A familiar sight earlier this summer; courtesy of Shutterstock
Water—or lack thereof—is a familiar topic of conversation in Colorado, where the natural resource is scarce and water rights are a complicated matter often stretching back generations. Typically, that dialogue has a negative slant: Drought! Wildfires! The EPA's recent Gold King Mine disaster! But...
August 24 2015, 9:00 AM
Camping during last year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival, with Ingram Falls visible in the background. (All photos, unless otherwise noted: Benko Photographics)
I think about festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, with attendance levels that hover around 80,000, and I feel a little sick. Not because of the music, but—as anyone who has ever cleaned up a large festival can attest to—because of the amount of waste left behind and the emphasis...
June 15 2015, 1:30 PM
—Courtesy of Amanda Croy
Boulder-based upslope brewing company just went on a hiring spree without upping its salary cap. That’s the benefit of employing algae to do your dirty work. Or, in this case, your cleanup work: The slippery little suckers are helping reduce the six-year-old brewery’s environmental impact by...
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For the December issue of 5280, deputy editor Lindsey Koehler spent a few days on the Western Slope in the town of Palisade reporting "Fruits Of Their Labor." The piece looks at one particularly iconic aspect of Colorado's $41 billion a year agriculture industry: Palisade peaches. Koehler's...
December 22 2014, 1:00 PM
—Photo by TK
—Photo by Matt Slaby
—Courtesy of South Platte Park
Metro Denver’s urban waterway, the South Platte River, has endured both active torment and benign neglect since pioneers settled along its banks more than 150 years ago. The river and the land alongside it were used as the city’s sewer and trash dump from 1858 until 1965—when the river fought back...
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is famous for saying, “No man ever steps in the same river twice”—which, of course, means the universe is in a constant state of flux. It’s difficult to argue against the logician’s maxim while looking at the ever-evolving Colorado landscape. Whether the changes are...