Author: Casey Malon

Tiny Homes

Photos Courtesy THE NTERWEB   Big ideas sprout about tiny (and affordable) homes. The Tiny House industry has been growing significantly over the last few years, and, I have to admit, I am a fan!  The simplistic, pared-down lifestyle appeals to many, from millennials to empty nesters across the country and around the world. With the housing challenges we face in Grand County, some are looking at the Tiny House revolution as a potential solution to the housing challenges in the coming years.   Tiny homes come in various forms; from permanent, small dwellings set atop a concrete plat...

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Drones Here To Stay

Photos Courtesy of FAA.gov   The use of drone technology has been steadily expanding across commercial, scientific and recreational fields, with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) ranging from aerial photography, surveying, search & rescue operations and surveillance. Drones are lightweight, low-cost, require little training to operate, and, from an environmental perspective, they use no fuel, so it’s easy to see why drones have rapidly swarmed into the mainstream markets. But what does all of this mean for the environment? Could drones be used to support low-carbon, resource-efficient business models? A number of different studies have been performed...

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Start Of Fire Season Demands Caution

The increasingly dry conditions around the state have prompted messages from the Grand County Sheriff’s office, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest Service and East Grand Fire Protection District in the past week, and, a red flag warning was just issued on Tuesday. With the Fourth of July fast approaching, it’s a good reminder of the greatest natural (and often preventable) disaster we face in the high country. The Grand County Sheriff’s Office focused on the fact that Wildfire Prevention Season is here! Their call to action is “Are you prepared? Do you have “defensible space” around your home...

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