Drilling the Land of the Ancients

Oil and gas drilling on state lands within view of the Chaco Canyon visitor’s center continues to be a significant threat, according to the the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.

How Aspen Skiing Co. became a power company

The strange, improbable deal united vastly different partners — one that mines black coal and another that sells holidays on white snow. The partners come from opposite ends of America’s political divide, but they agree it’s good to put an otherwise wasted resource to use.

Pushing the reset button on city’s Canary Initiative

It’s been one month since Ashley Perl became the new director of the city of Aspen’s Canary Initiative, and she plans to breathe new life into the little yellow bird. From its inception in 2005, the program has aimed to reduce the Aspen community’s carbon footprint. The Canary name likens Aspen’s role as a mountain town in an age of climate change to the canary in the mineshaft, warning miners of danger. Perl, a five-year veteran of the city’s environmental health and sustainability department (where the Canary office is now located), plans to broaden the Canary mission from reducing greenhouse gas emissions to also preparing the city and the region for the realities of climate change. The 30-year-old Perl refers to this new, related mission as “resiliency planning” or “preparedness planning.”

“We’ll continue to reduce greenhouse gases but we also need to realize that we need to prepare for a different future because of greenhouse gases,” Perl said.