Summit Voice: Most-viewed and weekend headlines

Travel, climate and photography …

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Moonrise over Independence Mountain.

FRISCO — A short weekend travel blurb on the opening of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park quickly became the most-viewed story of the past week, followed by an architecturally themed photo essay — thanks, #FriFotos friends! Beyond that, the list included a hurricane season forecast, public land news, wildfires and climate and state wildlife and water stories. Click on the headline to read the stories and share this post with your friends.

 

 

Summit Voice: Most-viewed and weekend headlines

Climate, solar flares and rogue waves …

Antarctic ice. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.

Stats snapshot.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Google News once again played a key role in driving page views to Summit Voice — especially climate stories, but we also got some social media love from slashdot.org, an aggregation site that helped propel a story about the Aran Islands into the second spot on the most-viewed list. Facebook also was significant page-view generator this week. Five of the top eight stories were climate related this week, leading up to the interim climate talks in Bonn, Germany. Click the headline to read, and share the stories via your own social media networks with the links at the end.

Weekend headlines

 

Year in review: March – April

Online independent journalism in Colorado

Extensive environmental coverage in Summit Voice included several stories on Antarctica.

SUMMIT COUNTY — One of the biggest stories of last winter was the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that wracked Japan, severely damaging a nuclear power plant. A few weeks later, the EPA reported radioactive rain falling across the USA. While the levels of radioactivity were very low, the entire episode gave pause to the quest to develop new nuclear power plants, as some countries even announced they would close existing facilities: Radioactive rain reported from West Coast to New England.

Some of the fallout was reflected in public hearings on a proposed nuclear power plant near Pueblo: Pueblo hearing on nuclear plant extended to third night.

In March, Summit Voice continued its sustained and often ground-breaking coverage of forest health issues. While lawmakers continued to ask for more federal dollars, we asked whether more money is really the answer, unless you plan to beat the bugs to death with stacks of $100 bills: Forest health: Is more federal money the answer? Continue reading

Dec. 25: Sunday funnies!

Get your giggle on …

By Scotty Bondo.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Some Christmas weekend humor from local artist, entertainer and free-heeling, free-wheeling skier Scotty Bondo. Visit him online at www.scottybondo.com for more good stuff and scroll down for more cartoons along with a classic Charlie Brown Christmas video via YouTube. Continue reading

Summit Voice: Most-viewed and week in review

Avalanches in Utah highlight early season backcountry risks. PHOTO COURTESY UTAH AVALANCHE CENTER.

Skier-death stories top the list

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Ski-related deaths in Colorado and Utah topped the Summit Voice headlines, as coverage of the season’s first deadly avalanche triggered a surge of traffic.

I was psyched to see that a somewhat wonky water piece also garnered some attention, as the Forest Service and ski industry face off over water rights. This story still hasn’t been reported by any other new outlet, not because it’s not important, but because it’s complex — and most papers these days don’t have the resources to keep reporters on staff who can understand and explain this stuff.

Click the headlines to read the stories and use the share buttons at the end of the posts to spread them via your own social media network.

Morning Photo: June!

The start of summer

June is the month our wild roses bloom.

“In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.  No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.”  
-  Aldo Leopold

SUMMIT COUNTY — An assortment of June photos; one of them will be the monthly calendar image in the soon-to-be-published Summit Voice calendar. Help us pick the image by voting in the poll at the end of the post. It’s a month that can send even the most down-to-Earth person into flights of poetry, so we’re including some notable quotes and verse to go along with the photos. Continue reading

Most viewed stories, week in review

A story about skijoring with dogs was the most-viewed story at Summit Voice last week. PHOTO BY ED KOSMICKI.

Skijoring, avalanches, snow sculpting and more at Summit Voice …

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY —A fun story on the Feb. 5 skijoring workshop at the Breckenridge Gold Run Nordic Center quickly jumped to the top of the charts in just a day, thanks to some social media help from Breckenridge Ski Area’s Twitter feed.

The story on the near-miss avalanche at Vail Pass also picked up several hundred page views in just a few days, as did the report on a proposed law (now dead) that would have reduced liability for mountain bike guides and venues, while the Randomness photoblog ranked fourth and video post by Jenney on the 11th hour snow sculpting activities rounded out the top five in the running total tally.

On the state level, we covered the launch of a new organization seeking to win public support for civil union legislation: Colorado: Civil unions bill to be introduced.

An important national story covered the establishment of a new scientific integrity policy at the Department of Interior, which has taken flak for the way it handled oil drilling studies and permits, and for its previous mismanagement of the endangered species program: Interior Dept. adopts new scientific integrity policy.

More headlines after the break … Continue reading

Commentary: Carbon tax needed to curb CO2 emissions

A map from the United Nations Environmental Programme shows relative CO2 production worldwide.

Leading climate economist argues that carbon tax would reflect true cost of global warming impacts

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The oft-discussed cap and trade model for limiting carbon greenhouse gas emissions is inefficient and ineffective, according to Yale climate economist William Nordhaus, who last week advocated for supplementing or replacing cap-and-trade with a flat carbon tax that reflects the true environmental and societal costs of global warming.

Writing in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Nordhaus describes carbon dioxide emissions externalities, with social consequences not accounted for in the market place. They are market failures because people do not pay for the current and future costs of their emissions, he wrote. A carbon tax could be a useful means to cut budget deficits while meeting environmental objectives, he said. Continue reading

Morning photo: Summit snow

Catching the light fantastic …

The peaks of the Gore Range catch fire with the first rays of sun.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Taking a cue from the magpies that perch in tip of an aspen outside my kitchen window (scroll to the last picture), I try to get out early some mornings to catch the first light. It’s refreshing, therapeutic and rewarding, and wakes me up even better than that first cup of coffee. Following are a few scenes from recent daybreak (and one sunset) moments around Summit County. Click on read more to see the rest … Continue reading

Morning photo: Some favorites

From the Imagekind gallery …

Solo by Bob Berwyn

A lone adelie penguin.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Some of the best shots from my Imagekind Gallery, where you can buy prints and framed prints and even get a preview of different color mattes. Visit the gallery to browse more photography and maybe get a Christmas present or two. Continue reading

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