Small area near Grand Junction has seen its share of financial ups and downs
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s not every day that a ski area goes up for sale, but Powderhorn, a small family oriented area on the Grand Mesa, near Grand Junction, is heading to the auction block August 4.
The property for sale includes four ski lifts, about 750 acres of real estate, a lodge with 16 guest rooms, as well as the mountain operations building, equipment maintenance facility, dry storage building and an administrative building. The ski area includes 600 acres of maintained terrain spread over 44 trails on national forest lands. Continue reading “Colorado: Powderhorn ski area to be sold at auction”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — With a few really busy days on tap, I quickly reached into the archives to pull out a few favorite Colorado scenes from some well-known — and a few lesser-known spots. Colorado is an amazing state for scenery. Many of these shots were taken from turnouts along major highways. A few I’ve left unidentified. Can you guess where they are?
Improved sites for hosts at Cow Creek South, upgraded highway intersection in the works
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — About $1.475 million in federal stimulus funding will be spent on improvements at Green Mountain Reservoir this summer, as the U.S. Forest Service finalized contracts for the work at the end of 2010.
SUMMIT COUNTY — As a Colorado landmark tree, the aspen gets a lot of attention, especially this time of year, when the stands are vibrant with fiery fall color.
This week, a different sort of blaze will roar through a 500-acre stand of aspens in the Battlements Roadless area north of Collbran, where land managers are using a prescribed burn to treat an area affected by sudden aspen decline, the term for a sudden die-back of the trees linked to stress from the 2002 drought.
The pace of the die-back has slowed considerably in the past couple of years, but Forest Service researchers are still trying to figure out how they might be able to revitalize some of the areas that were hit.
And even though sudden aspen decline has slowed in southwest Colorado, there is still a slower trend of aspen decline across the state, attributed in part to fire suppression, as well to over-grazing of young stands by elk.
Large ungulates thriving in various parts of Colorado; see some video clips of moose in Summit County at the Summit Voice YouTube channel
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — With the Grand Mesa moose herd at 150 animals and growing, The Colorado Division of Wildlife and residents of the area have teamed up celebrate the big critters with a day of their own.
Saturday, July 31, is Grand Mesa Moose Day, with moose viewing information, presentations about moose biology and moose history, presentations on how biologists transplant and track moose, and even a puppet show, all from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service visitor center atop Grand Mesa on Highway 65.
“Moose sightings are always fun for people and they’re becoming more common on the Grand Mesa as the population grows,” said Trina Romero, Colorado Division of Wildlife Watchable Wildlife Coordinator. “This event will teach people safe ways to see the moose and some great facts about moose in Colorado.” Continue reading “Grand Mesa to celebrate ‘Moose Day””→