Colorado: Mapping project shows potential for huge fracking impacts in Arapahoe County

Oil and gas development is ‘not all puppies and flowers’

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Is fracking coming to your Arapahoe County neighborhood?

Staff Report

FRISCO — If the next wave of fracking in Colorado sweeps toward Arapahoe County, residents will be able to better inform themselves about potential drilling sites and impacts to schools and neighborhoods thanks to a new mapping project. The maps identify areas that are leased for fossil fuel exploitation, showing where they overlap with residential areas, and where there’s potential for impacts. Continue reading

Morning photo: Sunrise, sunset …

It doesn’t get any better!


FRISCO —So we don’t have the Aurora Borealis here in Colorado, at least not on a regular basis, though there are rumors that the famed lights can be dimly spotted during some of the most powerful solar storm episodes. But we do have our own version of sky glow that comes when atmospheric conditions are just right and we experienced that a few nights ago when the colors were so vivid that you could feel the vibrations. This set includes two images from Thursday’s sunset, as well as a couple of other shots from the past few months, both at dawn and dusk. All of the highlight the exceptional quality of mountain light. For daily updates follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Jared Polis to serve on House Resources Committee

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Congressman Jared Polis.

Colorado lawmaker expected to be a pro-environment voice on a panel led conservative Republicans who often undermine federal efforts to manage public lands on the behalf of all Americans

Staff Report

FRISCO — A languishing proposal to create new wilderness areas in the Colorado mountains may get a boost in Congress this year, as U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02) joins the House Natural Resources Committee.

In the last two years, the committee has been a bastion of anti-government rhetoric, in some cases considering bills that would significantly weaken protection for natural resources and public lands. As a member of the minority, Polis won’t be able to get any meaningful legislation passed on his own, but his pro-environmental voice will be a welcome addition for public lands advocates. Continue reading

Morning photo: Sky set

Feeling the light …


FRISCO — I gathered  up a set of images, mostly from autumn, showing how the sky sometimes comes so alive that you can literally feel the energy of the colors. Even though these images were captured a few months ago, I can still remember the bracing, invigorating feeling of being outside on these stunning mornings and evenings, recharging my soul and and renewing my respect for the mountains. For daily updates follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Summer edits …

Road trip revisited

FRISCO — Oh, the amazing Dr. Seuss colors you can create when you have an incredible digital darkroom like an iPhone at your fingertips! All of these images are highly filtered and stylized to emphasize the intense summer roadtrip vibe during a climate-reporting journey to Southern Colorado this summer. For daily updates follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Sunday set

Rambling …


FRISCO —A handful of shots from Saturday evening and Sunday morning here in Summit County. A short walk on Swan Mountain last night made me realize it’s one of the areas where, from certain vantage points, you can see far south, nearly to Hoosier Pass along the Tenmile Range; to the east, looking at Grays and Torreys, north up the Lower Blue Valley, and west, to the Gore Range. I think that’s what inspired me to revisit a favorite spot along Ute Pass Road, trying to make the best (light-wise) of a murky morning. But dawn patrol is always nice! For daily updates follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.

Morning photo: Aglow!

Crepuscular light …


FRISCO —Last night’s sunset over Summit County was extraordinary, with an afterglow that illuminated the wave cloud over the crest of the Rockies long after the sun dropped below the horizon, and captured in the panoramic image in this set. We’ve also included a few other shots taken during that crepuscular time of day, when you’re not really sure exactly where the light is coming from, but with a little bit of imagination, you can imagine the rays from the sun bending through various layers of the Earth’s atmosphere to refract different parts of the spectrum.

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