For blog readers considering an online GIS certificate or graduate degree, there's a new program at the University of Kentucky worthy of consideration. Kentucky has become one of the most innovative Geography Departments in the US thanks in part to the pioneering work of Professor Matthew Zook and his devoted...

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Marijuana Usage in Washington State

Posted in Business by  •  July 24, 2015

In a recent posts I reviewed a research report estimating the size of the Colorado marijuana market and reported results from a survey attempting to determine the marijuana usage rate in Colorado. In this post I report results from an identical survey I ran in the State of Washington. The Washington survey results...

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In my most recent post I looked at a study conducted by the Denver-based Marijuana Policy Group (MPG). They produced an estimate of the number of users in Colorado and an estimate of the total metric tons consumed in Colorado. I used their metric tons estimate to take a stab at the size of the marijuana market in...

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Colorado’s Missing Marijuana Tax Revenue

Posted in Business by  •  July 14, 2015

I was talking with some real estate investors from Santa Fe, New Mexico recently. They are thinking about moving to and investing in Colorado. The topic of recreational marijuana came up along with the question: "How much tax revenue is being left on the table?" Good question. And it's a difficult question to...

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Mark your calendars! I will be one of the featured speakers at the 2015 Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association Technology Conference. If you happen to be in Clearwater, Florida on September 22 stop by to say hello.

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The Chilcapamba Community in Ecuador

Posted in Ecuador by  •  June 2, 2015

After a week in Quito and a weekend in Otavalo I traveled to a small indigenous community about 30 minutes by car from Otavalo. The name of the community is Chilcapamba. I stayed with the leader of the community and his family. Alfonso and Francisca Morales operate a small guest lodge in...

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Before leaving Quito I had a chance to have a good conversation with the proprietors of the hotel where I stayed. It was so satisfying for me because the conversations were in Spanish and I was able to understand and make myself understood, mas o menos. Progress! [As an aside, this is a key advantage to staying in...

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Adios Quito

Posted in Ecuador by  •  May 10, 2015

Yesterday I left Quito after a wonderful 6 day visit and now I'm in Otavalo, a market town about 2 hours north of Quito by bus. My favorite activity in Quito (and in most cities) is people watching and one of the best places for people watching in Quito is La Plaza Grande in Old Town. Here's a pic I took sitting...

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My wanderlust was reawakened this past spring while teaching a course entitled, "Geography of the World Economy" in the Hasan School of Business at CSU-Pueblo. I was like a kid in a candy store sorting through various materials to present to my students. I must have watched 30-40 videos, mostly documentaries with...

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Day 1 in Quito

Posted in Ecuador by  •  May 4, 2015

Turns out that yesterday, Sunday May 3, was Mother's Day in Ecuador. Consequently, everything was closed and I wasn't able to find a decent meal upon arrival. Luckily I brought a peanut butter granola bar so I didn't go to sleep with an empty stomach but I woke up with a big appetite. The place where I'm staying,...

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You Must of Got Manure for your Brains

Posted in Ecuador by  •  May 3, 2015

Well, day 1 was a bust. Somehow I managed to miss my flight from Houston to Quito. Apparently I was so busy admiring my packing job I forgot to pay attention to what I was doing. I guess my best excuse is something like the excuse given by Chevy Chase in Vacation, "I'm from out of town". See video clip...

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Viajar a Ecuador

Posted in Ecuador by  •  May 2, 2015

As I write I'm sitting in the Houston International Airport waiting to depart for Quito, Ecuador. I like packing light. Here's a picture of the stuff I'm taking to Ecuador. And here's a picture of my bag all packed and ready to go. Not everything in the first picture made the cut. And, the pile...

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Hard to believe it's already been 3 years since 2012 when I published my first set of geography graduate program rankings, based on NRC data. I followed in 2013 with a survey-driven set of rankings. Last year I produced rankings of traditional GIS programs and on-line GIS programs. These four posts have generated...

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I'm preparing to teach a new class this spring, Geography of the World Economy. I'm really looking forward to it. In preparing my syllabus I find myself wanting to be able to share a coherent hierarchy and regional partition of Earth's surface with my students who, as business majors and future competitors in an...

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The Tumbleweeds Strike Back

Posted in Pueblo by  •  November 11, 2014

If you're a regular reader of this blog you've probably seen my Why Pueblo post or perhaps you saw my Funding the City of Pueblo post where I proposed setting up a toll booth on Hwy 50 and charging $1 per eastbound vehicle. The toll booth idea made it's way into the local print version of Fox News and generated some...

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The Bell Game

Posted in Pueblo by  •  September 24, 2014

This Friday at 7pm Centennial High School and Central High School will meet at Dutch Clark Stadium to play the 114th game in their historic football rivalry, dating back to 1892. I'm not sure if it's true but The Bell Game is thought to be the oldest High School Football Rivalry west of the Mississippi...

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This will probably be the last post in my series on TCAP scores and Pueblo Schools. If this is the first you've seen of the series you might want to go back and read the first 4 posts: Part 1: District 60 Educates More Students Receiving Free Lunch than the Entire Student Population in District 70. Part 2:...

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Did anyone notice the Chieftain softening its tone in their editorial this morning? They acknowledge that "external, socioeconomic factors" can impact student performance. Of course, they can't admit any error in their rush to judgement so they quickly remind us that even if a child is deprived of adequate food,...

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In recent posts I have argued for a more nuanced approach to evaluating school performance in Pueblo. I also illustrated the strong negative State-wide correlation between % students who qualify for free or reduced lunch and Math TCAP scores. It's clear to me that student household income plays a very important...

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In my initial post on the topic of TCAP scores I pointed out that Pueblo District 60 Schools (D60) have more students who qualify for Free Lunch than the total number of students in all of Pueblo County District 70 (D70). I also said D60 has a more difficult task not only due to the fact that they are a much larger...

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