Posts Tagged ‘gas’

2014 Volkswagen Turbo Beetle R-Line

I remember the first time I laid eyes on a Volkswagen Beetle, in Grant, Nebraska in about 1963.  A young man in town named Charlie Brixius had purchased a used one (perhaps a 1959), and made quite a splash driving it up and down Main Street over and over.  We all did that back then […]

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2014 Subaru Crosstrek XV AWD Hybrid by Stu Wright

 Last week my wife and I drove a Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid to Vail.   In the past I have tested several Subarus, none with as stunning a paint job as the Touring edition that was brought to the house prior to the trip.  The color was called Plasma Green Pearl metallic, and I became  fond of […]

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2014 Chevrolet Volt Sedan Review by Stu Wright

This past week I had the pleasure of testing out a new 2014 Chevy Volt four-door sedan.  The Volt came in White Diamond Tricoat – a pearlescent  white paint job, which is a very popular color for this model vehicle.  The Volt is a version of the Chevrolet Cruze, but dressier with fancier mirrors, extra […]

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Ignorance is bliss- Stupid is expensive

by Craig Masters It may be time to admit stupid people are not only irritating, but they are becoming too expensive to tip-toe around so we don’t hurt their feelings. The time has come to recognize that being tolerant of programs and practices born of stupidity or ignorance is simply too expensive for the world […]

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Congress challenges EPA over wind power “free pass to kill eagles”

By Jack Minor –   House Republicans are seeking information on whether the Obama administration is once again choosing which laws to enforce or not by granting what are essentially waivers to wind energy farms to kill eagles while fining oil and gas companies for similar deaths.   Forbes reported that on March 11, a […]

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No bull: Now Obama wants to regulate cow flatulence

By Jack Minor—   What was once the staple of late night comedy and bad movies is now becoming a reality as the Obama administration is bowing to pressure from environmentalist groups and plans to require dairy farmers to prevent their cows from “passing gas.”   The issue at hand involves the extent to which […]

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2013 Volkswagen Passat SE FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The Volkswagen automobile manufacturing company, founded in 1937 by the German Labor Front, involved production of an inexpensive car for the German common man, and included state-sponsored financing (“five marks a week you must put aside, if in your own car you want to ride”).  Until then Germans could typically only afford motorcycles, but with […]

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The Rant – All Obama’s Got Is Hope

by Mike McCune —   President Obama wrote an autobiography The Audacity of Hope. Maybe he should have read the book with a critical review.   Even though he’s been President of the United States for 4 years and nearly nine months, he still talks like hope is the end-all for his tenure and not […]

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Russia claims 100 page document reveals rebels behind gas attacks

McClatchey -Russia says it has compiled a 100-page report detailing what it says is evidence that Syrian rebels, not forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, were behind a deadly sarin gas attack in an Aleppo suburb earlier this year.   In a statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website late Wednesday. Russia said the […]

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid FWD Limited

 The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been on sale in America for about 18 months, and shares its drive train and some design elements with the KIA Optima Hybrid.  The two cars combine to occupy second place (in America) in hybrid sales to Toyota’s Prius.  The Hyundai has more conventional styling than a Prius, and in […]

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The World asks, “Will Obama finish the job his rebels haven’t?”

by Craig Masters After another speech of questionable truths, Obama plays a round of golf, and the world braces for an expanding war – perhaps the worst yet. Why? Is this Obama’s game plan for one world government with him as a major player? Will Israel use nukes to go down in a blaze of […]

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Evidence points to Syrian gas attack being caused by US allies

WND – As the U.S. considers a response to what it calls a chemical weapon attack by Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime that killed hundreds of civilians, reliable Middle Eastern sources say they have evidence the culprits actually were the rebel forces trying to take over the government. Secretary of State John Kerry accused the Assad […]

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Weld commissioners listen to residents, put 51st state issue on ballot

Striking a defiant tone against critics who have called them foolish, crybabies and other names, Weld County commissioners in Colorado voted unanimously to let the state’s residents vote on whether to pursue the idea of becoming the 51st state.   “The concerns of rural Coloradans have been ignored for years,” Bill Garcia, chairman of the […]

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The “F-bomb” hit U$ again

by Craig Masters With the Constitution relegated to no more than a footnote in today’s ‘common core’ curriculum textbooks, it might seem out of date to mention another specific example of the Obama administration czars trampling all over our budgets from their perch high above what used to be the law. However, for the sake […]

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Conservationists, oil and gas officials come together on safety concerns

Greeley Tribune — The us-versus-them debate is over, and it’s time to deliver a new message to an ever-skeptical public about the safety of oil and gas drilling in Colorado, officials said Wednesday at the Rocky Mountain Energy Forum. “It’s dead, it’s unproductive, its boring, it’s lazy, it’s over,” said Tisha Schuller, president and CEO […]

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U.S. poised to Increase Energy Exports

by Craig Masters Middle East energy market analysts have reviewed several major reports of world energy watchers and their predictions are being reported – but not yet by the Obama administration. According to reports distributed in the Middle East and Europe by Agence Global, the shale gas industry is about to change the alignment of […]

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Fracking critics driving up home heating costs state regulator says

(Ft. Collins Coloradoan)  — Colorado’s chief oil and gas regulator said critics of fracking and public officials trying to regulate the energy industry are working hard to drive up the cost of home heating and cooling. When residents “storm city hall and demand you protect their health, safety and welfare armed with misinformation,” they fail […]

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2013 Kia Sportage SX AWD Crossover

