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  • Aspen, Colo. environmental community split over small hydro

    Aspen, Colo. environmental community split over small hydro

    Reviving a small hydroelectric plant on Castle Creek was supposed to help the city's utility get closer to providing 100 percent carbon free electricity as part of an effort to fight climate change. Instead, it's kicked up a furor.

  • Heard Around the West

    A field guide to obnoxious housing; April Fool’s in Aspen; Ruby the turkey vulture; how to curb immigration; and please, baby boomers, don’t all retire at once!

  • Conservation for the Adrenaline Crowd

    Conservation for the Adrenaline Crowd

    Environmentalists in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado have struggled to get recreationists behind their causes.

  • The next boomtown

    The discovery of heretofore "undiscovered" small towns, and their invasion by wealthy second-homeowners, brings money, problems and often disillusionment to much of the West

  • The day they close the pass

    As mountain towns get more accessible and lively, even in midwinter, the author relishes the way his tiny, remote town slows to a stop once the mountain pass highway is closed for the season

  • Heard around the West

    Remembering Hunter S. Thompson; out-of-doors Internet; Brian Schweitzer takes on D.C.; more realtors than realty in Vail, Colo.; Top 10 things about being a small-town teen; and Koko the talking ape gets nasty

  • As the town hollows out, one Aspen neighborhood thrives

    The Smuggler Mobile Home Park in Aspen, Colo., is a vibrant neighborhood that has survived Superfund status and soaring real estate

  • Former Enron CEO took his money and ran

    Former CEO Ken Lay had to sell some of his Aspen properties when Enron fell apart, but he made a fair amount of money in the process

  • Window Shopping: Part-Time Paradise

    Aspen, Colo., and other mountain resort towns burst with wealthy baby boomers' second, third and even fourth homes. But for much of the year those houses sit empty, and the towns are turning hollow

  • Heard Around the West

    Sen. Larry Craig plays petty politics with the Air Force; robbery in Aspen; Phoenix is too darn hot; Idaho newspaper takes on fee demo program; Montana anglers take on Huey Lewis; and chickens slaughtered in California wood chipper

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