A Look at the Nation: Even those who know Congress best are shaking their heads

RBC I I had the good fortune last week to spend some time in Washington, D.C. with about a dozen former members of Congress. As you’d expect, we got to talking about the current Congress. Very quickly it turned out that the same question was troubling all of us: Why is it held in such […]

To better educate next generation, reinvent the classroom

RBC I Quick! Pop quiz! More education funding plus smaller class sizes equals better test scores, right? Wrong. Foreign students outperform Americans on numerous tests: literacy, math, technological knowledge, even everyday skills.

Can food hubs help to boost Colorado’s rural farming economies?

RBC I Dan Hobbs farms 30 acres of land east of Pueblo, Colo. For years, he spent weekends traveling hours to farmers markets to sell his produce, always losing a day in the fields and returning home with leftover vegetables that didn’t sell.

Looking at the West: What about Utah’s Wasatch ski resorts?

RBC I On a ski tour of the backcountry in Utah’s Wasatch Range in the early 1970s, a small group of skiers were at Gad Valley, near the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, contemplating the drop onto an untouched slope, when a man at the bottom of the run waved them away. Thinking perhaps they […]

What’s Up Out West: Someday, bikes and strollers in the wilderness

RBC I It hasn’t happened yet, but one day, bicycles and baby strollers will be welcome in wilderness areas. That’s the goal of the non-profit Sustainable Trails Coalition, which seeks to permit other forms of human-powered trail travel in wilderness areas, besides just walking.

A Look at the Nation: A good energy bill would be a boost to country’s strength

RBC I Let’s be honest: The future of the U.S. economy is bleak. A new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicts that the U.S. economy will grow only 2 percent this year, a downward revision of the already anemic 2.4 percent growth predicted late last year.

A Look At the Government: Transparency and accountability needed in government

RBC I Over more than three decades in Congress, I had the chance to question a lot of federal officials. Most of the time I wasn’t after anything dramatic; I just wanted to understand who was responsible for certain decisions. Want to know how often I got a straight answer? Almost never.

Highs and lows of Colorado town pushing heritage tourism

Three weeks ago, it was tough to spot any newborn calves in Rio Blanco County. Now, however, even though it is still March for a couple more days, calves can easily be counted in all directions from the lower valleys up toward the mountains east of Meeker.

RBC I Steve Wooten stands on a low ridge overlooking the Purgatoire River and the yellowed grass and red rock of southeastern Colorado’s canyon country. His family, which first settled here in 1929, now runs about 300 cows on 27,000 public and private acres of shortgrass prairie spiked with cholla cactus.

Americans should say ‘no’ to new oil taxes

RBC I Americans today are relieved to be paying less than $2 for a gallon of gas. President Obama, though, thinks that’s just not enough.

A Look at the News: Who killed the XL Pipeline?

RBC I On Earth Day 2014, a group of farmers, ranchers and Native Americans who live along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route marched and rode horseback through Washington, D.C., wearing cowboy hats and feather headdresses. On the National Mall, they erected tipis and held ceremonies; a couple of days later, they gave a hand-painted […]

What lies ahead for the nation, world on climate change?

RBC I Well, before the final negotiations of the COP21 climate talks in Paris, business was already making a big difference on the ground. For the first time, superstar entrepreneurs showed up with plans to fund major initiatives.

Will a new comprehensive plan be the solution to the state’s water problems?

RBC I On Nov. 19, Colorado’s first state water plan arrived on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk. The final document is the product of discussions that began more than a decade ago in every corner of the state about how to use—and protect— Colorado’s rivers, lakes and aquifers.