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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.

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Summit County: Mudslide hits housing complex at Keystone

Super-saturated soils and heavy runoff are factors in recent slide in an area known for unstable slopes

Mud flows on June 2 ran up against the wall of a Keystone Resort employee housing complex. More photos at the end of the story.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — A large mudslide on Keystone Mountain inundated an employee housing complex near the Mountain House base area, damaging several exterior decks and walkways and covering several hundred feet of a road with mud a couple of feet deep.

The mudslide happened June 2, the same day the Keystone Gulch wildfire started, according to Keystone spokesman Ryan Whaley. Since then, crews have cleared the road and there are no impacts to summer operations at the resort. Whaley said the employee housing units were not occupied. There may be some water damage inside of some of the units, but the extent hasn’t been determined yet. The mud piled up to just below the windows of the units on the lower level. Continue reading “Summit County: Mudslide hits housing complex at Keystone”

Summit County: Most viewed stories, week in review

Torreys Peak.

Avalanche and wildfire coverage dominated the most-viewed story list this past week and citizen journalism was a big part of local coverage 

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — A big week at Summit Voice, with the story of the Torreys Peak avalanche death garnering thousands of views, even though the coverage was a bit delayed. We didn’t post a story until about 18 hours after the avalanche happened. We first heard about the deadly slide via the original social media network — from another parent at a kids soccer game. Wildfire coverage, with links to fire information web sites and fire photo galleries, continue to be of interest to readers, and a story about Sen. Mark Udall’s stand on the Patriot Act quickly picked up several hundred views.


“Leapin’ and hoppin’ on a moonshadow …”

A NASA image captures the Dec. 21, 2010 lunar eclipse just before totality. Click on the image to visit the NASA eclipse page.

SUMMIT COUNTY — It was bit cloudy in Summit County last night, so the view of the eclipse was not the best, but there are plenty of great images coming in from around the world. Visit Summit Voice at Storify for more.


Week in Review: From North Park to Mars!

Summit Voice coverage of Summit County and Colorado includes photoblogs. Click on the image to see some Memorial Day scenes, with backcountry skiing and fun in the sun along Dillon Reservoir. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.

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By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — We’ve ranged far and wide in Summit Voice the past couple of weeks, including to North Park, where reporting on water quality problems in a small stream on the Hell Creek Ranch helped prompt state regulators to speed up the process of issuing a new discharge permit with more stringent conditions that should help protect water quality. Read the initial story, detailing the problems, and the followup, with the response from the Colorado Water Quality Control Division.

Locally, we had video coverage of the Peak 7 neighborhood in Breckenridge, where residents are concerned about the potential fire danger from piles of slash left behind as Xcel cut down trees in the power line corridors. The utility company basically told residents they’re on their own, but local officials are looking into the situation.

Here’s the rest of the stories. Click on the headlines to read more and please share this post with friends via your social networks if you think it’s worthwhile. Summit Voice depends on electronic word-of-mouth, or social media, as it’s called these days, so spread the word.

Water main break busts Dillon retaining wall

Western power grid plans for renewable energy

County to extend medicinal marijuana moratorium

More headlines after the break … Continue reading “Week in Review: From North Park to Mars!”

Weekly Headlines: From nanotech to El Niño

A recent Forest Service study suggests that controlled burns help reduce carbon dioxide emissions as compared to wildfires on the same scale.

This past week in Summit Voice we wrote about a local entrepreneur who may open a nanotech manufacturing facility in Summit County, a Forest Service study showing prescribed fires may help manage carbon dioxide emissions and new research showing that the rate of ice melt in Greenland is speeding up alarmingly.

We also posted our first two videos thanks to contributor Jenney Coberly and also featured a couple of guest columns — one by local Dr. Don Parsons on health care reform and another by Trout Unlimited CEO Chris Hunt on oil and gas drilling.

Browse our news from the past seven days below and click on the headline to read more.

Is nanotech part of Summit’s economic future?

Posted on March 20, 2010 by Bob Berwyn

Latest high-tech wave could help diversify local economy.

Prescribed fire as global warming tool?

Posted on March 20, 2010 by Bob Berwyn

Summit Voice reports from Summit County, Colorado that new research shows that controlled burns may reduce the amount of carbon dioxide releases as compared to out-of-control wildfires.

Giant ‘Kelvin wave’ reinforces this year’s El Niño

Posted on March 21, 2010 by Bob Berwyn

From Summit County, Colorado, Summit Voice is reporting that a giant Kelvin wave swept across the Pacific Ocean in mid-February, reinforcing El Niño conditons that will continue to influence weather for the next few months.

Roaring Fork ranchers want more wilderness

Posted on March 21, 2010 by Bob Berwyn 

In Summit County, Colorado, Summit Voice is reporting on efforts to add new congressionally designated wilderness areas to the White River National Forest with the Hidden Gems campaign.

Students take spring break road trip — for a cause

Posted on March 21, 2010 by Bob Berwyn

Students from Colorado College will rally at stops around Colorado on a spring break road trip to advocate for addressing the state’s transportation issues.

More headlines after the break … Continue reading “Weekly Headlines: From nanotech to El Niño”

Little known about Summit uranium prospecting

A nuclear power boom could lead to more uranium mining in Colorado. Environmental groups want more oversight, groundwater protection and public disclosure.

Watchdog group wants more public involvement, state sets April 15 public hearing to discuss rules on uranium mining, disclosure of exploratory activities and groundwater protection

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — An upcoming public hearing will help state officials finalize a new set of rules aimed boosting regulatory oversight of mining, especially in the areas of groundwater protection and public involvement in the early phases of mining and exploration.

The rules could benefit Summit County by requiring up-front notification of exploratory activities, said Jeff Parsons, an attorney with the Lyons-based Western Action Mining Project. According to Parsons, there is currently a permit for uranium exploration in Summit County, but little is known about the activity because of existing levels of confidentiality.

Summit County could create its own permitting process for prospecting and mineral exploration, Parsons said, explaining that such a step would give citizens more information about potential mining at the earliest stages. The new rules would also apply to other types of mining.

The rulemaking was triggered by passage of two new state laws in 2008. With a looming nuclear power boom, lawmakers wanted to address uranium mining in particular, Parsons said. The watchdog group advocated for stronger groundwater protection and more public involvement throughout the early stakeholder meetings that began in May 2009. So far, the process has been a model for good government and transparency, he said.

Continue reading “Little known about Summit uranium prospecting”