Stories tagged Colorado

Jun
29
2009

It's only a squirt gun: Wait—what am I saying, "only"?
It's only a squirt gun: Wait—what am I saying, "only"?Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Gone are the heady days of the devil-may-care Raindrop Kid, and the infamous Morning Dew Gang. (Not to be confused with the morning dugong, which I believe is just an early-rising manitee-like creature.)

Yessir, the iron fisted rule of the rain barons is over, and the good people of Colorado can now legally gather rainwater.

Colorado is thirsty country, and they’ve got some serious laws regarding water rights. The folks who own flowing and standing water have wanted to make sure that no one tapped into their supply—precipitation in this case—and so it has been illegal to, say, put a bucket under your gutters and water your garden with it.

A 2007 study, however, showed that something like 97 percent of falling water in the Denver area never made it anywhere near a stream (it all either evaporated, or was quickly absorbed my plants), and so whoever owned water rights to a stream didn’t have much to complain about.

Taking this into consideration alongside the growing population of the region, and shrinking water supplies, state government decided to allow people to gather and use the water falling on their homes—so long as they have a permit. So if you’re dead set on maintaining that outlaw freedom, I suppose you could always just use a rain barrel without a permit. Yee-haw.

There have been several confirmed sightings of an African lion on the loose in the rural areas about 30 miles outside of Colorado Springs. A local "big cat" sanctuary reports all of its lions are present and accounted for. This link can take to you links with photos that people have snapped of the Colorado interloper.

Jan
16
2008

Cold, and proud of it: The communities of International Falls, Minn., and Fraser, Colo., will soon be squaring off in court over who owns the rights to the nickname "Ice Box of the Nation."
Cold, and proud of it: The communities of International Falls, Minn., and Fraser, Colo., will soon be squaring off in court over who owns the rights to the nickname "Ice Box of the Nation."Courtesy pbo31
The meteorologists are prepping us Minnesotans for our coldest blast of the winter season in the coming days.

But things are heating up in court for two towns that want to be know as the “Ice Box of the Nation.”

I’ve always thought International Falls as being the place of that distinctive honor as our meteorologists have been hammered us with those words of decades. Officially, International Falls has made that claim since 1948.

Now along comes Fraser, Colorado, which has been using the same slogan since 1956. It slapped a lawsuit on International Falls for using the same terminology. International Falls did the good old American thing when faced with such a situation, found a lawyer and filed a counter-suit against Fraser.

And this isn’t the first time the communities have squared off in court. Fraser settled a suit with International Falls in 1986 by dropping its claim to “Ice Box of the Nation” in exchange for $2,000. But International Falls forgot to renew its trademark privileges in 1996 and Fraser seized that opportunity to get the trademarked slogan.

Now it’s back to court for the communities.

But why do lawyers and judges have to get involved? Can’t science prove this once and for all? Can’t the thermometers of International Falls and Fraser prove without a doubt which site is colder? Whichever one comes up a little bit warmer could be dubbed the “Thermos of the Nation.”