Posted on October 15, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Health, environment and climate in the news
SUMMIT COUNTY — A health story about the link between exposure to PCBs and breast cancer was the run-away top story of the week, garnering more than 4,000 page views, followed by a handful of environment and weather stories that each picked up between 650 and 900 views. Click on the headline to read the story and use the share buttons at the end of each post to share the love.
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Posted on October 1, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Full moon setting Sunday, Sept. 30, over Buffalo Mountain, Summit County, Colorado.
FRISCO — Sunday morning’s session started out as a quest to capture a few shots of the moon set, but I was running a little late, so my hasty set-up at the Old Dillon Reservoir trail head didn’t yield the best shots. Once the moon dropped behind Buffalo’s broad shoulder, I meandered up the trail to the edge of the new Old Dillon Reservoir, which still awaits its first fill. It’s a great spot for morning panos, with a sweeping view from the Continental Divide near the Eisenhower Tunnel, to Grays and Torreys and west to a semi-compressed view of the Tenmile Range. With breakfast or school lunches to prepare, I had a little extra time to wait out the sunrise, a Rocky Mountain classic with multiple layers of clouds helping create some amazing light.
Instead of just squeezing off a few quick shots, I had time to experiment with different camera settings to maximize the dramatic light spilling down the canyons.
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Posted on September 22, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Hazy skies from wildfires to the northwest should give way to a southwest flow and perhaps a chance for some precipitation late in the weekend or early next week.
Incoming storm should shift the winds and may drop a little rain early next week
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — The hazy skies over Summit County and the rest of Colorado should clear this weekend, as a significant change in the weather pattern will bring southwest winds, along with a chance of showers, during the second half of the weekend and into the first part of next week.
The haze is from forest fires burning in the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies. The ridge of high pressure that has prevailed over the Rockies the past few weeks has brought steady upper-air winds from the northwest, carrying the smoke into the area. (more…)
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Posted on September 9, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Three helicopters help deploy search teams
Hunters reported as missing by their family were found between Black Lake (upper right) and Mt. Powell (lower left).
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — A major rescue operation at the north end of Summit County ended well as a group of hunters was found safe and sound a few days after they sent a couple of text messages to their family indicating they might be in trouble.
The initial texts were sent by the hunters as early as Wednesday, but the full-scale search didn’t start until Saturday, when three helicopters — including two brand new Lakotas — from Buckley Air Force Base joined in the mission.
Summit County Rescue Group, joined by teams from Clear Creek County and Vail, had as many as 18 people in the field in various parts of the Gore Range, said SCRG member Dan Burnett.
The hunters were all in good health and unharmed when a search party found them Saturday afternoon.
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Posted on July 18, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Early morning sunshine highlights dew drops on aspen leaves.
SUMMIT COUNTY —The rains came, at least for a few days, leaving the high country gloriously damp and sparkly in the early morning sunlight. Nuff said … (more…)
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Posted on June 20, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Day-use at Green Mountain Reservoir will once again be free after years of wrangling over a federal lands recreation fee program.
Revised plan for Green Mountain Reservoir, Cataract Lake area gets provisional OK from advisory group
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — This land is once again your land for free, at least at the popular Cataract Lake trailhead in northern Summit County, where the U.S. Forest Service has been charging a feee to park and hike since the late 1990s.
But last week, a citizen advisory committee voted to a approve a revised recreation plan for the larger Green Mountain Reservoir area, including Cataract Lake, and the new plan ends the unpopular Cataract Lake parking and hiking fee, as well as day use fees at Green Mountain Reservoir. The new plan also reconfigures camping fees to a basic per-site charge, with extra fees for extra cars.
A couple of caveats: The vote by the Colorado Recreation Resource Advisory Committee apparently was incomplete, with a few members missing, so it’s not altogether clear if the vote will stick, Arapahoe-Roosevelt National Forest Supervisor Rick Cooksey, the designated federal official on the recreation advisory panel. Cooksey said he will speak with the members who were absent from the meeting to try and get their approval for the Green Mountain-area plan. (more…)
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Posted on June 12, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
With wildfires burning around the West, someone in the Breckenridge area decided to try and set the local forest on fire.
Firefighters manage to extinguish small blaze near Peak 8
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY —Residents of Breckenridge and Summit County are being asked to help find a suspect who is trying to start a forest fire.
Police detectives and fire investigators say several small fires were set intentionally in the forest near Breckenridge may have been started Sunday and smoldered overnight before igniting Monday afternoon as temperatures climbed and the humidity dropped. (more…)
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Posted on June 11, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Last week’s series of intense Front Range thunderstorms built up clouds that towered above the Continental Divide to be illuminated by the sun setting in the west. That was a recipe for some rather nice sunsets and cloudscapes. (more…)
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Posted on June 8, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
The Little Sand Fire burns through pine forest near Pagosa Springs. PHOTO COURTESY USFS.
White River National Forest, Summit and Garfield counties join other jurisdictions in banning open fires; controlled campfires in developed recreation areas still OK
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Pointing to the acute danger of large and potentially deadly wildfires in the high country and on the West Slope of Colorado, The White River National Forest, as Summit and Garfield counties this week adopted fire restrictions.
By most measures, the current fire danger is rated as high to very high, with dry and windy conditions forecast to persist on and off for the foreseeable future. (more…)
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Posted on May 29, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Sunrise over Dillon Reservoir.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — There’s a moment, perhaps a few moments, right around sunrise when the light is as good as it’s ever going to get. It’s pure magic, really, and if, as a photographer, you’re in the right place when it happens, then all that you need is the technical know-how, and maybe a few good lenses. Sometimes it doesn’t always come out the way you expected, and other times, when you get home and download the images, all you can say is, “Wow!” (more…)
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