 1,500 homes, when the sun's out and the system is humming. At the...


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