Morning photo: River’s edge

Ice magic! FRISCO — Cruising along the edge of local waterways on these frosty winter mornings always yields a few surprises, like the incredibly delicate latticeworks of ice frost on display in this set. A steady source of moisture, combined with sudden changes in temperature and sunshine, create dynamic landscapes that can change from day […]

More fracking woes in southwest Colorado

BLM rejects request for orderly master leasing plan The BLM’s new management plan for the Tres Rios area is spurring criticism. By Bob Berwyn FRISCO — Residents and elected officials in southwest Colorado say a new management plan for a vast swath of public lands in the region favors oil and gas companies over community […]

Forest Service finalizes national snowmobile rules

Snowmobiles at Vail Pass, Colorado. New policy requires designation of motorized winter use Staff Report FRISCO — With the recent huge growth in motorized winter sports, the Forest Service has been behind the curve in managing public lands, but last month, the agency released its final policy for managing snowmobile and other “over-snow” vehicle use. […]

South Academy revitalization starts with improvements study

By Contributing Writer The city of Colorado Springs recently kicked off the next step in its efforts to revitalize the South Academy Boulevard Corridor. A Planning and Environmental Linkages Study is underway for the Hancock Expressway and Academy Boulevard intersection.  The project team, citizens and stakeholders are in the process of identifying existing conditions and […]

Temple Grandin to speak in Springs

By Cameron Moix World-renowned scientist, author and autism-awareness advocate Temple Grandin will speak this Friday at a conference in Colorado Springs, according to Springs-based nonprofit Cheyenne Village. Grandin will discuss the challenges she has faced as someone with autism and share her insights into dealing with the disorder to improve quality of life, according to […]

Hormones, horsepower and heat

By Marija B. Vader Ross McDonald addresses a group of investors at an event of the Cascade Investment Group. Three things investors need to be attentive to for some time to come: hormones; horsepower; and heat. The three Hs were outlined last week at a Cascade Investment Group lunch-and-learn presentation by Ross McDonald of American […]

Make more little plans

I hesitate to state that Colorado Springs should think smaller, however I wonder sometimes if that’s exactly what we need. This goes against conventional planning wisdom, and the celebrated architect/urban designer Daniel Burnham‘s statement, “make no little plans.” Perhaps smaller, more incremental steps are the answer for today. Perhaps, a lot of people making smaller […]

Merchant of Venus: A tongue-in-cheek universe of glittering possibility

click to enlarge Having a friend buy a copy of a complex, meaty game, digest the rules and play-test it before you sit down for the first time is a boon. I don’t know that I would have been able to enjoy the involved and sprawling Merchant of Venus quite as much without my friends doing […]

Netflix Picks: Upstream Color

click to enlarge Screenshot For better or worse, Upstream Color is opaque in its storytelling. Director/writer/producer/composer/actor/editor Shane Carruth feels no need to explain why things are happening. He thinks you’re an intelligent viewer and doesn’t dumb his story down for you to figure things out. Carruth shows everything you need to recognize why the things happening […]

Coin Toss: Which Colorado basketball team has a better chance to win its Pac-12 tournament?

Coors Event Center reaches 10,000 attendance when CU took on UCLA on Jan. 2, 2015. (Nigel Amstock/CU Independent) Up and down seasons for the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the University of Colorado have left both teams under .500 heading into the final weeks of their respective seasons, and the Pac-12 tournament right around […]

Colorado women’s basketball picks up road win in Tucson

Senior Jasmine Sborov reads a play during a home women’s basketball game at the Coors Events Center. (Robert Hylton/CU Independent) Colorado women’s basketball won its second straight game when it defeated Arizona in Tucson Friday night 66-51. The win moves the Buffs (13-15, 6-11) into a tie with Washington State for eighth place in the […]

Obama, Netanyahu on collision course 6 years in the making

Click photo to enlarge WASHINGTON (AP) — For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies. The coming weeks will put the relationship between their countries, which […]

Boulder limits heights on new buildings for 2 years, but carves out some exceptions

The moratorium on building-height modifications in most of Boulder passed early Friday morning by the City Council was met with a mix of relief, confusion and determination to wrest more “community benefit” from future development when the two-year prohibition expires. Rejecting the much more restrictive ordinance put forward by the Planning Board, the Boulder City […]

Fund honors Aaron Tuneberg through Boulder bike-repair classes

Aaron Tuneberg Memorial Fund Proceeds will be used to support people living with disabilities in the community. For more information about the fund or to donate, visit aaronsfund.com. Donations can also be made by mail to Aaron’s Fund, Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, 1123 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302. Soon after the tragic death of […]

Coffee shop on Lafayette’s Simpson Street aims to create a buzz

East Simpson Coffee Co. East Simpson Coffee Co., 414 E. Simpson St., is open 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit eastsimpsoncoffee.com. Simpson Street was Lafayette’s bustling thoroughfare decades ago, but now the quiet street is home to only a handful […]

