Even as oil spread across vast areas of the Gulf of Mexico, Summit Voice reported on efforts to tighten up regulations for oil and gas drilling in Colorado. PHOTO COURTESY NASA.
New medical marijuana regs, lift ticket taxes and global warming made the news last week
SUMMIT COUNTY — In a busy news week, we reported how a lender guideline letter from Fannie Mae might affect a local loan program aimed at financing energy efficiency improvements: Lender guidelines may hamper energy upgrade loans.
In our ongoing coverage of global warming, we took a look at three major new studies released by federal science agencies, re-affirming the basic scientific conclusions, calling for action to reduce greenhouse gases and suggesting adaptation strategies for the coming changes, including sea level rise: Three major climate change studies released.
Our other major global warming story was about a recent set of Congressional hearings held to discuss politically motivated attacks on climate scientists: Climate science as political ‘contact sport.’
We also took a look at how a new state law governing medical marijuana could trigger a scramble to develop new local regulations, as well as a rush for licenses before a one-year moratorium starts July 1: New regs to affect Summit County’s cannabis caregivers.
In a related story, the Breckenridge Town Council will consider a special marijuana tax at an upcoming retreat. The council will discuss a possible lift ticket tax at the same May 25 session: Breckenridge town council eyes lift ticket, cannabis taxes.
The latest waterblog featured poetry, information about Lake Powell and links to stories about a ‘right-to-float’ bill that sank in the State Legislature: The waterblog: Haikus, Lake Powell and the right to float.
Two stories covered oil and gas drilling here in Colorado. Even as all eyes are transfixed by the scope of the disastrous Gulf oil spill, federal agencies said they will tighten rules for onshore drilling: More review, fewer loopholes for onshore drilling. And those changes won’t come soon enough for a North Park ranching family that has been dealing with ineffective enforcement and monitoring of existing rules: Oil woes at North Park’s Hell Creek Ranch.
Marking International Biodiversity Day, we reported on the worldwide Bioblitz, held to raise awareness about the global biodiversity crisis. In Colorado, 75 species are listed as threatened or endangered, and across the U.S. there are 330 species in line for the designation under the Endangered Species Act: BioBlitz!
Our weekly travel feature was a guest piece from mountaineer and canyon explorer Stan Wagon, who took us on a trek to some secret arches near Grand Junction: Sunday travel: Arch hunting in Colorado.
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