Tag: Colorado

Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Truck

The Toyota Hilux pickup truck first hit the streets in 1968, shoving aside flimsier trucks based on the Corona and Crown within a few years. While the Hilux (or “Hylux”) name got a bit of marketing use by Toyota in North America, this truck was known here as, simply, the Truck. I found this well-worn-but-unrusted […]

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Mountains Aren’t Just for Skiing

Snow hiking is growing in popularity as a wintertime sport globally. Alta Badia ski resort, in Italy’s Dolomites region, saw 50,000 snow hikers in the winter of 2017- 18, compared with 30,000 the previous winter, according to the local tourist board. Companies that offer snow hiking excursions also report a rise in business: Discover Banff […]

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This Guy Got Attacked by a Mountain Lion and Killed It with His Bare Hands

Imagine this: You’re out for a pleasant, casual jog in the Colorado mountains, sucking down deep breaths of crisp pine-scented air, staring out at the grassy foothills, when suddenly you hear a strange sound behind you. It’s getting louder, getting nearer, as if something (or someone) is closing in on you. You turn around, and […]

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Junkyard Find: 1992 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic

Jaguar XJ40s are so plentiful in U-Wrench-It yards that I don’t even notice them as I wander around searching for the elusive Suzuki Equator (no luck there, yet). In fact, none of the Jags I’ve photographed prior to today’s Junkyard Find have been XJ40s, but we’ve got a one-of-121-built super-rarity here in Denver: a genuine […]

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Tough Times Along the Colorado River

Last month hundreds of Western water managers, farmers and scientists gathered at a conference with state, federal and tribal officials in Las Vegas, where they heard a sobering address about the Colorado River. The crowd knew the situation was grim. But it was up to Colby Pellegrino, the director of water resources at the Southern […]

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Salesforce Ventures: 65% of our U.S. investments were outside Silicon Valley in 2018

Some of the biggest Heartland success stories in recent years, from Utah’s Qualtrics to Indiana’s ExactTarget, have been enterprise software companies. Middle America has a high concentration of Fortune 5000 companies, giving these startups crucial proximity to necessary customers while being able to keep costs low by operating in a cheaper part of the country. […]

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Why the Hell Is This Subdivision Still Named ‘Swastika Acres’?

For the past 111 years, a seemingly innocuous subdivision in a Denver suburb has been afflicted by a truly, truly shitty name: Swastika Acres. But at long last, it looks like the city is finally getting around to changing it, the Denver Post reports. According to the Post, the roughly 50-home subdivision in Cherry Hills […]

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Colorado Mandates Electric Vehicle Sales, State Dealers Association Angry

The State of Colorado will be the next territory in the United States to join California in embracing electric vehicles. Democratic Governor Jared Polis has signed an executive order (his very first) proposing that the zero-emission vehicle rule be enacted no later than May of 2019. The rule would require automakers to sell more electric […]

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Junkyard Find: 1999 Ford Contour SVT

Over the decades since the 1960s, the Detroit car companies have tried their best to make dollars selling their Euro-market cars in North America, with varying degrees of success. Ford did tolerably well with the Capri and Fiesta over here, then raked in little American-market income with the Merkur XR4Ti and got bombed, Dresden-style, with Merkur […]

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Colorado’s Got a Gay Governor. Who Cares?

BOULDER, COLO. — On Tuesday, the first openly gay man elected governor in American history was sworn in, his partner at his side. It was a vision of progress captured in its unfurling: a milestone celebrated by those who saw themselves represented, even as it was also accepted by others as a matter of unremarkable […]

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Junkyard Find: 1953 Pontiac Chieftain sedan

More pre-1960 vehicles than one might think show up in the big U-Wrench wrecking yards; you won’t find a ’55 Chevy coupe, but I’ve seen Nash Metropolitans, a ’55 Buick, a ’49 Dodge, a ’58 Edsel, a ’53 Willys, and a ’50 Studebaker in recent years, and that’s just a small sampling. Today’s Junkyard Treasure […]

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Forget the Carbon Tax for Now

PARIS — The angry graffiti have been blasted off the Arc de Triomphe with water jets, leaving unnaturally white patches scarring the base of France’s national monument. The husks of incinerated cars have been cleared from the streets, the glass from shattered store windows swept up. The government has taken steps to appease the demonstrators, […]

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Cut Carbon Through Innovation, Not Regulation

Leaders from nearly 200 countries met in Katowice, Poland, last week and agreed to rules to carry out the Paris climate accord. Now that the 22,000 delegates have returned home, there are three truths they need to recognize to make actual progress in the hard work of lowering carbon dioxide emissions across the globe. The […]

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2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison First Drive – Boulder-Bashing at a Price

How much would you pay for a midsize truck that was just as capable off-road as Ford’s full-size Raptor? I am not asking about a Ranger Raptor, since that seems unlikely to be sold here for the moment. So if you want to boulder-bash in size medium, it’s either the Toyota store or the Chevy […]

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Junkyard Find: 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

GM shrank its B-Body full-sized models for the 1977 model year, including the massive-selling Chevrolet Caprice/Impala. This proved a wise move in light of certain geopolitical events a couple of years later, and the 1977-1979 full-sized Chevrolet coupes got a cool “fastback” wraparound rear glass treatment. Here is such a car, spotted in a Denver […]

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Junkyard Find: 1984 Dodge Ram 150 Royal SE with Slant-Six engine

Can you imagine buying a new full-size Detroit pickup truck with the top luxury trim package and less than 100 horsepower? In 2018, such a truck would be smashed to bits by angry mobs, were it to appear in a showroom, but this half-ton pickup with 95 Slant-Six horses, four-on-the-floor manual transmission, and the Royal […]

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