LPEA tempering recent news of a rate hike with the announcement that it will reduce the cost of green power by 25 percent starting next year

Durango Mountain Resort snow-making and grooming crews working around the clock to deliver top-to-bottom skiing for opening day, despite little cooperation from Mother Nature

Recent news that Colorado’s jobless rate dropped again in October, adding another 8,800 people to the work force, for a total of 30,000 new jobs in 2011

The 2011-12 ski season already off to a tragic and inauspicious start, with 50 reported human-triggered avalanches in Colorado, one out-of-bounds death in Utah and two deaths on Colorado ski resort slopes

Local politics mirroring the national stalemate with two out of three county commissioners deciding to scrap the Comprehensive Plan as well as the thousands of hours and dollars that went into it

Blatant, heavy-handed abuse of peaceful Occupy Wall Street protestors by trigger-happy, tear gas-wielding police as evidenced in video footage and personal accounts