Morning photo: Winter wonders

Deep freeze


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Wildlife: Colorado launches new lynx monitoring effort

A radio-collared lynx in Colorado. Photo courtesy CPW.

A radio-collared lynx in Colorado. Photo courtesy CPW.

SW Colorado field project will assess habitat occupancy, population trends

Staff Report

FRISCO — Colorado biologists have launched an ambitious monitoring program aimed at learning whether the state’s population of reintroduced and native-born lynx is holding steady.

The monitoring will cover more than 5,000 miles in the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado, including six wilderness areas: Weminuche, Uncompahgre, Lizard Head, Powderhorn, La Garita Mount Sneffels, and South San Juan. Continue reading

Morning photo: Trippy skies

“Morning has broken …”


FRISCO —Sometimes the sunrise colors in the Colorado Rockies are beyond words and almost beyond belief — and that’s when a camera is good. This set includes a series of images starting in November, when Dillon Reservoir was still unfrozen, to just a few days ago (Sunday morning) up on Swan Mountain. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.

Public Lands: Rocky Mountain National Park and Dinosaur National Monument celebrate centennials this year

Parks invite community to join the birthday party; Dinosaur NM seeks community partners to help plan events

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Trail Ridge Road overlook, RMNP. bberwyn photo.

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Elk in RMNP. bberwyn photo.

Staff Report

Not one, but two famed Colorado public land icons are celebrating 100-year birthdays in 2015. Dinosaur National Monument turns 100 years old on October 4, 2015, and visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park will have a chance to share birthday cake with park rangers on Jan. 26.

Both parks are inviting the public to join in the celebrations with a series of special events. Continue reading

Morning photo: Sunday set

Sky shots, mostly …


FRISCO —Some lovely January days recently, with a bit of a thaw, although it’s far from being a total meltdown. Summit County has been on the ragged fringe of the storm track the past few weeks, which is good for photography (maybe not so great for skiing). But it means that we get wave clouds stacking dramatically over the high peaks – check out this Instagram timelapse video to see how they move – and gusty winds help fill in some of the many tracks criss-crossing the snowfields, creating the visual illusion of pristine.

Cloud flow

A video posted by Bob Berwyn (@bberwyn) on

Morning photo: Summer flashback

Sweet summer shots


FRISCO — While we’ve had a longer-than-wanted January thaw this year, it is still mid-winter, no doubt about it, so it seemed like a good time to post a warm-up photo essay with some summer shots from Summit County and beyond. It’s always fun to go back through the summer archives because it’s such a short season, compared to our long winters, so there are a lot of images compressed into just a couple of months that show how suddenly and vividly the warm season can explode, and just as quickly fade, in the Colorado high country. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.

Summit County takes another step toward zero waste

Voter-approved funding to support collection of electronic devices, pharmaceuticals and hazardous household waste

Pile of Waste - Electronic Waste Documentation (China: 2007)

Electronic waste is piling up at an alarming rate. Photo courtesy Greenpeace.

Staff Report

FRISCO — Voter-approved funding will help Summit County start improving its recycling efforts to include free processing of electronics. To start the new service, the county will hold an inaugural collection event Jan. 31 for both electronics and pharmaceuticals.

“Keeping electronics and medications out of the landfill is a key strategy for local water quality protection,” County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. “And because Summit voters rallied behind Ballot Measure 1A this past November, we’re now able to provide these collection services at no charge to our residents and property owners.” Continue reading

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