Summit County takes another step toward zero waste

Voter-approved funding to support collection of electronic devices, pharmaceuticals and hazardous household waste

Pile of Waste - Electronic Waste Documentation (China: 2007)

Electronic waste is piling up at an alarming rate. Photo courtesy Greenpeace.

Staff Report

FRISCO — Voter-approved funding will help Summit County start improving its recycling efforts to include free processing of electronics. To start the new service, the county will hold an inaugural collection event Jan. 31 for both electronics and pharmaceuticals.

“Keeping electronics and medications out of the landfill is a key strategy for local water quality protection,” County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. “And because Summit voters rallied behind Ballot Measure 1A this past November, we’re now able to provide these collection services at no charge to our residents and property owners.” Continue reading

Morning photo: Vibrant

Winter skies over Summit County


FRISCO —Morning or evening, the skies over Summit County rarely disappoint. Mountain light, snow, clouds … it all combines to create sometimes surreal vistas of colors and shapes. As often as I’ve photographed Peak 1, our Frisco landmark, I’m still amazed at how different the light can be from one day, or even one hour, to the next. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.

Morning photo: Just another sunrise …

Colorado skies


FRISCO — When I woke up about 6 a.m. Sunday morning I saw a thin sliver of clear sky on the eastern horizon — the perfect setup for some early morning color. Of course you never know exactly what you’re going to get. Sometimes it all fades away, and other times, the sky really pops. All the images in this set were taken in a 45 minute span just off the Dillon Dam Road, showing the incredible range of hues and tones that a single sunrise can deliver. Follow our Instagram feed for daily updates, and visit the online Summit Voice gallery at Fine Art America to see more Summit County nature and landscape images.

Morning photo: Sunday set

Flashback …

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A slice of skyline along the shore of Dillon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — I figured that, before winter really gets rolling would be a good time to clean up the photo archives, which meant going back through the autumn months and trying to keep the number of images to a somewhat manageable size. Plus, looking back at the images of the most recent season is a good reality check for the weather. Our day-to-day memory can play tricks, but photos don’t lie. We enjoyed a spectacular autumn in the Colorado high country, with just a bit of early snow, but generally mild weather through September and especially in late October, when a few weeks with temps running 10 to 15 degrees above normal made many people wonder if winter would ever show up. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Greetings and gratitude from the Rocky Mountains

Sunrise over Dillon Reservoir, Thanksgiving morning.

Sunrise over Dillon Reservoir, Thanksgiving morning.

FRISCO — I’m so very grateful for all the loyal longtime Summit Voice readers and supporters — too many to name — and for new readers. Enjoy the environmental news feed again starting tomorrow and help spread the word about independent environmental journalism.

Morning photo: Ice!

Watching winter …

FRISCO — Sure, we all love snow, but I say ice is underrated. There’s such beauty in watching winter take hold across streams, lakes, reservoirs and ponds. Later in the winter it will all be covered with snow, so now’s the time to venture out to the edge of the water and watch the weird and wonderful development of the mountain cryosphere. At times, you can hear the ice sing and ping as it stretches, cracks and grows. In other places, where shards of ice are blown by the wind, it can sound like thousands of little ringing bells. Check out our daily photo feed on Instagram and visit our Fine Art America online gallery for more landscape shots from Colorado.

Morning photo: Snow-capped!

Dustings …

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October storm clears the Tenmile Range near Frisco, Colorado

FRISCO — Is there anything better than the sight of a storm clearing over a big mountain range, with lifting clouds and broken bits of sunshine streaming in? After a string of warm and sunny days, a quick storm passed through Summit County Oct. 20, leaving the higher elevations frosted with some new snow. As always, the clearing storm created stunning vistas of mountains and clouds. Follow our Instagram feed for daily photo updates and visit our online gallery for a great selection of Colorado landscape and nature images, available as fine art prints and greeting cards. Continue reading

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