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Colorado: Spring flood cuts off road to Montezuma

High runoff taking a toll on roads

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Flood waters caused a major washout of Montezuma Road in Summit County, Colorado. Photo courtesy Summit County Road and Bridge.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Spring runoff is starting to take a toll on high country roads, with a major washout reported along Montezuma Road and minor flooding in other areas, including a partial washout on the Meadow Creek trailhead road in Frisco.

East of Keystone, Summit County officials reported a 45-washout of Montezuma Road, leaving Montezuma residents withouth vehicular access. According to the county, the road is washed out 15-feet deep near the Peru Creek trailhead. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Sky shots …

A tale of two nights …

Quiet sky glow.

Quiet sky glow Wednesday evening.

FRISCO —Wednesday brought a much more subtle sunset display, at least from vantage point near Frisco, where only a small splotch of color emerged along the southwestern horizon. By contrast, last night’s sunset set the entire sky on fire, 360 degrees. It’s tough to say that one was more beautiful than the other. Sure, Tuesday was super-dramatic, but Wednesday was peaceful and calm, without the seething cloud turbulence. It’s amazing how much difference 24 hours can make!

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Some sky, with seething clouds Tuesday night.

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Morning photo: Best of the week

Monsoon sunsets

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Incorporating a little beetle-kill beauty into an evening landscape along the shores of Dillon Reservoir in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO — We’re more than a month past the solstice, so sunrise isn’t quite as brutally early anymore, and the lingering monsoon moisture in the skies has made for some great cloudscapes, both in the morning and evening. Last week yielded a handful of decent shots, mostly during sunset dog-walking time along the shore of the reservoir. If you like the snapshots in this post, visit our online gallery at FineArt America for more Summit County landscapes, for sale as prints or greeting cards.

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Purple mountains majesty …

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Celebrate local, sustainable food with a harvest dinner

Local produce, like these tomatoes from Nancy’s Garden, will be featured at a community harvest dinner benefiting the High Country Conservation Center. Photo by Bob Berwyn.

Frisco event to benefit the High Country Conservation Center

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Summit County will celebrate the growing local and sustainable food movement with a special Oct. 4 harvest dinner at Vinny’s Euro American Restaurant in Frisco.

 

The feast will benefit the High Country Conservation Center, which has been instrumental in supporting local community gardens and spurring awareness of the importance of locally produced food. The special menu is composed entirely of food grown or raised within a 160-mile radius of Summit County.

These days, most of the food you purchase in the supermarket can travel nearly 2,000 miles before it reaches your plate, sometimes spending days, or even weeks, in warehouses. The harvest dinner ingredients will be picked just a few days before the event. Continue reading

Morning photo: Time to pick some calendar photos

January

Follow the road, check out some of January’s best shots and vote for your favorite to help select the monthly photo for the 2013 Summit Voice calendar.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — January is the classic winter month, and even last year, in a dry and mild winter, we did get a bit of snow. In fact, I was surprised when I looked back through the monthly archives I was surprised at how wintry it looked during what ended up being a lackluster winter. But January was the only winter month with above-average snowfall in Summit County. Let’s hope for more of this in the months ahead. If you like what you see, contact bberwyn@comcast. net to order prints or visit our online galleries at Imagekind and RedBubble. Continue reading

Fire danger prompts Frisco to cancel July 4th fireworks

Safety and wildfire concerns drive difficult decision

Frisco’s Fourth of July includes a fabulous Main Street parade.

No Fireworks in Frisco this Fourth of July.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — After serious discussion and soul-searching — not to mention some sobering input from Sheriff John Minor and local fire officials — the Frisco Town Council voted Tuesday night to cancel the traditional July 4th fireworks due to wildfire and public safety concerns.

The town may reschedule a fireworks display or create a new event sometime later in the summer, according to a press release from the town.

In a year when fuel moisture is at record low levels, it would only take one stray ember or spark to start a fire in forests or grasslands around the Reservoir.

In a letter to the town council, Sheriff Minor spelled out his concerns and said that the town would have taken on sole responsibility and liability for any damages resulting from a fire caused by fireworks or related activities. More details in this Summit Voice story. Continue reading

Morning photo: Sunset and clearcuts …

Finding beauty in beetle-killed forests

Morning scene along the shore of Dillon Reservoir.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — A few images from the daily peregrinations along the shore of the reservoir. I usually try to assiduously avoid the clearcut areas in photos because really, who wants to see pictures of stumps. But every now and then, it’s probably a good reminder, especially with a warming climate that may very well bring additional blight to high country ecosystems. Continue reading

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