Posted on September 9, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Dear Summit Voice Readers,
We’re so grateful to the Sunshine Cafe for offering to host what is going to be a fun and unique chance to enjoy a good meal and learn about global warming in the Rocky Mountains this week.
For one night only Sept. 12), the Sunshine Cafe (once again crowned as Summit County’s favorite breakfast spot, will open at 6 p.m. for a fundraising dinner. Tickets are just $50 per person, and there will also be a silent auction with some Rocky Mountain photography and a few other quirky items.
Proceeds from the dinner will benefit local environmental journalism by Summit Voice, and we’ll take input on story ideas at the dinner. We’ll also give a short presentation from our Rocky Mountain Climate Ranger Project, a series of road trips aimed at learning how climate change is affecting our beloved mountains.
If you are a Summit County or Colorado reader, please consider attending the dinner to show your support for Summit County environmental journalism. You can buy tickets at the PayPal link below, or contact Bob Berwyn via email or at 970-331-5996.
Support independent journalism.
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Posted on September 1, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
‘Shroom hunting in Colorado
Evening vista of the Tenmile Range, Summit County, Colorado.
FRISCO — Aug. 31 is a bit late for the peak of the mushroom season in Colorado, but after a stream of rainy days, we headed up high, near treeline, to search for fungi. In some of the moist, north-facing draws along the rough road into the Tenmile Range, we found a profusion of mushrooms, as many as 10 species in a square meter, including funky corals, puffballs and tasty wild agaricus, an edible variety closely related to grocery store mushrooms.
Seeing the mushrooms at peak season, bursting through a living tapestry of moss and lichen, makes me realize how big a part of the forest life force these humble fungi really are, locking carbon deep in the soil and helping the trees, old and young, absorb nutrients from the thin Rocky Mountain soil. Continue reading
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Posted on July 15, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Kodachrome moments in Colorado
As Dillon Reservoir filled, it inundated shoreline meadows, creating a weird dynamic ecosystem at water’s edge. Rapid, cyclical fluctuations in water levels is part of what makes reservoirs big sources of greenhouse gases.
FRISCO — So many spots, so close to home! What a blessing, as a photographer, to live in an area with so many photo ops, from daisies bathed by the morning sun, to the warm alpenglow on Peak 1. The daisies, of course, are growing right outside our front door in a raised flowerbed in one of the most densely populated areas in Summit County. All the rest of the shots are taken within a few miles our Frisco home, Enjoy!
dew drops on daisies …
Same sunset, different angle, different Instagram filter.
Early morning Columbine along Swan Mountain Road.
cooling it off!
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Posted on June 4, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
High runoff taking a toll on roads
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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Posted on November 16, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
New rules would mesh with management of national forest lands
Summit County officials are considering a request to close parts of several local roads, including Baldy Mountain Road, to winter motorized recreational traffic. Maps of the other roads are online at the Summit County planning department website.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Summit County officials will take input on a request to ban winter motorized recreation on three county roads:
- Gold Run Gulch Road/CR 300 (from the Gold Run Trailhead on the north to the intersection with CR 456 on the south)
- Baldy Road/CR 520 (from the Baldy Trailhead at Emmet Lode/CR 536 to the road’s terminus on Baldy Mountain)
- Boreas Pass Road/CR 10 (from the Boreas Pass Trailhead to Boreas Pass)
An open house on the request is set for Nov. 19, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the BOCC Hearing Room at the County Courthouse in Breckenridge. More detailed project information and maps will be available at the open house and can also be found on the Special Projects section of the Summit County Community Development website at: http://www.co.summit.co.us/index.aspx?NID=837. Continue reading
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Posted on November 8, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
In the shadows …
A black and white rendering of some frozen falls along North Tenmile Creek.
FRISCO — I am, for sure, a morning person and probably 75 percent of my photos are taken before noon. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a good sunset — I do, and many of the Summit Voice photo sets include those end-of-the-day vibes, but I’m definitely at my best and most inspired right around sunrise. But around this time of year, evening comes early — so early that I feel like it’s intruding into my day. Not complaining, just saying …
So Thursday evening, I headed up along North Tenmile Creek to revisit a few spots that I thought might be good in the evening light. Turns out I was just a bit late, and blue shadows dominated the canyon. I will have to rethink my strategy but in the meantime, here are a few evening scenes from around the Frisco area. Please visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscapes. Continue reading
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Posted on June 1, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Wildlife underpasses could help improve safety along Colorado Highway 9 between Green Mountain Reservoir and Kremmling.
Improvements would reduce costly and deadly vehicle-wildlife collisions
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado wildlife officials say they’re supporting a grassroots drive to raise money for wildlife overpasses and underpasses along Highway 9, near Kremmling. The goal is to reduce the number of vehicle-wildlife collisions on a 10.6-mile stretch of the highway between Green Mountain Reservoir and the Colorado River near Kremmling.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, wildlife collisions in this area have led to nearly 600 vehicular accidents in the last 20 years, including 16 human fatalities and almost 200 injuries. About 35 percent of the collisions were wildlife related. In addition, there have been nearly 450 animals killed — mostly mule deer — in the last eight years. Continue reading
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