‘Energy Navigator’ tracks use, guides active management of heating, cooling and lighting systems
By Cameron M. Burns
Through a combination of energy efficiency and actively managing energy use, the Summit School District is on track to save more than $100,000 in energy costs this year.
In fact, after investigating the operation of lighting and HVAC equipment at Summit High School in the summer of 2012 with a new energy-management system called the Colorado Energy Navigator, Summit School District facilities manager Woody Bates and his staff were able to cut energy use by more than $50,000 during the three-month June-to-August 2012 period compared to the same period in 2011.
National Forest Foundation awards $650,000 for stewardship work
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Thanks to voluntary contributions from ski resort visitors, the the U.S. Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation will partner to invest about $650,000 in forest restoration and recreation projects. The donations are collected in a voluntary add-on to ticket and lodging sales, a dollar or two at a time.
FRISCO — Cycling and wrangling over marijuana legalization are both popular topics in Colorado these days, which is reflected by this week’s list of most-viewed stories. Third on the list, surprisingly to me, was a somewhat wonk-oriented story about a conservation bill introduced in Congress — but maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise, since anything that involves bipartisan compromise in Washington, D.C. these days is truly newsworthy.
Two of the Summit Voice photo essays also managed to crack the top-10 list, including some sweet shots of our big spring snowstorm, and, of course, a pair of stories about the deadly Loveland Pass slide were also in the mix. Click “Read More” to see the list, as well as a roundup of headlines. Continue reading “Summit Voice: Week in review and most-viewed stories”→
Since the IG’s office documented a total of almost 200 spills on national forest lands in 2010 and 2011, it’s more than just a hypothetical exercise, and with oil and gas activities expected to ramp up on the White River National Forest, there are implications close to home. Read the story here. Continue reading “Summit Voice offers a unique Colorado news feed”→
Agency may someday build new facilities along Dillon Dam Road
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — The ongoing process of selling an 11-acre parcel of national forest land in Dillon got a temporary setback a few months ago when a federal court ruling in California required the Forest Service to reset public comment periods on some projects — including the Dillon conveyance.
Forest Service land specialist Kevin Warner said the agency only received a handful of comments during the initial comment period back in February. He emphasized that anyone interested in having standing in the ongoing process needs to comment again in the new comment period, which ends
As a result of the decision, the White River National Forest is once again taking comments on the proposed sale of the Dillon property, which includes warehouse and storage buildings as well as a few residences for long term and seasonal staff and volunteers. Details on the conveyance are online at this Forest Service website.
SUMMIT COUNTY —Updates on the rapidly growing High Park Fire quickly jumped to the top of the most-viewed list, along with several other stories related to Colorado weather and the building drought. Click on the headline to read the story and
SUMMIT COUNTY — A quick snapshot of page views from the past week shows readers tuning in both to national environmental stories and local and state coverage. An article on the stunning decline of reef shark populations near inhabited U.S. islands zoomed up to the top spot with a listing in the main Google News feed, while the Corn Harvest story was helped by word-of-mouth and social media. Click on the headlines to read the story and share with your own social media networks via the handy little link buttons at the end of each story.