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Dispatch from the Front Lines of the European Refugee Crisis

By Samantha Wright | 12/1/2015
Maciek Nabrdalik, internationally acclaimed photographer with VII Photo Agency, is traveling from Poland to Telluride this week for the next installment of the San Juan Independent’s Visiting Journalist Program, bringing images and stories from the front lines of the European refugee crisis.

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Is Recycling Dead in Telluride?

By Alec Jacobson | 11/24/15
Studies show that the energy consumed by a recycling plant versus one that produces the same materials from virgin materials is typically lower and the green house gas emissions are generally less, but the full recycling process – from your home to a sorting facility to a processing plant to a market – can reduce and even reverse that benefit.

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Fortune Minerals Defaults on Revenue Silver Mine Debt

By Samantha Wright | 7/10/15

The fate of the Revenue silver mine near Ouray remains unclear this week, following last Friday’s announcement that the mine’s Canadian owner, Fortune Minerals Limited has defaulted on a $35 million metal prepay agreement with its major financing partner.

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Ouray’s Beetle Scourge (and Its Silver Lining)

By Samantha Wright | 7/8/15
Recent aerial detection surveys conducted by the U.S. Forest Service show vast blobs of white fir beetle-kill all around Ouray. Those blobs have grown significantly over the past two years since the last time such surveys were conducted.