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Thursday, April 3,2014

New Colorado wilderness held hostage in partisan congressional gridlock

New conservation PAC aims to tip the balance

By Bob Berwyn
After the budget battles of the last few years, it’s clear that Congress is fiscally dysfunctional, but our elected lawmakers also face challenges including finding the political will to support public land preservation bills, including several proposals in Colorado, where the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act, the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act and the Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act are all stalled in the fog of partisan gridlock.
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Friday, March 28,2014

Sustaining Colorado’s forests

By Bob Berwyn
Colorado’s vast stands of lodgepole pines are part of one of the world’s great mountain forest belts, stretching nearly unbroken from Canada to Mexico. The forests first grew during an opportune period in Earth’s geological history: Receding ice sheets tilled the Rocky Mountains and provided moisture as the climate warmed after the last ice age. About 20 years ago, something tipped. Mountain pine beetles swarmed in ever-greater numbers, ultimately killing trees across more than 3 million acres.
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Friday, March 28,2014

National parks push for sustainable food services

By Bob Berwyn
If your spring or summer travel plans this year include a national park visit, be sure to check out the healthier food options that are showing up in cafeterias and restaurants at our public lands crown jewels — and if you find some, be sure to give the chef and the park a shout-out to help encourage the transition to more sustainable eating habits.
Thursday, March 20,2014

Ski area bosses, conservationists should seek progressive solution for Eldora expansion plan

Collaborative, adaptive management approach could yield environmental, social benefits

By Bob Berwyn
Proposed expansion at Eldora Mountain Resort could easily break down along familiar lines, pitting the ski industry and the U.S. Forest Service against conservation advocates and community activists over a plan that envisions adding new turf and equipment.
Thursday, March 13,2014

State lawmakers take baby steps to address wildfire threat

Fundamental changes suggested by expert panel last summer not part of this year’s legislative agenda

By Bob Berwyn
Fundamental changes suggested by expert panel last summer not part of this year’s legislative agenda.
Thursday, March 6,2014

Colorado restaurant servers could see pay raised by about $2 an hour

By Bob Berwyn
Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 like Obama wants would also raise the pay rate for tipped employees — including restaurant industry servers — which is currently set at $2.13 an hour nationally, to $7.07.
Thursday, February 20,2014

Colorado grappling with greenhouse gas inventory

Draft version shows some gains, but state has a long way to go to meet emissions reduction goals

By Bob Berwyn
Tallying up greenhouse gas emissions may not be quite as easy as counting your fingers and toes, but it’s a necessary step toward taming the global warming beast, according to experts who have been working hard to complete an updated greenhouse inventory for Colorado.
Thursday, February 6,2014

Developer dips in wetlands

Deadlines missed after permit violations

By Bob Berwyn
Work at the site by Brynn Grey Partners violated the terms of a federal permit and could drain a wetlands area near the intersection of Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 9. The wetlands help moderate flooding risks during wet times and also help sustain base flows in a nearby mountain stream during the dry season.
Thursday, June 28,2012

Fire smoke may diminish rainfall

Scientists investigate the effect of smoke on Colorado’s monsoon season

By Bob Berwyn
All eyes are on the southwest monsoon flow for some relief from Colorado’s record-breaking drought, but there’s a chance that regional and local haze and smoke could inhibit thunderstorm formation, potentially diminishing the chance for significant rains.
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