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Thar’s gold in them thar Silverton hills; lead, zinc and a...

In 2001 when Aaron Brill was gearing up to open his extreme skiing mecca of Silverton Mountain, gold was selling for $250 an ounce and the upper Animas River was meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aquatic life standards. Now gold is pushing $2,000 an ounce and three of four trout species no longer can live in the upper Animas because of acid drainage from abandoned gold mines north of Silverton.

Thinking of Buying American? Think Again

Winona Muldoon decided to buy American this Christmas. It proved nearly impossible. The Denver-area woman spent hours in big retail stores where she could...