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Tue May 26, 2015

We Never Think That Much About The Electrical Grid - Until It Fails

The huge, steel transmission towers carrying power to the North Country of New York collapsed under the weight of the ice during the Ice Storm of 1998.
courtesy of Hydro Quebec

If you peer behind an electrical plug in your house, you'll find a massive network of transmission lines, power plants and a whole army of people bringing power to the socket in real-time, 24 hours a day.

The power grid is the largest machine in the world. Most of the time it operates invisibly, in the background, but when it fails, it often does so memorably. To most people, those outages seem like isolated events, but when you look at the trend, they're not.

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Tue May 26, 2015

Additional Water Savings Likely Addition To State Water Plan

An aerial view of the Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Lake Granby. Lake Granby is part of a system that transports water from the Western Slope to communities on the Front Range.
Doc Searls Flickr-Creative Commons

Colorado's water plan will probably include additional conservation measures from cities and industrial users. That's what members of the state's Interbasin Compact Committee agreed to at a meeting May 20.

The specifics are still being worked out, but the added conservation could save 400,000 acre-feet of water. That’s nearly three times the capacity of Horsetooth Reservoir, outside Fort Collins.

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Mon May 25, 2015


Sat May 23, 2015
marc on the blues

Elvin Bishop Is Having A Year To Cherish

Seminal Chicago Blues guitarist Elvin Bishop was a giant before 2015, but now he has risen even higher in the Blues pantheon.

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Sat May 23, 2015

CDOT Approves $1 Million for the Southwest Chief

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 1:41 pm

Amtrak's Southwest Chief travels from Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.
Steve Wilson Flickr - Creative Commons

The Colorado Department of Transportation Commission voted unanimously to approve $1 million to help preserve the Southwest Chief rail line in southern Colorado. It's part of a route that stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The aging track needs major upgrades or Amtrak will have to reroute the line out of Colorado and parts of New Mexico and Kansas. The train stops in Lamar, La Junta and Trinidad, in southeastern Colorado.

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