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4 CO dealers offering discounts on 7 electric vehicles through 6-30-17

rEV Your Engines ­ Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The Electric Vehicle Sales EVent is at the staring line. Four Colorado auto dealers have stepped up to offer discounts on seven models of electric vehicles (EVs) during the regional sales program taking place April 1 through June 30, 2017. In this 90-day window, interested […]

Yampa Valley Electric Association offers Cen$ible Energy rebates for a third year

Article adapted from Steamboat Today, written by Sasha Nelson Craig — Yampa Valley Electric Association is offering residential and small business members Cen$ible energy rebates for a third consecutive year. “In addition to reducing energy use and utility bills across the YVEA territory, the first two years of the program supported local businesses and vendors with […]

Colorado is now top state for electric car rebates

From the Washington Post What’s the best place in the country to buy a new electric car? That honor arguably goes to Colorado, where the legislature just passed a bill that, starting in 2017, will effectively give consumers a $5,000 discount at the dealership. Once the new law goes into effect, it replaces the existing one offering […]

Every Day is Earth Day

Article adapted from the Steamboat Pilot’s Community Agriculture Alliance Column Written by Cameron Hawkins and Larisa Woycio, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Since Earth Day always falls during our season-ending spring break week, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is dedicating a month to celebrate “Every Day is Earth Day” and raise awareness of local sustainability efforts.  April […]

Why Urban Trees Are So Important

From Sierra Club magazine Trees cover an estimated 20.9 million acres of urban land in the continental United States. That’s 3,659 square feet of urban forest per city dweller—about the size of a not-so-modest four-bedroom house. But like housing, trees are not equally distributed across American cities. Studies have shown that there is a higher […]

The Trees are Thriving

  Steamboat Springs — If I had to guess how many thousands of buckets of water the Service Learning Corps and Community Youth Corps students carried this summer to water the seedlings planted as part of ReTree Steamboat, I would say at least 5,000. And because of all those buckets, I can report the trees are […]

Stagecoach State Park Tree Planting a Success

The second planting for Retree Steamboat 2013 happened May 22nd, in Stagecoach State Park, with amazing sun filled skies, and 14 wonderful volunteers. Stagecoach, located in Routt County, is in great need of trees due to the amount of wide open space surrounding the existing reservoir. This treeless area creates high winds and very hot temperatures […]

An update from Spare the Air Campaign

Aaaahhh, breathe in the smell of vehicle exhaust on a crisp Colorado morning! WAIT! COUGH…COUGH…Wouldn’t you rather enjoy the smell of coffee and breakfast, or just fresh air? The local Spare the Air educational campaign – sponsored by many organizations and businesses ranging from the city to county to hospital – encourages you to limit […]

What you didn’t know about idling… with “Spare the Air”

For as long as locals can remember, vehicle idling has been acceptable.  For one, it warms up the car’s engine and interior in the winter; whether diesel or not, that is universally considered OK, surprisingly an urban myth.  Myth 2:   idling using less gas than the ignition pumping gas into the engine.  Myth 3: diesel […]