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Durango Lodgers Tax Increase

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

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 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.

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