Durango Lodgers Tax Increase
Addressing concern that the proposed increase to the Durango lodgers tax would make the city less appealing to tourists, Wade Litt, assistant professor of Economics, says other cities that introduced similar increases did not see substantial declines in tourism. In an interview with The Durango Herald, Litt said, "Given that we're already below the Colorado averages...it’s not going to make us the most expensive city. Definitely not by a long shot."
Heidi Steltzer studies alpine plants to understand drought
Mountain plants tell many stories, according to Heidi Steltzer, professor of Environment & Sustainability and Biology. As part of a team studying alpine plants in Crested Butte, Colorado, she used the plants' biomass, height, water in their leaves, and the nutrients they hold to tell the story of water usage and increasing drought in the area.
Julie Korb helped install cast iron stoves into homes in Nepal
Julie Korb, professor of Biology, felt the impact of smoky summers during the Missionary Ridge and 416 fires, but when she visited Nepal in 2019, she saw that locals were experiencing that kind of poor air quality in their homes every day. With the help of a nonprofit, Korb helped install cast iron stoves into homes to alleviate the smoke, significantly improving the health of villagers.
Avalanches are more dangerous during the pandemic because people are bored - Sue Kraus
Avalanches have always posed a threat to backcountry skiers, but with the added desire for activity amidst a pandemic, the risk is greater. "Being outdoors and distanced may feel safe compared to other activities,” says Sue Kraus, professor of Psychology. However, she notes that our definition of what activities are safe has changed drastically.
Professor of Philosophy Sarah Roberts-Cady discusses John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice
Professor of Philosophy Sarah Roberts-Cady discusses John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice, and how he views the project of understanding and addressing real-world injustices as collaborative and interdisciplinary for philosophers, politicians, and everyday citizens alike.