Wild roses in the high country of Colorado responded to the wet spring by producing especially large blossoms this year.
Morning light on Buffalo Mountain.
Sunset over Colorado’s highest peak.
FRISCO —From dawn to dusk, the light has been fantastic the past few days here in the Colorado high country. I was able to range a little farther from home than usual, visiting Leadville a couple of times for teen-run music festival and stopping by Mayflower Gulch along the way. From the scruffy foothills east of Leadville, the view of the giant Sawatch range is always impressive and it was a special treat to watch the sun set behind Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak. Mayflower Gulch is pretty amazing any time of year, but really comes to life with wildflowers in mid-summer.
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SUMMIT COUNTY — Decades of industrial-scale mining left parts of the Upper Arkansas around Leadville mostly lifeless, but restoration efforts at the California Gulch Superfund Site, along with treatment of contaminated water, should help boost some aquatic life to one of Colorado’s big rivers.
This summer’s project is a key part of the federal and state effort to restore an 18-square mile area where mining led to the discharge of heavy metals and acid at the headwaters of the Arkansas, making the river in that area unable to sustain healthy fish populations. The river currently supports a good trout population because of earlier mine cleanup efforts and will be further enhanced by the upcoming habitat improvements. Continue reading “Colorado: New life for the Arkansas River”→
Specifically, the by board of directors and the U.S. Forest Service are updated the corridor management plan and interpretive master plan for the 115-mile loop through some of Colorado’s most spectacular terrain.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County coroner Joanne Richardson reported Saturday evening (Dec. 4) that 33-year-old Mark Mortimer, a Leadville resident, died in a single-car accident at mile marker 15 while headed south on Highway 91, between Copper Mountain and Leadville.
Richardson said Mortimer was a snow groomer at Copper Mountain Resort. She said Mortimer was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car in the accident.
The exact cause of death has not been released pending X-rays and toxicology tests.
Lake County officials looking for local connections to generate interest in corporate jet traffic
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Jet-setting Powdr Corp execs flew in and out of the Leadville airport at least 10 times in the months leading up to the sale of Copper Mountain, leading Lake County officials to think they might be able to tap into a new business niche for the country’s highest landing strip.