Boulder City Council decided last night to make a big buy — they’ll put up about $4 million, in addition to $1.18 million in federal stimulus money, to replace the 73-year-old hydroelectric turbine in Boulder Canyon.
Apparently, the turbine would have kicked the bucket in about five years without an upgrade. Read more
Boulder’s looking at upgrading its aging hydroelectric turbine in Boulder Canyon, but even with a federal discount, it would cost the city about $4 million. That debate breaks down into a pretty easy-to-understand $4-ish million now or probably $5.2-ish million later — and City Council will address that tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 6 p.m. Read more
Ever hear about this one? Probably not, but it is kind of a nice reminder of a simpler time in Boulder:
The symmetrical spruce, with evenly formed and dense branches that tapered from base to tip, was a destination stop for generations of sightseers until the old grand dame of the forest died and fell over in the 1990s.
Road builders, in 1871, probably were the first to view the tree when they pushed their way through the steep canyon walls to construct a one-lane dirt road between Boulder and Nederland. Even then, the stately spruce was estimated to have been more than 200 years old.
A Camera reporter of the era described the tree as “a touch of perfection–of the ideal that all men seek for but that all do not attain.” Meanwhile, horse-drawn freight wagons threw up dust as they hauled out silver ore from the mountain town of Caribou and then returned from Boulder with supplies.
Read more of the “perfect tree’s” history — and what may be its current resting spot on the forest floor — from Silvia Pettem.