Kia Motors, based in South Korea, is the country’s second largest auto manufacturer, trailing only Hyundai, its one-third owner.  As recently as 1986, Kia only produced 26 automobiles, but the total was 1.6 million last year.  The two combined companies have exploded on the scene to become the world’s fourth largest auto manufacturer, trailing only Toyota, […]

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“Just Ducky” 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0T AWD Sedan

Years ago I owned a 1995 Cadillac (leased, actually) and always admired the six ducks in the logo on the hood and trunk.  I have found through research that those birds were merlettes, present on the family crest of Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, the founder of the city of Detroit.  That […]

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Fracking on Loveland Council Agenda

by Craig Masters Illegal activities – not drilling, caused the Dunkard Creek fish kill Fracking, the very word brings out the emotional images of burning water and children writhing in pain from cancer ridden organs. After watching from the sidelines and wondering where in the name of all that is science is the source of […]

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Liquified natural gas trucks bring savings to Weld county

WELD COUNTY, CO – As part of its Smart Energy Plan, Weld County is in the process of converting its government fleet vehicles to natural gas vehicles – both Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). On Wednesday, three of the county’s four LNG trucks were on hand at the County Administration Building. […]

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2012 Lexus CT200h FWD Premium Hybrid

The CT series sedan was introduced by Lexus in March of 2011.  Last week I tested a 2012 model of this hybrid vehicle, a “Premium” edition with a Nebula Gray Pearl paint job.  Since its introduction, I have been paying a little extra attention to the car, mostly because it resembles a favorite of mine, […]

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Muslims accused of playing victim card over Sikh shooting

by Matt Lacy –   An expert on Islamic Jihad says the recent attempts by Muslim groups to portray the tragic murders at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin as an anti-Muslim attack is hypocritical considering the long history of Muslim persecution against the group.   Following the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, […]

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Gas prices in Ft. Collins decreasing, bucks national trend

The average price of a gallon of gasoline has fallen 1.5 cents in the past week, bucking a national trend of increasing gas prices, according to gasoline price website FortCollinsGasPrices.com. Prices averaged $3.45 per gallon in Fort Collins on Sunday. Nationally, prices have increased 4.9 cents per gallon to $3.49. In Fort Collins, prices are […]

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“DJ’s ‘n’ Donuts” – 2012 Scion iQ FWD Sedan

Since Scion has chosen to feature donuts in its automobile advertising campaign, I decided to take a few of them out to Pirate radio 104.7 FM so that the radio personalities (George Gray and The Big Kahuna) and I could eat them and look over the Scion iQ, the latest test car to be in my […]

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Romney rips Obama energy policies, avoids social issues

by Jack Minor —   During a campaign stop in Ft. Lupton, the presumptive nominee, Gov. Mitt Romney launched into a series of attacks against Obama’s energy policies while noticeably avoiding any mention of social issues such as abortion or same-sex marriage. The event was held at an oil well site operated by K.P. Kaufman […]

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Debt-free Weld gets $52 million check from Anadarko

WELD COUNTY, CO – On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, Weld County Treasurer John Lefebvre and the Weld County Board of Commissioners recognized more than $52 million in tax payments from one of Weld County’s largest single property tax payers. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation presented a $52 million check representing the company’s 2011 ad valorem taxes to […]

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2012 Toyota Prius Model Five

The Toyota Prius, America’s top-sellng hybrid car, was introduced in our country in 1997.   The Prius accounts for almost 51% of the 270,000 or so hybrids sold in America each year, and globally the U.S. accounts for half of Prius production.  The name on the car, “Prius”, is Latin for “before”.  This is the second “Prii” […]

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“Shock and Aww…” – 2012 Chevy Volt Review

        This past week I had the pleasure of test driving a new 2012 Chevy Volt  four-door sedan.  The Volt was painted “Viridian Joule,” the silvery green color that is the official color of the car. The color was so named by David Thomas of Sanford, FL over two years ago. Viridian means […]

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Private Oil upsets Obama energy plan

By Craig Masters Washington Post today reports that gasoline prices have now exceeded $4.00 per gallon in at least four states. Prices at the pump are expected to continue to rise. But while President Obama is publicly blaming mid-east tensions, big-oil price gouging, and economic factors he inherited from George Bush, his Energy Secretary Steven […]

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WH denies Israeli report Obama offered hi-tech bombs after election

by Peter Grady – Following a report in an Israeli newspaper that the Obama administration had promised to provide Israel with high-tech weapons including bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes if Israel agreed to hold off bombing Iran after the presidential election, the White House issued a carefully worded denial saying no such deal was discussed […]

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The Rant: Green Technology Simply Isn’t Economically Sustainable

When the NOAA announced the results of its acidic study of the oceans last spring, I asked one simple question, “You claim the oceans are more acidic now than they have been in 800,000 years and it is due to human, specifically American, activity. Where was the human population that caused the acidic level to […]

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2012 Toyota Prius V Auto Review

      The new, bigger, Toyota Prius V (vee) was introduced in our country in October of 2011. It was designed as a station wagon/multi-purpose vehicle to complement the Prius lineup.  The Prius has been around since 1997 and is America’s number one selling hybrid.  In fact, it accounted for almost 51% of the 270,000 […]

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House Committee set to investigate misinformation released by EPA

by Craig Masters A media release by the energy industry association, Western Energy Alliance, includes information about testimony to be given today before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy & Environment. According to the hearing schedule, on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and […]

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County has free Radon kits during January for Radon action month

Staff Reports —   When we hear the term environmental pollutant, several images may come to mind. An image of your home is probably not one of them. Your home, however, can be a source of a very harmful environmental pollutant known as radon. This odorless, colorless, radioactive gas typically moves up through the ground […]

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