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Will federal agencies start taking climate seriously in analyzing proposals for public lands?

Coal, in this day and age? Really?

Coal, in this day and age? Really?

Lack of appeal in Colorado coal mining case may signal change of direction

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Federal resource managers may be inclined to take a closer look at the climate impacts of projects on national forests and BLM lands, after the Obama administration decided not to challenge a recent federal district court ruling on Colorado coal mining leases. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Welcome back, winter!

Snow, snow, snow!

FRISCO — OK, so we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. It’s only still autumn, not winter, but at 9,000 feet up in the Colorado Rockies, the in-between season often tilts toward the cold side of the scale. And even though November is one of the driest months of the year for total moisture, when a burly Arctic air mass bears down from the north, with moist air streaming in from the west at the same time, look out.

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Breckenridge to vote on Main Street pot sales

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Buds in Breckenridge?

Drug stigma lingers for some residents of Colorado mountain town

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Breckenridge voters will have a chance to micro-manage their town’s regulation of legal marijuana sales next month, with a special election set to determine whether the herb and its derivatives will be sold on Main Street.

If you’re not from Colorado, you may scratching your head at this point, wondering why, if pot is already legal, is there yet another election. After all, Breckenridge helped set the stage for legalization in 2009. when voters decriminalized the possession of small amounts of cannabis. In 2012, 70 percent of the ski town’s voters gave Amendment 64 a thumbs up. Continue reading

Morning photo: November moon

Evening serenity

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A rare vertical landscape portrait, composed to capture the moon in the sky and its reflection in the wetlands pond near our house in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — It not be a super moon this month, but that doesn’t make it any less appealing – plus, getting outside for a few minutes as the sun goes down in a blaze of tangerine-colored sky is good for your sanity. No matter who wins an election or a football game, this old world keeps on turning … Continue reading

Study shows some types of beetle outbreaks may inhibit crown fires in Pacific Northwest forests

Spruce beetle populations are surging in the southern Rocky Mountains. bberwyn photo.

Spruce beetle populations are surging in the southern Rocky Mountains. bberwyn photo.

Study calls out inaccurate media reports about links between bugs and wildfires

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Dire warnings about how beetle outbreaks make forests more prone to fires are ringing increasingly hollow, as more and more forest research shows that other factors — especially weather — are more important drivers. In some cases, defoliation by bugs may actually lessen the the threat of disastrous crown fires.

In one of the latest studies, researchers with the University of Oregon and the U.S. Forest Service took a close look at the relationship between fires and spruce budworm infestations in the Pacific Northwest. They found that defoliation reduces both torching and crowning potential. Continue reading

Denver signs on to urban bird treaty

Deal with feds brings funds for conservation, education

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A red-shafted flicker. bberwyn photo.

Staff Report

FRISCO — Long before Denver sprawled into being, migratory birds passed through the area on their from breeding grounds in Canada to winter habitat along the Gulf Coast, Mexico and Central America. The eastern base of the Rocky Mountains is part of one the great North American flyways, and last month, Denver Parks and Recreation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the city has signed on to an urban bird treaty that will help preserve havens for migratory birds. Continue reading

Morning photo: Sunday set

Peak shots

Early Sunday morning, Dillon Reservoir.

Early Sunday morning, Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO — Good riddance, daylight savings time. What a joke. Why so many artifacts from the days when we were a rural, agrarian society? Is it a longing for a simpler past? An unwillingness to change? Just plain old inertia? Who knows, but I, for one, am psyched to be back more in synch with the natural rhythms of sunrise and sunset. Plus, it means that, if there’s an especially brilliant sunrise the next few weeks. I’ll be able to sneak out for a quick session BEFORE making breakfast for the school-bound kid! Enjoy Le Weekend, take some nice photos of the incoming snow and send them my way. Continue reading

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