Controversy over Denver Water’s Gross Reservoir expansion offers a glimpse into water woes in the West

Raising the 55-year-old dam near Boulder is essential to keep a stable water supply in a changing climate, utility says. Residents insist conservation could be just as effective. Tucked out of view in the foothills southwest of Boulder, Gross Reservoir is a mountain oasis surrounded by pine trees, alpine flora and chattering wildlife. On a…

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Limerick: Introducing two heroes — Kendrick Castillo and Roger Boisjoly — who need no introduction

For weeks, I have been wishing that I could introduce Kendrick Castillo to Roger Boisjoly. But the irreversibility of human mortality has made this an impossible dream. Nonetheless, it is a dream I invite you to share. Kendrick Castillo died on May 7, 2019, at the age of 18. He was the aspiring engineer who…

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Limerick: Mark Kennedy needs CU’s “official fool” to speak the truth and offer comic relief. Send me in.

The hiring of Mark Kennedy as CU’s new president unleashed a flood of questions. Strangely, one unique feature of this university never received a moment’s attention: Did the “official university fool” play a role in designing and implementing the recruiting, appraising, vetting, and appointing of the new leader? Any explanation of the fool’s presence or…

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Limerick: Small-town discretion an important lesson for us all

“Treat every place as if it were a small town.” This advice comes from Kate Klonick, a professor who teaches courses in information privacy at St. Johns University. She crafted that sentence to warn people against disclosing private information in public places where we think we are unobserved. But add just seven more words, and…

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Limerick: Let’s get things rolling like a bus on the Boulder Turnpike in a snowstorm

Joe Amon, The Denver Post – A motorist tries to find purchase on a very slippery road to push a stuck car near the Speer Blvd entrance to I-25 as a heavy snow fall hit during the lunch hour in Downtown Denver Feb. 6, 2019, in Denver. On the morning of Monday, January 28,  snowfall…

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