Freezing in the Age of Global Warming

Column by Hal Walter Climate – February 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine AFTER AN EXTENDED, warmer-than-usual fall, cold weather struck the Wet Mountains with a vengeance in mid-December. By the time the holidays rolled around, Heaven had indeed frozen over with nighttime temperatures regularly dropping below zero and hovering in the low single digits on […]

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Water Update

Column by John Orr Water – February 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine San Luis Valley groundwater Water watchers in the San Luis Valley have had a lot to keep them busy lately. The State Supreme Court heard arguments about the state engineer’s confined aquifer rules and now everyone is waiting for a ruling. The rules […]

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New Year’s Disillusions

Column by John Mattingly Modern Life – February 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Resolutions gave way this year to a list of things that crossed my path in 2007 that fall into the category of, “I just don’t get it.” I admit my incomprehension of the items on this list is irrational, indefensible, and in […]

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Jo Annette Sieve: Landscaps and Portraits

Article by Sue Snively Local Artists – February 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine The Card Game They sit, five distinguished men on a hill, under the sprawling branches of a tree, concentrating intently on the card game they are playing. One of the individuals has thick white hair, and sits with his back against the […]

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When the back yard is full

Column by George Sibley Development – February 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine CRESTED BUTTE has been getting media attention lately that ranges from the haughtily skeptical to the outright critical. A full-fledged resort community today — skiing in the winter and a diversity of mountain recreations in the summer — Crested Butte is now faced […]

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A military appraisal of Anza’s 1779 campaign

Article by Christopher Rein History – February 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER OF 1779, the Spanish Governor of New Mexico, Don Juan Bautista de Anza, led a remarkable military campaign into an uncharted realm of the Spanish Empire, fought two battles against the Comanche, and returned safely with his command after […]

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Geoexchange

Sidebar by Allen Best Energy – February 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine While hot water underground can produce electricity, another type of ground-source heat is warming — and, counterintuitively, cooling — homes. The technology, often called geo-exchange, is decades old, but because natural gas and other fossil fuel energies in the West have cost so […]

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Looking for ways to tap our geothermal sources

Article by Allen Best Energy – February 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine SOUTHWEST OF ASPEN, at the head of the Conundrum Creek Valley, are hot springs. At 11,200 feet, just below timberline, they are among the highest hot springs in the nation. But the Conundrum Hot Springs are also distinguished by what is in the […]

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Maybe we do get what we want

Essay by Martha Quillen Politics – February 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine CHANGE IS THE BUZZWORD for the 2008 Presidential campaigns — at least for the moment. But initiating desirable change is harder than the campaigners contend. It’s even harder than Hillary Clinton professes when she insists that is takes hard work and experience (while […]

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Thrillcraft, edited by George Wuerthner

Review by Martha Quillen Recreation – February 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Thrillcraft – The Environmental Consequences of Motorized Recreation Edited by George Wuerthner Published by the Foundation for Deep Ecology in 2007 ISBN: 1933392665

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Inspiring reading

Letter from Slim Wolfe Politics – February 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Editors: Moment of truth: It was the night of the New Hampshire primary and BBC news anchor Dan Damon was on the line to his stringer in Concord: “So Jamey, what were the substantive issues in play?” With all the smoothness of the […]

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Don’t forget the Civil War

Letter from Virginia McConnell Simmons History – February 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Dear Ed: Your review of my book, Drifting West: The Calamities of James White and Charles Baker, in the January issue was greatly appreciated. One statement made prompts me to offer a correction, since it involves the effect of the outbreak of […]

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