In 1922, Colorado and six other western states, signed the Colorado River Compact, which along with a 1944 treaty with Mexico, the 1948 Upper Colorado River Compact and several federal laws and Supreme Court decisions comprise the “Law of the River.”
The Law of the River governs all uses of the water in the Colorado River. It determines who may divert its waters, where its waters are stored, where they are used and how disputes must be settled. Continue Reading Compact based on leaky logic
Stream gauges have only been in use for a century. To understand earlier conditions on the Colorado River, scientists study ancient tree rings.
Paleoclimatologists at the University of Arizona discovered an epic megadrought that lasted for more than six decades during the mid-1100s. The drought was remarkable because of the absence of very wet years, and might well have created the conditions that led the Anasazi to abandon Mesa Verde. Continue Reading Warmer temperatures, less rainfall equal less water
Utility companies throughout Colorado offer customers incentives to encourage the installation of photovoltaic solar electric generating systems.
Typically, such systems consist of linked arrays of solar cells which produce electricity from sunlight. When the array is linked to the regional electrical grid, the customer becomes a producer of electricity, as well as a consumer, receiving credit for surplus power produced during daylight hours. Continue Reading Solar power not credited equally
The history of the American West is written not in blood, but in water. Without imported water, Colorado Springs, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix would have remained as they were during the early years of the 20th century — pleasant, sleepy backwaters, footnotes to a larger history. Continue Reading One river, so little waterContinue reading …
The tax burden for residents of the Pikes Peak region is remarkably low and housing is relatively affordable, but the suicide rate is double the national average and incidents of domestic violence have more than quadrupled since 2001.
Those statistics are just some of the highlights contained in the Pikes Peak United Way’s “Quality of Life Indicators for the Pikes Peak Region” report, which was released yesterday and focused on nine areas, including economic, social, environmental, and cultural indices, as well as transportation and public safety. Continue Reading Indicators show good quality of life
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again. Because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, he who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt Continue Reading Here’s to hoping we haven’t been too timid or too coldContinue reading …
The city is seeking $1 million annually from a new Pikes Peak concessionaire, but will the increased revenue make a difference?
Past performance suggests that it will not.
During 2007, the city projected operating revenue from tolls and concessions of $2,708,069 — and estimated operating expenses at exactly the same number. Continue Reading Additional revenue might not make a difference
The men and women who serve as the eyes and ears of our leaders should be informed, dispassionate, smart and thoroughly familiar with both Iraq and the Middle East. Continue Reading Finding the right info is not that toughContinue reading …
Fifteen years ago, the Colorado Springs City Council voted to replace the Carle family, who had been the concessionaires on Pikes Peak for 99 years, with a national firm, ARA Services.
ARA, which has since changed its name to Aramark, won the contract with a bid that was substantially higher than any other. Not only would the city’s yearly revenue from the peak almost double, to $500,000, but ARA also would invest $1 million in the peak’s aging infrastructure. At the time, city leaders believed that the mountain environment would be dramatically improved and that a new summit house would be erected in time for the new millennium. Continue Reading City seeking to make ‘peak’ pay off
Built in 1964, the Pikes Peak Summit House is too small to handle the half million visitors it receives each summer.
In addition, improper thermodynamic engineering during construction has triggered a melting of the permafrost, resulting in an uneven and unpredictable sinking of the building. By 1992, its foundation was so compromised that the structure had to be supported by dozens of heavy-duty jacks. Continue Reading America’s Mountain looks more like a junk yard