Posted on April 26, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The U.S. Senate wants to keep air traffic moving.
Budget shuffle could enable FAA to avoid furloughs
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — With the busy summer travel season already winding up, the U.S. Senate acted to try and prevent more delays at U.S. Airports. The bipartisan deal to give the FAA more budget flexibility was led by Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).
The Reducing Flight Delays Act gives the U.S. Secretary of Transportation the flexibility to transfer discretionary funds into the FAA’s operations budget to prevent essential employees, such as air traffic controllers, from being furloughed. (more…)
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Posted on April 22, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Rocky Mountain National Park is fifth-most visited
Great Sand Dunes National Park may not be one of the most-visited, but it’s definitely one of the most intriguing. Bob Berwyn photo.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Even though Hurricane Sandy forced the closure of some popular national parks in the Northeast late in the year, overall visitation to national parks surged to 282 million in 2012. National Park Service officials said it was the sixth-highest total ever, even though the agency estimated 2 million fewer visitors as a result of park closures caused by Hurricane Sandy. (more…)
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Posted on April 19, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
It’s not ALWAYS wild …
Looking out at the Golden Gate Bridge makes you realize you’re about as far west as you can be in the U.S.
FRISCO — When I saw this week’s #FriFotos theme I was pretty excited. After the West is where I first really spread my photography wings and learned to fly. In the early days, it was all I could do to hold the camera steady and straight while taking in those jaw-dropping vistas. Today, places like the Golden Gate Bridge still make my jaw drop, but thanks to digital photography and a slightly more sophisticated approach and technique, I do manage to capture a decent shot every now and then. Join in the Twitter chat fun by uploading your favorite west-themed pics and tagging with #FriFotos and posting them to Twitter. (more…)
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Posted on April 12, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The royal color
Under a purple glow deep in the bowels of Ali Pasha’s castle in Butrint, Albania, a bartender named Napoleon made a hot raki drink for us using a tiny campstove. Photo courtesy Leigh Wadden. Click here to learn more about Butrint.
FRISCO —When the theme of this week’s #FriFotos Twitter chat was announced as “purple,” I knew that I had plenty of pics in the archive. After all, it’s one of my favorite colors, eye-catching and friendly. I was pretty sure I had plenty of purple wildflower images, but I wasn’t really sure what else I would find. It ended up being quite a mix of photos, from a pleasing purple balloon at the Frisco Oktoberfest to the deep purple of ripening olives on a Greek hillside. Learn more about #FriFotos here, and check out the Facebook page, too. (more…)
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Posted on March 31, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Tourism destinations around the world could benefit from a new policy encouraging Chinese people to travel.
Government wants to encourage both domestic and foreign travel
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Chinese travelers are already boosting tourism economies around the world, but a new national policy that specifically encourages travel abroad could lead to an increase surge of business at popular destinations, according to the World Tourism Organization.
The Outline for National Tourism and Leisure (2013-2020), issued by the State Council of China, the country´s highest level of government, presents a roadmap for restructuring the current paid leave system across China. (more…)
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Posted on March 29, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Nothing like a little deep-dish apple pie!
FRISCO — It’s been a few weeks since I joined in the #FriFotos Twitter chat, but when I saw that this week’s them was “dishes,” I couldn’t resist. I’m just one of those annoying people who likes to take pictures of food and share them. It bugs my family a little bit, but for me, it adds one final touch to the creative process of cooking, and it also helps me decide what to make for dinner sometimes, as in when I’m scrolling through my iPhone camera roll and I suddenly see something yummy and say to myself, “It’s about time to try that again!” To join in, upload you own favorite “dish” pictures, tag them with #FriFotos, then sit back and enjoy the show. (more…)
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Posted on March 28, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Researchers confirm dramatic meltdown
Dawn in the Antarctic Sound.
FRISCO — A new study once again confirms the rapid warmup of the Antarctic Peninsula, due to shifting wind patterns. The increased temperatures are manifesting in a longer melt season, with potentially huge consequences for ecoystems and physical features, including coastal ice shelves, which are already cracking and crumbling. There have already been big shifts in penguin populations, and krill, at the base of the Southern Ocean food web, is also at risk. Read the story to learn more, check out more Summit Voice coverage of Antarctica here.
A lone chinstrap penguin on an iceberg in the Antarctic Sound.
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Posted on March 19, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Down, but not out. Photo courtesy National Park Service.
Damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to be repaired in time for the busy summer season
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Along with inundating residential areas in the Northeast, Hurricane Sandy also caused extensive damage to the Statue of Liberty, destroying docks, crippling the energy infrastructure on Ellis Island and wiping out the security screening system.
But Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today said this week that the National Park Service expects to reopen the Statue of Liberty to visitors in time for Independence Day.
“[W]e are fully committed to reopening this crown jewel as soon as it’s safe for visitors and not a second later,” Salazar said. “Based on the tremendous progress we have made, Lady Liberty will be open to the public in time for the July 4th celebration.” (more…)
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Posted on March 10, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
National Wildlife Refuge System celebrates 11th birthday this year
Visit a National Wildlife Refuge this summer!
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — National Parks may get most the glory, but the country’s vast National Wildlife Refuge system has also earned a special place in the hearts of anyone who cherishes the thought of giving native animals a place to roam.
This month, the NWR system is marking its 110th birthday, and despite impending budget cuts resulting from the budget sequester, several sites will be holding special events to celebrate.
It’s not surprising that the first formal wildlife refuge was set aside by President Theodore Roosevelt, who created the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, along Florida’s central Atlantic coast, with an executive order in March 1903. (more…)
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Posted on March 8, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Travel dreams …
The Burren, an extensive karst formation in northwest Ireland.
FRISCO — A quick spin to some far-flung corners of the globe for some armchair travel in today’s photo essay … from Europe to the Caribbean, back to the Balkans and finally Patagonia, which really is as close to the ends of the Earth that you can get. Hey, a vicarious trip is better than no trip at all, right? Check our online gallery at FineArt America for more landscape images. (more…)
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