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Guster’s Gardner looks to green the music industry, one tour at...

If there’s any industry as environmentally conflicted as the Colorado ski business, it's the music industry. The carbon-spewing luxury hotels and sidewalk snowmelt systems that characterize the ski business here depend entirely on Colorado continuing to be cold and snowy place. And enormously wasteful plastic-cup concert venues and gas-guzzling tour buses mock the politics of green-minded musicians. Adam Gardner of Guster is out to impact the carbon footprint of both industries this weekend when he brings his Reverb music-industry-greening organization to Vail for the annual Snow Daze music festival, which officially kicks off the new ski season.

Ritter flips switch on multi-year wind power study

Governor Ritter flipped the switch on the new Siemens Energy 2.3 megawatt turbine at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Wind Technology Center yesterday....

Aspen cycling politics: On the budding Armstrong-Ritter ‘bromance’

Only in Aspen, where liberal political bickering has been elevated to an art form, could a proposed day to honor cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong devolve into name calling and too-cool-for-school disinterest.

Early Bird Special: Wirth warns natural gas industry against missing train

Here are some of the items around Colorado that caught our attention today: • Former U.S. Sen. Tim Wirth urged the natural gas industry to...

Tweet of the Week: Colorado leads nation out of recession

tweet-recession When do economists predict this good news will happen in the Centennial State? Look below the fold.

The 2009 groundhog prediction guide

© Copyright 2009 Joe Heller - All Rights Reserved Click the image to see the full-size cartoon. What does Punxsutawney Phil have in store for us this year?

Denver Post, 5280 magazine among nominees for GLAAD media awards

The Denver Post and 5280 magazine were among publications nominated for this year's Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards, Westword media critic Michael Roberts reports. The Post got the nod in the "Outstanding Newspaper, Overall Coverage" category. 5280 Executive Editor Maxamillian Potter is one of five nominees for "Best Magazine Article" for his March 2008 article, "Second Nature."

NORAD reports Santa Claus clears Arctic airspace early Christmas Eve

Following a tradition started during the height of the Cold War, the military organization responsible for securing North American airspace turned its attention on Christmas Eve to tracking Santa Claus as he makes his way from an undisclosed North Pole location to chimneys across the world. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), based in Colorado Springs, reported Wednesday that the rosy-cheeked gift-bearer had a successful launch and was making his anticipated rounds. NORAD — motto: "Deter. Detect. Defend." — uses radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets to keep track of the jolly elf and his reindeer-driven sleigh.

Former state Sen. Casey celebrates Christmas with good sex advice

They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. Case in point: Lloyd Casey, the oldest first-time elected state senator from Colorado when he entered office in 1993, and the first politician in the country to introduce a bill to re-legalize industrial hemp. Now 85, Casey’s moved to Dublin, Ohio, but he’s back with a Christmas present in the form of a book that dispenses such valuable sex education advice as “Stay off the hard liquor and keep your pecker in your pants."

Centennial grad is Rhodes Scholar, plans studies in medical anthropology

Yale senior Jarrad Aguirre, a 2005 graduate of Arapahoe High School, learned Sunday he won a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to pay for two years' study at Oxford University. The Colorado native is majoring in molecular, cellular and developmental biology and plans to work toward a degree in medical anthropology and another in global health science at Oxford, according to the Yale Daily News.