Denver is chosen as one of America’s greenest cities

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Denver, CO

by Brandy Zadrozny

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A lot has changed in the 44 years since the first Earth Day, when 20 million people rallied across the country to bring awareness to environmental issues such as oil spills, pollution, and the extinction of wildlife. Now Earth Day advocates have added climate change to their campaign.

 

As more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, it’s the environmental initiatives

Eco-conscious residents: 58.3%

Non-eco-conscious residents: 13.7%

Recycling-conscious residents: 65.3%

Public transportation trips per capita in 2013: 138.5

Energy efficient buildings per 1,000 residents: 0.2

USFS releases summer expansion on Breckenridge mountains

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USFS releases summer expansion on Breckneridge mountains

After years of debate, the U.S.Forest Service has released it’s policy on summer development.
Soon you’ll be able to travel a zip line at 12,000 feet that is (at times) hundreds of feet off the ground and travels at 35-35 miles an hour. Your be able to hire a naturalist, by foot or jeep, and learn about the flora and fauna, and why the Indians burned down the trees on Peak 10, over 100 years ago. Of the 40,000 acres of White River National Forest, only 6% is under lease to ski areas. You’ll be seeing more mountain bike use, and more national and international mountain bike competitions.

Now if we could only find a way to make the perfect summers of Summit County longer. I guess climate change can help.

For my generation, the tech world is as much a burden as it is a blessing. Now Heartbleed!

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For my generation, the tech world is as much a burden as it is a blessing. Now Heartbleed!

Here are some ideas about how protect yourself

ZDNet’s Heartbleed worldwide coverage
Heartbleed’s lesson: Passwords must die
With the multitudes of accounts we have to deal with for email, social networking and other applications that require password authentication, we need a better solution.

Worried about Heartbleed? LastPass’ Security Check has you covered
LastPass has updated its built-in Security Check so that you can now easily see which sites require you to update your passwords to be safe from possible Heartbleed attacks.

How the NSA shot itself in the foot by denying prior knowledge of Heartbleed vulnerability
In admitting it didn’t know about a massive security flaw in one of the Web’s most used encryption libraries, the NSA inadvertently revealed a massive institutional failure.

CloudFlare keys snatched using Heartbleed
CloudFlare’s analysis Friday that Heartbleed may not be able to recover private keys turns out to be wrong. Two candidates recovered the keys from their challenge server.

SANS warns end users against Heartbleed patch panic
While Heartbleed client-side attacks are possible, the SANS Institute warns that home users rushing to patch are more at risk of falling for scams — but change passwords regardless.

Private keys may be inaccessible to Heartbleed
[UPDATED] Research by CloudFlare indicates that Heartbleed can be used to obtain contents of server memory, but not private keys.

Before Heartbleed: Worst vulnerabilities ever?
There have been some pretty bad vulnerabilities before Heartbleed. Is it really any more severe than CodeRed or Blaster?

Android fragmentation turning devices into a toxic hellstew of vulnerabilities
With vulnerabilities such as Heartbleed and Pileup likely to go unpatched on tens, if not hundreds of millions of Android devices, the platform is fast becoming a toxic hellstew that should send chills down the spines of IT admins.

Apple’s iOS, OS X don’t have Heartbleed bug but BBM for iOS and Android do
Apple iOS and OS X devices aren’t affected by the Heartbleed bug, but BlackBerry’s BBM and Secure Work Spaces are — and the company says it lacks a fix for the issue.

Heartbleed’s engineer: It was an ‘accident’
The programmer responsible for code leading to Heartbleed says the flaw was accidental, despite its catastrophic consequences.

Heartbleed soul-search: regulation proposed for critical crypto code
Sophos’ James Lyne delivers an impassioned speech on how we got to the point Heartbleed was possible and why we shouldn’t be surprised it happened.

Lagging Android devices vulnerable to Heartbleed
Lack of patches and upgrade paths for Android is leaving devices vulnerable to Heartbleed exploits, security researchers from the SANS Institute and Sophos have said.

How to protect yourself in Heartbleed’s aftershocks
The companies know what to do about Heartbleed now. Here’s what you, as an individual, need to do now.

Cisco, Juniper products affected by Heartbleed
[UPDATE] Many networking products, including hardware, also run OpenSSL, the critical software component with a severe information disclosure vulnerability.

Does our vote still count?

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Does our vote still count?

Back in July 2008, I felt very full of gloom & doom when the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are like people when it comes to making campaign donations. With the top 1% Having more money combined than the rest of the 99%, and now the latest ruling that there is no limit on how much they can contribute, perhaps we should just elect the 2 Koch brothers president and vice president, and get back to the business of running the USA, instead of trying to run out the president we elected twice. I for one feel helpless.

