Officials Hope Remote-Controlled Avalanches on Lizard Head Pass Will Help Keep Vital Byway Open During Snow Slide Season
A new Swiss-designed avalanche control system on the pass southwest of Telluride aims to make it safer for crews to trigger slides. The remote-controlled system uses elevated towers to drop ordnance on snow-loaded slopes.
Many people take hot and cold running water and a flush toilet for granted. But for some residents of the Navajo Nation, it’s a luxury they don’t get to enjoy at home. Now, several organizations are trying to bridge what’s known as the “water gap.”
The rains are welcome but may not be enough to help ease the drought. The Climate Prediction Center’s 3-6 month predictions call for warmer and drier than normal conditions.
Studies show that seven in 10 people on rural tribal lands do not have access to broadband internet. The lack of connection is especially dangerous during a pandemic. I spoke with Darrah Blackwater about her efforts to bring better broadband to Native lands.
A new law in Colorado aims to make it easier to start community solar gardens. Sunshare CEO David Amster-Olszewski talked to me about how it will level the playing field for solar energy generation.
Bee season is here. They’re browsing for pollen and swarming. I checked in with a Colorado beekeeper about how to ensure that their populations stay healthy.
The area around the monument is one of the darkest places in the U.S. Now it’s been officially recognized for its lack of light pollution, and that’s drawing people eager for a look at the heavens.
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Naturalist Director Jim Kravitz remembers its mascot golden eagle, which passed away recently.
Mental health for men is the focus of this year’s Let’s Talk Colorado Campaign. The coalition of more than 20 health organizations has an emphasis this year on the unique challenges men face with mental health.
An interview with adventurer and author Craig Childs. His latest book, Apocalyptic Planet: A Field Guide to the Planet Earth, is about how the earth is falling apart. And always has been.
Astronomy tourists are taking in public telescope viewing programs at many major observatories, while just a few feet away, the professionals are making major discoveries.
Copper mining in Arizona is a tale of both fortune and failure. A look at the past, present and future of an industry at the crossroads.
It takes years to cast a large telescope mirror at theSteward Observatory Mirror Lab. But the race to build ever larger “eyes” is leading to new discoveries in astronomy.
Wildland firefighters are highly trained. So are the people who supervise them. One group gathers in Tucson each year to create a simulated fire and learn how to manage crews, evacuations and equipment.
Light pollution has made finding the Big Dipper almost impossible for some, as humanity seeks to illuminate more of the world. What does it mean for people to lose their connection to the night sky? A new documentary explores our need for light and our desire to see the heavens.
Earthquakes are on the rise in the Southwest. Geologists use a network of sensors to profile where temblors are happening.
The stately, pink building that houses the Benedictine Monastery in Tucson attracts a lot of attention. So do the solar panels erected in the parking lot. The nuns of the 75-year-old monastery say going solar has saved them money and electricity. And conservation is in keeping with their sacred mission.
The National Weather Service’s Tucson office is an electrified place on a busy monsoon afternoon. Forecasters scramble to track storm cells on radar screens, check stream gauges for runoff levels, and issue warnings on possible downstream flooding. They even watch the storms from a second-floor window.
The California condor almost went extinct before a re-introduction effort began. They’re thriving again in two states, including Arizona. But advocates warn that lead poisoning continues to threaten the birds of prey.
Forestry scientists at Northern Arizona University have figured out how to anger a bark beetle. By making them listen to themselves. It could be a new way to control one of the West’s worst pests.