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Alone atop the coal mountain

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Wyoming is best known for Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole, Old Faithful and Vice President Dick Cheney — and don’t forget coal.
According to The Energy Information Administration, the state has recoverable reserves of more than 41 billion tons and demonstrated reserves, those considered technologically minable, of more than 64 billion tons. Continue Reading Alone atop the coal mountain

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Premature for full-fledged back-slapping

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For cinema buffs, there are no bad scenes in “Pulp Fiction,” just as there is no bad dialogue in “Casablanca.”
Remember the memorable exchange between the lawyer, Mr. Wolf (played by Harvey Keitel), and the two hit men, Vincent and Jules (John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson)? The Wolf, taking charge of an, er, extremely messy situation, reminds the feckless hit men that there’s still work to do. Continue Reading Premature for full-fledged back-slapping

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Wyo. water offers alternative to SDS

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Fort Collins entrepreneur Aaron Million thinks that he has found a way to supply Colorado Springs, and much of the Front Range, with enough water to supply the need for the next century.
He doesn’t have a mysterious device to turn tumbleweeds into H20 — he wants to raid a reservoir in Wyoming. Continue Reading Wyo. water offers alternative to SDS

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One little bill, but so much controversy

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Could there be anything more fun than the uproar over HB 1072, the recently-passed bill that amends the so-called “Labor Peace Act” of 1963?
If political junkies were film buffs, it’s like seeing the original cut of “Casablanca.” Labor dinosaurs do battle with business troglodytes! Sinister labor barons threaten the free enterprise system! Democratic pols, flush with labor dollars, crush the GOP defenders of truth, justice and the American way! The fearless advocates of working Americans fight the evil minions of millionaire monopolists! Continue Reading One little bill, but so much controversy

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Opening ‘the mountain’ could be tourism boom

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There are places that loom large in the annals of war, and in our collective imagination, places where no battles are fought, no shots are fired and where the loudest noise is the muted hum of powerful computer systems.
Think of the War Room at the Pentagon, the White House Situation Room, the mysterious “undisclosed location” to which Vice President Dick Cheney retreated during the aftermath of 9/11 … and right here in our back yard — Cheyenne Mountain. Continue Reading Opening ‘the mountain’ could be tourism boom

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I’m non-partisan — as far as politics goes

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I have no defense. They’re right — I did indeed publicly (and privately, in the voting booth) support those devil-spawned Democrat candidates. I’ll take my punishment like a man — no more Republican caucuses for me! Continue Reading I’m non-partisan — as far as politics goes

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A few humble suggestions for utilities

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In common with every other homeowner in Colorado Springs, I got the usual nasty little January surprise in the mail a few days ago — my utility bill.
It was bad. Really bad. So bad that I thought briefly about relocating to a place with a mild, equable climate, where the temperature year-round ranges between, say, 65 and 80 degrees — neither too hot nor too cold. Goodbye furnace, goodbye air conditioner, goodbye utility bills. Continue Reading A few humble suggestions for utilities

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Growth takes root in boom-bust cycles

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By the late 1940s, the Colorado Springs economy was at a crossroads.
The establishment of Camp Carson had led to a brief spurt of prosperity during World War II, but much of the wartime military establishment had melted away. There were scarcely 600 soldiers stationed at Camp Carson, and local leaders feared that it might be closed. Continue Reading Growth takes root in boom-bust cycles

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Colorado Springs is, unlike Denver or Pueblo, an artificial city.
Pueblo began as a trading post, and, thanks to east-west rail and nearby deposits of coal and iron, became an industrial city — the Pittsburgh of the Rocky Mountains.
Denver, located at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the Platte River, was a natural site for settlement. Beginning in 1858, when the first settlers arrived, the city grew rapidly and haphazardly. Continue Reading After fast start, Springs’ growth took a breather

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Springs doesn’t have bubble to burst

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And if foreclosures continue to mount, we may see a repeat of the disasters of the late 1980s — a local economic slowdown combined with a glut of housing inventory — which, if history’s any guide, means a Wal-Mart moment … Watch for Falling Prices! Continue Reading Springs doesn’t have bubble to burst

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