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Satellites see Four Corners methane ‘hotspot’

‘From space, there are no hiding places …’

The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher). Image Credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan.

The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher).
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan.

Staff Report

FRISCO — The Four Corners region is a methane hotspot, producing the largest concentration of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States. Atmospheric concentrations of the gas are more than three times the standard ground-based estimate, according to a new study of satellite data by scientists at NASA and the University of Michigan. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Lingering autumn

Sweet September light

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A slanting September sun adds some side-lighting to this Dillon Reservoir scene.

FRISCO — I was hoping to post a set of new snow pictures this morning, but it looks like the storm passed a bit to the south and east so we’ll have to wait just a bit longer for the first significant valley accumulation. Instead, I sorted through the last few weeks worth of fall images to find a few that tell the story of the season — slanting light that changes everything, late-blooming fall flowers and some serenely floating leaves. It’ll all change soon enough when the snows arrive! Continue reading

Morning photo: More …

Super Summit!

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Hunter’s moon rising over Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — OK, so I didn’t manage to get a good shot of the eclipsed moon this morning. It was mostly obscured by clouds, but I did watch the lunar orb emerge from the Earth’s rusty shadow from the deck. That means I’m looking forward to seeing all the pics of eclipse streaming across the interwebs this morning. Even without the eclipse, there have been a few dramatic moments in Summit skies the past few days, including the first real wave cloud formation, a sure sign that upper level winds are shifting toward fall and winter conditions, and the last few remnant patches of autumn leaves. Continue reading

Morning photo: Shades …

Autumn vibes

Deep tones in this afternoon shot show how the sun angle has changed in the past few weeks.

Deep tones in this afternoon shot show how the sun angle has changed in the past few weeks.

FRISCO — It’s pretty amazing how the light can change from day to day, month to month and season to season. The first picture in this set was taken down on the corner of our street, where Frisco meets Denver Water land, and just a month ago, it would have been way to bright at 3 p.m. to take a decent shot, especially in full sunlight. But in late September, the sun angle is low enough to give some definition to the clouds and add richness to the foreground tones. In this set, I tried to pick images from the last few days that show the wide range of autumn hues in the Colorado high country. Follow my Instagram feed for daily picture updates and visit this online gallery for fine art quality prints and greeting cards. Continue reading

Morning photo: October!

Moving on …

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Morning contrast over the Continental Divide.

FRISCO — We’re slipping deeper into autumn and Summit County was abuzz with talk of the ski season after some early snow, but we will probably get to enjoy another few weeks of warm sunny days before the real snows hit. Get out and get after it, and don’t forget your camera! Check out my Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit this Fine Art America gallery for for Colorado landscape and nature shots. Continue reading

Morning photo: Transitions

From gold to white …

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Early morning light over the Gore Range in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — Autumn is in the house,  and apparently can’t wait to get out of the way as Old Man Winter comes knocking on the door. Winds are sweeping the trees, as if to prepare them for the heavy (we hope) loads of snow in the months ahead, and even though we’ll surely return to a spell of warm, sunny days, it’s always awesome to see the first snows coating the peaks. Continue reading

Forest Service busts huge pot farm near Aspen

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The U.S. Forest Service this week eradicated an illegal marijuana growing operation in Colorado.

Feds say illegal marijuana growing is harmful to the environment

Staff Report

FRISCO —Colorado’s legalization of marijuana may mark a new era on the state level, but some things haven’t changed. Each year, profiteering outlaws try to use public lands to grow and harvest marijuana, which remains illegal under federal laws.

This week, law enforcement officers with the U.S. Forest Service eradicated a major pot farm on national forest lands near Ruedi Reservoir after it was reported to the Forest Service by the public. After uprooting more than 2,600 mature plants, Forest Service officials estimated the value of the plants about $6 to $8 million based on the average value of $2,500 per pound. Continue reading

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