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Ask Eartha: What are some green building techniques for an energy-efficient home?

July 20, 2017 — Dear Eartha, I'm building a house this summer and want to be sure that I'm incorporating green building techniques and energy efficiency into the project. What construction products and methods should I be considering as I start down this road? Dan, Silverthorne Thank you for […]

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Littwin: The real story of the failed Obamacare repeal (column)

July 19, 2017 — The great lie of the long-running Obamacare debate has officially been revealed. The reason Republicans spent seven years without offering their own health care plan is that they don't have one, they've never had one, and, the way it looks, they never will have one. […]

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Holbrook: Breckenridge wildfire stokes deeper fears (column)

July 19, 2017 — I have a new part-time job, and it is close enough to where I live that I can ride my bike to work. The bicycle that I have is a black, old-style bike with upright handlebars and a wide seat. Riding it down the dirt […]

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Mountain Law: Colorado law may impose liability for interfering with a contract (column)

July 18, 2017 — Back in the mid-1800s, Johanna Wagner, a renowned opera singer and niece of the composer, was under exclusive contract with Benjamin Lumley to sing opera at Her Majesty's Theatre on the West End. Frederick Gye, who ran the rival Covenant Garden Theatre, induced Wagner to […]

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Liddick: A moment of truth from Senator Toomey (column)

July 17, 2017 — Finally, thank God, a politician who isn't afraid to tell the truth. Or maybe he was just taken by surprise and blurted it out without thinking. Whichever is the case, praise for Pennsylvania's Senator Pat Toomey, whose honesty cut through months of analytical nonsense about […]

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Purcell: Americans in need of a vacation (column)

July 16, 2017 — Boy, I could use a vacation about now — like millions of other hardworking Americans. According to a recent study by the U.S. Travel Association's Project Time Off, 54 percent of American employees ended 2016 with unused time off — a total of about 662 […]

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Hensley: Some Wyoming trekkers blunder into the 19th century (column)

July 15, 2017 — Visiting friends last summer in Atlantic City, a tiny town at the foot of Wyoming's Wind River Mountains, I heard the locals discussing a different kind of tourist they see on the street. The visitors are hikers and bicyclists seeking a break from their months-long […]

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Biff America: A healthy diet and hungry eyes

July 15, 2017 — If the fabric of her shorts and tank top cost $2 dollars a square inch, I'm guessing her entire outfit retailed for about 30 bucks. My observation is by no means meant as a criticism or judgement; if I were young and fit, and in […]

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Walking Our Faith: It takes a lifetime to enrich one’s faith (column)

July 14, 2017 — I covered the table with linen the color of the ocean visible beyond the wide swath of beach outside our window. With a nod to the beach, I scattered seashells down the center of the table, adding little white tea lights which caused the crystal […]

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Mountain Wheels: Ram 3500 takes care of business

July 14, 2017 — Does omnipotence sound like your driving aspiration? Hauling horse trailers? Mixing in traffic or hitting drive-thrus with the posture of a Peterbilt tractor-trailer rig? How about hauling up an 8 percent highway grade at 85 MPH, despite carrying the length and mass of a regional […]

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Ask Eartha: Are there any connections between wildfires and climate change?

July 13, 2017 — Dear Eartha, With two wildfires in Summit this past week, several more burning across the state and a June that was drier than average, are there any connections between wildfires and climate change? Liz, Frisco Thanks for your question this week, Liz. It's an important […]

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Gardner: Things to consider before applying for a mortgage (column)

July 11, 2017 — It is summer — that time of the year to soak up the sun and enjoy glorious days of perfect weather. Engaging in outdoor activities, taking vacations and finding things to do for the kids are all part of the season. It is also the […]

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Liddick: The myth of a successful single-payer system (column)

July 10, 2017 — As Capitol Hill Democrats and their useful fools in the Republican majority continue to slither toward the catastrophe of single-payer health care, those squirming and panting for joy should pause a moment to consider the story of Charlie Gard. Charlie is an 11-month-old profoundly ill […]

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Purcell: Today’s kids need a taste of 1970s summertime

July 9, 2017 — Ah, summer is upon us. That means the media are publishing a spate of articles that offer tips to parents on how to make their kids go outside and play — some of the articles encourage parents to let their kids experience a 1970s childhood. […]

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Biff America: Saving skis and goldfish (column)

July 8, 2017 — My thanks and much respect goes out to the men and women whose dedication, skills and bravery help keep us safe. Bill ruined it for everybody. My mate and I were sitting in lawn chairs watching 200-foot flames burn the forest across the valley. Along […]

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Walking Our Faith: Where your treasure is, so is your heart

July 7, 2017 — As I left for the airport on Wednesday, my phone suddenly lit up with messages from friends asking if I was OK, if I was in the way of the fire, if my dogs needed a place to stay. As the airport shuttle made its […]

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Hey Spike! rounds up a bunch of Fourth of July names

July 7, 2017 — It was another wonderfully jam-packed Fourth of July on The Summit — as usual — with a slate-full of parades, concerts, fireworks and family gatherings. Spike! spent much of the weekend in Breckenridge at the 34th July Art Festival produced by The Cunninghams, Dick and […]

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Ask Eartha: What to consider when planning a zero-waste event

July 6, 2017 — Dear Eartha, I'm putting together a picnic for a local group of about 50 people and would like to make our event zero waste. What are some of the things I need to consider? -Patty, Breckenridge These days, it's hard to make events zero waste. […]

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Van Manen: Threat of wildfire a clear manifestation of global climate change (column)

July 4, 2017 — I am living in the "in-between." Last October, a major wind-driven wildfire raced through a part of my small southern Colorado community. The town's several hundred households were evacuated. Eight families lost their homes. Just days after that fire was contained, another windstorm knocked over […]

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Liddick: The real meaning of American independence (column)

July 3, 2017 — Every so often, one must shout "Enough!" Today is that day. Today is a good day to remember that this nation was founded to protect human freedom, not to provide health care, food or shelter paid for by others. It was created not to offer […]

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