Longmont, Boulder County fleet managers keep an eye on gas prices

As previous plummeting gas prices start to creep back up, fleet managers for cities and counties will be hedging their bets on how to best keep the fleet running cheaply. For the city of Longmont, the city of Boulder, Boulder County, the city of Lafayette and other area governments, fuel for everything from firetrucks to […]

Dino Martinez sentenced to life without parole after murder conviction in Longmont stabbing

A Boulder County jury deliberated for about 12 hours total on Thursday and Friday before convicting Secundino “Dino” Martinez of one count each of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault. Martinez was immediately sentenced to life plus 36 years by District Judge Andrew Macdonald. Defense attorneys asked for immediate sentencing and […]

Longmont locks in 40-acre deal near Button Rock

The city of Longmont is in the process of buying a 40-acre parcel of land north of Ralph Price Reservoir from a private owner. The parcel of land, sandwiched between U.S. Forest Service property and other privately owned properties, is valuable to the city because city leaders want to be able to manage the land […]

All things alpaca at Boulder County Fairgrounds

The Boulder County Fairgrounds are packed with alpacas this weekend for what’s billed as an “Alpaca Extravaganza,” putting the exotic creatures in the spotlight to the delight of people of all ages. The weekend is built around a slew of educational activities, hands-on experiences and demonstrations. Also on tap are arts and crafts utilizing alpaca […]

All things alpaca at Boulder County Fairgrounds

The Boulder County Fairgrounds are packed with alpacas this weekend for what’s billed as an “Alpaca Extravaganza,” putting the exotic creatures in the spotlight to the delight of people of all ages. The weekend is built around a slew of educational activities, hands-on experiences and demonstrations. Also on tap are arts and crafts utilizing alpaca […]

Boulder County cities see 2014 sales tax gains

As the economy forged forward and up, municipal coffers around Boulder County were fed healthy doses of additional revenue last year. New developments and businesses in Lafayette gave a double-digit boost to that east county city’s tax revenue while the new industry of retail marijuana provided a tiny lift to the already booming Boulder, which […]

February falls shy of Boulder’s all-time snow record, but another storm is en route

Boulder just had its snowiest February ever — and it wasn’t close — but the city ultimately fell short of the all-time record for snow in any month. The National Weather Service ends its daily tallies at 5 p.m., and as of that point Saturday, Boulder’s total accumulation for the month stood at 54.6 inches. […]

From the editorial advisory board: Fossil fuel divestment

This week’s question: What’s your take on the campaign to persuade CU and other public institutions to divest their holdings in fossil-fuel companies? 350.org, promoter of Global Divestment Day, claims that “if it is wrong to wreck the climate, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage.” Morally, I agree completely, but as a […]

Editorial: Redefining environmentalism

The polarization produced by Boulder’s current debate over the pace of development leaves the two sides with one thing in common: Both claim to represent a silent majority of Boulder residents. In the absence of reliable data on sentiment, these claims are just political rhetoric. But this much seems undeniable: The two sides represent very […]

Huge one-off music fest could set stage for future Salida events

Salida on Monday will announce the musical acts anchoring a two-day festival that could lure 35,000 concertgoers to town — more than double the population of Chaffee County. Planning for the still-unnamed festival started with a phone call last fall from Gov. John Hickenlooper, who asked Salida Mayor Jim Dickson if the city would consider […]

Boulder native’s online writing incites Egypt attacks

A Denver woman cringes as she reads the virulent messages her son has written online from his new home in Istanbul — statements that are accused of helping incite a string of bombings in Egypt, targeting American businesses including KFC restaurants. “Based on the quotes he’s saying, it’s troubling. This is not what I would […]

Builders Appliance Center bought by Virginia plumbing wholesaler

Ken Jensen, CEO and president of Denver-based Builders Appliance Center. Caitlin Hendee Digital Producer / Social Engagement Manager- Denver Business Journal Email Builders Appliance Center LLC (BAC), a family-owned appliance dealer, has been acquired by Newport News, Virginia-based Ferguson Enterprises, a large wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies. Terms of the deal were […]

BNSF Railway plans $141 million spending program in Colorado

A BNSF Railway Company train loaded with coal stops for a crew change at a railway station in La Junta, Colorado. Cathy Proctor Reporter- Denver Business Journal Email  |  Facebook  |  Twitter BNSF Railway Co., one of two main freight railroads in Colorado, will spend about $141 million for maintenance and improvement projects in the […]

Colorado center for manufacturing lands $1.6 million federal grant

Manufacturer’s Edge Cathy Proctor Reporter- Denver Business Journal Email  |  Facebook  |  Twitter Manufacturer’s Edge, a program that helps small and midsize manufacturing companies in Colorado stay in business, will get a $1,668,359 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Manufacturer’s Edge (formerly known as the Colorado Association […]