Spring? Not with 15-18″ of Fresh light snow this morning. It’s a skiers heaven

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Spring? Not with 15-18

This week was so nice (of course I no longer ski and enjoy 55 degree days with dry sidewalks). That’s what we had most of the week, but yesterday about noon it started to snow, by dinner time it was a white out, and this morning it was 15-18″ of fresh light powder. In most ski towns, snow this late in the season is like lead, but this is the advantage of being at 9,600 feet above sea level. It should be a great Easter, and hiding eggs is the snow is really fun.

The Bud Light Concert Series starts April 11

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The Bud Light Concert Series starts April 11

The Bud Light Concert Series features four concert days of big-name acts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons over the next two weekends. All concerts will be FREE to the public and will take place on a specially-constructed stage facing One Ski Hill Place, a RockResort, at the base of Peak 8, starting at 2 p.m. on each concert date.

The full line-up of this week’s Spring Fever events is as follows:

Friday, April 11
The Third 5’ til 5’ Terrain Park Happy Hour
Head to the park every Friday afternoon during Spring Fever from 2 p.m.-5 p.m., where the 5 Chair will run late until 5 p.m.! This means extra access to some great spring park laps- plus music and free hot dogs! Skiers and riders can compete in jam style contest where competitors can win season passes, GoPros and other great prizes. Test out your skills and get ready for some fun in the sun!

Saturday, April 12
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Known for such hits as “Go Daddy-O,” “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby),” and “Mr. Pinstripe Suit,” and their appearance at the Super Bowl XXXIII halftime show in 1999, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy remind the world that it’s still cool to swing, big band style. Their high-energy nine-piece ensemble continues the party and urges their millions of fans worldwide to shake and move to their inimitable grooves while also expanding their horizons with new musical inspiration and influence.

Imperial Challenge
The 2014 Imperial Challenge…the most unique pseudo-triathlon anywhere returns to Breck this weekend. RUN or RIDE your bike six miles from the Breckenridge Recreaction Center to the base of Peak 8 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort. ASCEND on your choice of gear to either the top of the T Bar (Sport Course 2500’) or to the tippy top of Peak 8 (Expert Course 3000’). DESCEND to the base of Peak 8 and the finish! Visit http://www.mavsports.comfor registration and details.

Sunday, April 13
The Gin Blossoms–The Grammy-nominated group, with their blend of Pop & Rock, became a musical force that helped define the sound of 90’s radio. With massive hits like “Follow You Down,” “Til I Hear It From You,” and “Hey Jealousy,” they took the airwaves by siege and held MTV hostage with multi cross-over hits in four different radio formats. After a series of charting singles, the band broke up in 1997. They reunited in 2002 and released a fourth album, Major Lodge Victory, in 2006, and a fifth, No Chocolate Cake, in 2010.

Concerts coming up next weekend…

Friday, April 18
Yonder Mountain String Band– This Colorado native foursome has always played music by their own set of rules. Blending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences that the band cites, Yonder has pioneered a sound of their own. With their traditional lineup of instruments, the band may look like a traditional bluegrass band at first glance, but they’ve created their own music that transcends any genre, as evidenced by their legions of loyal fans from the Centennial State and beyond.

Saturday, April 19
Blues Traveler– One of the world’s legendary jam bands, Blues Traveler have released a total of nine studio albums, four of which have gone gold, three platinum, and one six-times platinum. Over the course of their illustrious career, Blues Traveler have sold more than 10 million combined units worldwide, played over 2,000 live shows in front of more than 30 million people, and with their hit song “Run-Around” had the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history, which earned them a Grammy®.

Other Breck Spring Fever 2014 signature events will include:
· 5’ til 5’ Terrain Park Happy Hour events on Friday afternoons via the 5 Chair lift
· Extended Gondola operating hours
· Easter egg hunts both on the mountain and in-town
· A sunrise Easter service at TenMile Station
· The Spring Series International Ski Federation Super G & Giant Slalom Races
· Extended week of skiing with a closing day luau on April 27, 2014

A heads up on the Twin Tunnels in Idaho Springs

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A heads up on the Twin Tunnels in Idaho Springs

We lived at a slower pace last year, while they blasted the east bore of the twin tunnels at Idaho Springs, and since they had already built the access road, a decision has been made, that although the funds for widening the west bound portion of the road is not yet available, CDOT will save a bundle, if they go ahead and widen the westbound bore hole to accommodate 3 lanes, while they have the equipment and workforce in place. The process started in April 1st. Before you set out onto I 70 between here and Denver, in either direction, you might want to check http://www.coloradodot.info first and plan your trip accordingly.