Items by Allen Best
The Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition grades Western ski areas in its Environmental Scorecard, and the average grade is pretty average
Allen Best goes beyond the cliches involving Kobe Bryant, the basketball star accused of rape in western Colorado.
The writer remembers his mother and grandmother’s stories of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression as he faces the current drought afflicting the West
The writer loves Western highways even more than he hates them, especially in summer when his gas-pedal foot gets twitchy
"The Big Straw" - a massive, extravagant scheme to bring water from Colorado's Western Slope to its crowded Front Range, is being seriously reconsidered in a state faced with drought and a growing population.
With each flood of newcomers to the Interior West, specialized knowledge of place and culture is both lost and gained.
Seven wildlife biologists are in trouble for giving to a lab hair samples of what were supposed to be from wild Canada lynx in Washington but actually belonged to captive ones and a bobcat.
Growing traffic on Colorado's Interstate 70 has some thinking the state should consider building a monorail to ferry people from Denver into the mountains.
Daniel Glick's "Powder Burn: Arson, Money, and Mystery on Vail Mountain" tells the story of the Vail Ski Area and the fire that destroyed its mountaintop restaurant, in an entertaining way, but ultimately lacks depth and insight.
"Painters of the American West" museum exhibit from billionaire Philip Anschutz's collection ironically shows idealized, beautiful land, untouched by industrialists (such as Anschutz).
The Colorado Wildlife Commission has approved a nine-year coyote-killing experiment in western Colorado.
Environmentalists would like to overturn the Forest Service's decision to let Colorado's Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort start snowmaking.
Around today's Colorado Trail, where Camp Hale was in WWII, hikers are finding old grenades and other unexploded ordnance.
David Brower quits Sierra Club; White River Nat'l Forest plan gets avalanche of mail; judge says Army Corps of Engineers has been ignoring environmental laws on Yellowstone River; acting grizzly Bart dies.
In Colorado, Rep. Scott McInnis has proposed a bill to make the 130,000-acre Black Ridge Canyon a national conservation area, with 72,000 acres designated wilderness.
On Colorado's White River National Forest, Assistant District Ranger Bill Johnson, a former sawmill worker, is responsible for roads and road removal, a subject at the heart of disputes on the forest. Also, Tony Vangalis, in his own words.
The White River National Forest stretches most of the way across Colorado from the Continental Divide to the Western Slope.
Guidebook writer Lou Dawson says that the White River Forest should be managed for people and their use.
Jim Gonzalez, a hunter who loves roadless areas, says that the White River National Forest caves into ski areas and other special interests.
Recreationists, environmentalists, politicians and agency employees are among those offering comments on the White River National Forest's proposed new plan.
Recreationists of every kind have long used Colorado's White River National Forest as a playground, and the Forest Service's proposed new plan, which would limit some activities in an attempt to help the forest, is being met with a lot of anger.
Nine protesters are arrested for trying to block an access road in the White River National Forest in an attempt to halt the controversial expansion of the Vail Ski Area.
A reintroduced lynx dies on Vail Pass, and some say the fact that the animal traveled 200 miles to get there proves that the Vail area is prime lynx habitat.
Notorious developer Tom Chapman is circulating a glossy brochure for the mansions he says he plans to build on former mining claims in Colorado's Holy Cross Wilderness.
In Colorado, reintroduction of Canada lynx and the starvation of some of the animals has some conservationists agreeing with the livestock lobby's arguments that federal biologists rushed to bring in the lynx without due consideration.
Some worry that Vail and the other booming ski resorts along Colorado's I-70 corridor - which are more lucrative than ever as they become year-round resorts - are turning the state into an Alpine theme park more like Switzerland than the Rocky Mountains.