Vegas Seven

Colorado

  • Dispatch

    In Colorado, a Cautionary Tale Writ in Flames

    By David Staton

    Shortly after the Waldo Canyon Fire began west of Colorado Springs on June 22, evacuees—some 32,000 as the threat grew—and commentators began to play the blame game. Who, or what, started this?

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    Fracking the Colorado Myth

    By David Staton

    In the shadows of the Rocky Mountain foothills, the St. Vrain Creek meanders eight miles east to Sandstone Ranch. Bike and pedestrian paths wind past lush parks, the county fairgrounds, wildlife habitats and ballfields. Here, less than 20 miles from downtown Boulder, all is serene—and quintessentially Colorado. But tension lies beneath the surface. Tension and natural gas. TOP Operating, an oil and gas exploration and production company based in nearby Lakewood, Colo., owns the mineral rights that lie beneath Sandstone Ranch. And it plans to drill.

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    In Small-Town Colorado, a Team With Brass

    By David Staton

    It’s 7 a.m. in the northern Colorado town of Lyons, population 1,585. The heat has not yet seized the day, and the Lyons Senior High School Football team is holding an “optional” team workout. The familiar funk of teen sweat and the drone of this generation’s soundtrack—guttural, bass-heavy nu-metal—careen sidelong through the weight room.

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    A Can-Do Culture

    By David Staton

    Here’s a tip for beer lovers: Next time you land at Denver International Airport, get in a car and head north. The Front Range looms on your left as you pass the strip malls and big-box stores, the bedroom communities, the Republic of Boulder. After 44 miles, you’ll be in Longmont, Colo., where Sal in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road slumbered in a verdant patch at a roadside gas station. Off the boulevard (there’s just one), hard by the tracks, follow the gray ribbon past schools into an ashy industrial area. A single red door marks your destination.

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