Posted on March 12, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
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.
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Posted on January 2, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
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.
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Posted on December 5, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
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.
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Posted on October 26, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
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. (more…)
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Posted on October 25, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
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. (more…)
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Posted on October 17, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
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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Posted on October 10, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Scientists document large Arctic ozone hole.
SUMMIT COUNTY —A story about the first-ever ozone hole above the Arctic was the most-viewed story at Summit Voice. An unusual weather pattern, with a long-lasting patch of cold air in the upper levels of the atmosphere, caused the loss of the protective shield, and scientists aren’t sure if the pattern is linked with climate change.
The latest story on Sen. Mark Udall’s ski resort summer use bill was number two, while coverage of tropical weather in the eastern Pacific ranked third, followed closely by an overview of Copper Mountain’s new master plan. Click the headlines to read the stories and use the share button at the end to pass the word on your favorite social media channel.
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Posted on September 26, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Some call it climate change, but this graph looks like global warming.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Much to the dismay of global warming deniers and skeptics, a new climate model suggests that there is no “missing” heat — it’s merely hiding deep in the oceans. The Summit Voice story reporting the findings of the climate scientists — including Colorado-based Kevin Trenberth, with the National Center for Atmospheric Research — was the most-viewed story this past week, with almost 7,000 hits.
Other top stories included more coverage of the devastating Texas wildfires, which not only have burned thousands of homes, but also tens of thousands of acres of valuable forest. According to the Texas State Forest Service, the losses could amount to almost $100 million. Click on the headlines to read the stories and share them with the social media buttons at the end of each post. Happy reading!
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Posted on September 19, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
The draft plan for the Colorado River Valley covers more than half a million acres in five counties.
Big changes proposed for some uses in the popular recreation area; plan also maps out potential oil, gas and coal development areas
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Anglers, boaters and others who recreate along the Upper Colorado River downstream of Kremmling through Gore Canyon and beyond should check out the Colorado River draft management plan, which proposes some major changes to camping and other recreational uses.
The preferred alternative in the draft identifies 625,000 acres that would be open to oil and gas leasing, and about 123,000 acres open to coal leasing.
The Bureau of Land Management released the draft plan and an environmental impact statement last week, triggering a public comment period. The BLM will also host several public meetings next month: Oct. 6 in Silt, Oct. 11 in Eagle and Oct. 12 in Carbondale (see the newsletter at the end of this story for more details). The BLM’s home page for the plan is online here. (more…)
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Posted on September 5, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Multiple stories went over 1,000 page views this week
Wildfire and tropical storm coverage topped the list of most-viewed stories.
SUMMIT COUNTY — An interesting week for stats at Summit Voice, and one of the first times we’ve had multiple stories with more than 1,000 page views. Articles about about the Texas wildfires and tropical weather dominated the most-viewed list and helped boost numbers of other stories, as new readers clicked on sidebar links and scrolled through Summit Voice stories to check out the rest of the coverage in Colorado’s best independent online news source. The stats also showed plenty of outbound clicks to Summit Voice sponsor links.
Along with the natural disaster stories, a piece on the relationship between wolves, snowshoe hares and lynx also saw a lot of traffic. Daniel Dunn’s fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a search and rescue mission Quandary also registered some respectable numbers. The two-part story is still getting a steady stream of traffic several days after it was published. Both parts together have well over 1,000 views. Click on the headlines and use the share buttons at the end to spread the stories on your own favorite social media network – help independent online journalism grow.
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