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Summit Voice: Most-viewed & week in review

Smoke from the High Park Fire as seen from Bellvue. PHOTO COURTESY INCIWEB.

Wildfire and weather

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —Updates on the rapidly growing High Park Fire quickly jumped to the top of the most-viewed list, along with several other stories related to Colorado weather and the building drought. Click on the headline to read the story and

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Summit Voice: Most-viewed and other tidbits

Reef shark populations are declining at a fast pace near inhabited U.S. islands.

Oceans, drought, wildfire and climate …

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — A quick snapshot of page views from the past week shows readers tuning in both to national environmental stories and local and state coverage. An article on the stunning decline of reef shark populations near inhabited U.S. islands zoomed up to the top spot with a listing in the main Google News feed, while the Corn Harvest story was helped by word-of-mouth and social media. Click on the headlines to read the story and share with your own social media networks via the handy little link buttons at the end of each story.

Summit Voice: Most-viewed and week in review

Climate, avalanches and … cattle genetics?


By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Global warming stayed at the top of the charts, but just barely. By late Sunday night, a science story on the genetic origins of domestic cattle was within a few page views and steadily climbing, thanks to a link from Fark.com. Stories on a pair of unfortunate backcountry skier deaths during the weekend, and coverage of the Lower North Fork Fire in Jefferson County rounded out this week’s most-viewed list. Click the headlines to read the stories and pass them along on your own favorite network with the share buttons at the end of each story.

Summit Voice: Most-viewed and week in review

Alpine grouse.


SUMMIT COUNTY — An older Summit Voice story zoomed to the top of the charts late in the week, with Google searches for “alpine grouse” and other related terms leading readers to a story about the impacts of winter recreation on wildlife. I’m not really sure why this story from a year ago all of a sudden picked up so many page views. I did a bit of research to see if there have been some new developments in alpine grouse conservation but came up empty handed.

Other popular stories included an article on new estimates about when Greenland might lose its ice cap, as well as continued political manipulation of endangered species politics.

We had one day with page views well above 4,000, while page views the rest of the week stayed between 3,500 and 4,000, right in the average zone.

Summit Voice: Most-viewed and week in review

Blue whales stand a good chance of rebuilding genetically healthy populations.

Whales, skier deaths lead the most-viewed story list

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —It’s always nice when a good-news story gets top billing, and that’s what happened with our report on some genetic research into blue whales, the gentle giants of the ocean. The whales, hunted for their blubber and oil until there were only a few hundred left, are making a comeback, and a new study suggests that their genetic diversity is high enough to ensure a robust population rebound. Google News helped drive visitors to the story, and more general Google searches led readers to several skier death stories, including two at Summit County ski areas, as well as a short report on the Teton avalanche that killed two well-known local mountaineers.

Summit Voice: Most-viewed and week in review

Warning signs for the Blue River's gold medal trout fishery.

Climate, weather and trout …

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —Holiday periods like the week between Christmas and New Years are often considered to be slow news periods, when government offices are relatively quiet and, well, there’s not really that much going on. As a result, it can also be a slow time, to say the least, for news-oriented websites, unless you’re peddling stories about the latest celebrity peccadilloes. But in an encouraging sign that good content can trump trends, a couple climate-related stories at Summit Voice picked more than 1,000 page views each, while another piece on the restoration of wolves to the Greater Yellowstone ecoystem also was widely read. Click on the headlines to read the top stories, and don’t forget to use the buttons at the end to share them via your own social media network.

Summit Voice: Weekend headlines

Catch up with the weekend stories at a glance …

One of our weekend stories provided updated information on land-use management plans for about 900,000 acres of BLM lands in northwestern Colorado.

SUMMIT COUNTY —A couple of stories about ongoing natural gas and fracking controversies in Colorado, climate change coverage and a piece on the corporate influence of Coca Cola in National Park Service policy topped the weekend news.

Ski resorts, mountain bikers form new partnership

Mountain biking at Colorado ski areas could benefit from a new partnership between the National Ski Areas Association and the International Mountain Biking Association.

Formal cooperation could lead to expanded cycling opportunities at ski areas the next few years

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Developed mountain bike activities at ski resorts around the country could get a boost from a new partnership between the National Ski Areas Association and the International Mountain Bicycling Association aiming to increase visitation and improve summer mountain biking experiences at U.S. ski areas.

The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding about the same time Congress passed a ski area summer use bill that could ease permitting for more extensive mountain bike facilities than currently exist. The mountain bike organization helped the ski industry lobby for passage of the summer use bill.

“Formalizing our partnership with IMBA is a logical progression, and we look forward to strengthening our symbiotic relationship further and leveraging the resources of both of our organizations toward the end benefit of our valued members,”  NSAA president Michael Berry said in a press release. Continue reading

Udall opposes detainee provisions in defense bill

Sen. Mark Udall.

Holding suspects indefinitely undermines civil liberties and national security

By Summit Voice

Mark Udall and 12 other Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees say they are opposed to detainee provisions in the defense spending bill that enables the U.S. Military to hold U.S. citizens accused of terrorism in military prisons indefinitely.

Read a white paper on the detainee provisions here.

The provisions also require the Department of Defense  to hold certain foreign terrorism suspects unless the Defense Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, issues a waiver that their release or transfer would be in the interest of national security. And the military would be required to indefinitely prohibit the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to certain countries, even if the detainee were determined to be innocent and not a threat. Continue reading

Summit Voice: Most-viewed & week in review

Uranium mining near the Grand Canyon? Some Senate Republicans think it's a good idea.

Public land politics, climate and weather

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The most-viewed story last week was about the relentless Republican push to open public lands for exploitation, this time in the form of a bill proposed by Sen. John McCain and his cohort to allow uranium exploration and mining in the greater Grand Canyon watershed. The measure would overturn a recent moratorium on mining in the area and flies in the face of popular opinion.

Most of the traffic for the story came from more than 1,200 Facebook referrals, one of the first times that a Summit Voice story drew this much traffic via the most popular social media site. Our readers can help independent journalism grow by sharing their favorite stories on Facebook.

Several stories on tropical weather in the Pacific drew a combined 1,200 page views and a couple of science and climate-related stories picked up about 1,000 views. Click on the headlines to read the stories and use the share buttons at the end of each post to help spread the word via your own favorite social media network.


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