Posted on November 14, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Sunlight paints Peak 1, in the Tenmile Range, as a winter storm clears out.
FRISCO — I feel like I’ve been holding my breath the past few weeks, waiting to see if it will actually snow. That late-fall period has been suspenseful for me since I was a little kid, starting to get seriously hooked on skiing, but the feeling has intensified the last few years, as global warming creates more and more uncertainty in global weather patterns. From the way I understand it — and I’ve been studying this a lot — there’s every reason to believe that we could experience a winter without much snow at any time. Just look at California the past few years. It’s easy to see how a shift of the regional weather pattern could bring a sustained and bitter drought to Colorado. That’s probably why I breathed such a deep sigh of relief this week as the skies finally relented and dropped more than a foot of snow even here at the valley level in Frisco.
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Posted on November 13, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
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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Posted on November 12, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Snow, snow, snow!
Outside the kitchen window …
November storm clearing around the Gore Range above Silverthorne, Colorado.
First storm along Meadow Creek in Frisco, Colorado.
Snow glow and sparkles at Dillon Reservoir.
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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Posted on November 8, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
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
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Posted on November 6, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
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
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Posted on November 4, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
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
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Posted on November 3, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Deal with feds brings funds for conservation, education
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
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