As executive director of the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, Lloyd Athearn has been visiting the state’s biggest mountains lately. Quandary Peak last week, Mount Democrat the week before, Mount Shavano the week before that.The snow has been surprising — “far more than we usually see this time of year,” he says.A less surprising sight?Butt tracks.“People are doing it,” Athearn says.“It” being glissading, the not-uncommon way of descending peaks via posterior. If a snowfield presents itself, why not save time and wear and tear on the knees by sliding? So the thinking goes.And the thinking might be more prevalent this summiting season, which begins quite unlike most in recent memory.“Anybody out hiking this year, probably right up through mid-August, is probably gonna encounter a lot more snow than years past,” says Dougald MacDonald with the Golden-based American Alpine Club. “For sure, that temptation will be … [Read more...] about The butt-first way down snowy Colorado 14ers — but is it safe?
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There is certainly no shortage of festivals to keep you occupied over the next several months. Whatever your passion, whether it be beer, music, food, art, donkeys or balloons, there's a festival out there for you.With this extensive list of different fiestas, carnivals and jamborees in the state, there's really no excuse not to get out out of the house and enjoy the summer.• Cortez — Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival: Lectures, tours, bird-themed art show and more. May 8-12, Cortez.• Fountain — Americana Spring Fling: Drag racing, music, auto racing and more. May 10-11, Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain.• Northglenn — Food Truck Carnival: Music, food, rides and more. May 10-12, Northglenn.• Colorado Springs — Cruisin' the Gods: BBQ, music and car show. May 11, Bird Dog BBQ, Colorado Springs. Arts & Entertainment July 4 celebrations throughout Colorado Carlotta Olson • Colorado Springs … [Read more...] about 483 fun summer events throughout Colorado
There is certainly no shortage of festivals to keep you occupied over the next several months. Whatever your passion, whether it be beer, music, food, art, donkeys or balloons, there's a festival out there for you.With this extensive list of different fiestas, carnivals and jamborees in the state, there's really no excuse not to get out out of the house and enjoy the summer.• Carbondale — 5 Point Film Festival: More than 50 films. April 25-28, Community Recreation Center, Carbondale; carbondale.com/events.• Karval — Mountain Plover Festival: A celebration of the plover. April 26-28, Karval.• Greenwood Village — Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival: April 28: Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village.• Trinidad — Southwest Chief Bicycle and Comedy Festival: Bicycles and laughs. May 2-5, Trinidad.• Cañon City — Music and Blossom Festival: Music, parade and more. May 3-5, Cañon City. Arts … [Read more...] about 486 fun summer events throughout Colorado
Colorado is on track to join 11 other states and the District of Columbia in attempting to decree that the winner of the popular vote nationally — not the candidate who captures the Electoral College — will be the victor in future presidential races.Senate Bill 42, proposed by Sen. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, would change how Colorado's electors, the people who actually choose our presidents, cast their votes every four years.While Republican lawmakers may oppose the change, they are in the minority in the state House and Senate. And, with a Democratic governor, passage seems assured.Colorado's electors now cast their votes for the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in the state. Under SB 42, the state's electoral votes would be cast for whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote, regardless of who wins Colorado's popular vote.In 1996, for example, Colorado electors voted for Republican Bob Dole because he won the state's popular vote over … [Read more...] about Does Colorado need a new way to pick presidents?
Frigid weather is expected to stick around this week after a snowstorm hit the Pikes Peak region, bringing high winds with up to a half-foot of snow, snarling roads, prompting dozens of closures and claiming a life.A man covered in a blanket was found dead just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on a bus stop bench at Austin Bluffs Parkway and North Academy Boulevard.The man's identity and cause of death were not released but there were no signs of foul play, police said.Police could not say whether the man was homeless but said he was on the bench in heavy clothing and wrapped in a blanket. +25 Reader-submitted snowstorm photos from Jan. 22, 2019Temperatures overnight dropped to 21 degrees at the Colorado Springs Airport and gusts of up to 61 mph and sustained winds of 46 mph plummeted wind chills to as low as 1 degree, the National Weather Service in Pueblo reported.By mid-afternoon Tuesday, temperatures crept to 27 degrees — the day's high — with a wind chill of 11 degrees.All … [Read more...] about Storm snarls Colorado Springs roads, closes schools, claims man’s life