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Colbert: The perils of mud season ignorance 2.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Dinosaur National Monument is a beautiful place to get stranded. At least, that was my thought as I attempted to get my bald-tired, two-wheel drive vehicle out of the canyon, Mother Nature doing her best to claim another flatlander who thought winter was finally finished. And, as the semi-blizzard turned the last week of April into a winter wonderland, it was clear I was in over my head. Before we get to the conclusion (spoiler: I survived), let’s discuss how I found myself in such an unfortunate predicament. Raised in Kansas, this is my first mud season in the mountains. And when my co-workers suggested we spend a random night in Dinosaur National Monument, a place I had never been, I was all for it. Located mostly in extreme northwest Colorado, Dinosaur is as remote as it is beautiful, and it can have a velociraptor’s temperament when you don’t take it seriously. We went on a whim one morning last week, barely a glance at the weather report and lacking any serious winter gear. If you believe in omens, ...
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San Rafael Swell's wild burros to get scientific scrutiny 29.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The shaggy dark brown creatures seen roaming free near Interstate 70 as they cross the San Rafael Swell once hauled uranium ore from mines that sustained Cold War bomb-making in the 1940s and ’50s. Known as the Sinbad herd, these burros are a lesser-known piece of Utah’s wild horse problem that’s saddled the Bureau of Land Management with conflicting mandates. Like their larger equine cousins, burros are protected under federal law, even though they are not native and feed on forage that rancher...
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Why Rep. Rob Bishop’s promises of wilderness ring false 28.4.2016 Writers on the Range
Famed forester Bob Marshall foreshadowed the loss of untouched lands in Utah.
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New 4,000-well drilling project proposed for Uinta Basin 9.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Despite the current downturn in oil and gas development, the Bureau of Land Management this week announced a massive drilling proposal spanning the heart of the Uinta Basin, covering three unincorporated towns, several rivers and two reservoirs and requiring hundreds of miles of new roads and pipelines. Crescent Point Energy, a Canadian firm that has been investing heavily in the basin since 2012, is seeking approvals to drill up to 3,925 wells on a 35-mile-long swath running east from Myton to ...
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The failed compromises of Rep. Rob Bishop’s public lands master plan 22.2.2016 High Country News Most Recent
The much-anticipated plan has ramped up the tensions between land users that it promised to defuse.
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Community Ag Alliance: Which way will the water flow? 20.2.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Living at the headwaters of the Yampa River and many of her tributaries makes it easy for us to take water for granted. We turn on the faucets, and water flows out. We open our headgates, and water rushes through. We put our boats into the rapids, and water takes us downstream. We toss a line into a high mountain lake, and a fish attaches itself to the hook. But things may change. The population in Colorado is predicted to double by 2050. Drought, wildfire, flooding or climate change could create circumstances we cannot currently imagine. Existing municipal and agriculture infrastructure will age, and the costs of replacement are rising. Our demands will grow, while the supplies dwindle. So who is watching out for Northwest Colorado? Who cares if we have enough water to meet our needs? Who is taking the challenge to guarantee our water will continue to flow? Many individuals and groups are working tirelessly on water issues, and the group that funnels everyone together is the Yampa-White-Green Rivers ...
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Mary Brown: Group focuses on water 11.2.2016 Steamboat Pilot
As the new chair of the Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basin Round Table, I’m writing today to give an update on some of the water issues being addressed both in Northwest Colorado and throughout the state. The Round Table was formed pursuant to the Water For The 21st Century Act passed by the Colorado Legislature in 2005. The Round Table currently has 13 members representing a variety of water stakeholders and interests in Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. Members are elected and/or appointed to their positions per the requirements of the statute, and the roster is filled with people who have a passion for preserving the water in our region. Officers are elected annually and must represent the Yampa and White river basins. Jackie Brown and Alden Vanden Brink, from Routt and Moffat counties respectively, now serve as the vice-chairs. Jon Hill from Rio Blanco is the immediate past-chair. We have met consistently since our formation to identify, quantify and address challenges of water quantity and quality ...
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Wildlife officials plan to use infrared to count elusive Utah herd of burros 20.12.2015 Denver Post: National News Headlines
Federal wildlife officials are planning to use infrared equipment to count the number of wild burros in an elusive Utah herd ahead of a spring roundup that's part of a new in-depth study of the animals.
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Wyoming seeks compromise on wildlife migration corridors 1.12.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Migration science has advanced, and the Game & Fish Commission is looking to reassess land use.
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What a save: Local kayaker's feat goes viral 19.11.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The video is astonishing , the kind that makes you holler to a friend, “You gotta see this!” “No, I promise this time.” “No cats, I swear.” “Just watch it.” In the video, Steamboat Springs adventurer Lucas Strickland is waiting beside a river, one positively roaring as water smashes through a tight corridor of rocks. A kayak comes through those rocks first, upside down and barely visible in the surf. Even less visible is the kayaker bobbing behind — above the surface for just a moment at a time as the river rages toward even bigger rapids. Kayaker and kayak float a little deeper into the screen before Strickland strikes. He jumps from the rocky shore into the white commotion, leapfrogs over the boat and pounces on the kayaker. His arms loop inside the boater’s life vest, and in a flash, they’re being hauled out. Strickland even manages to grab a paddle floating by as they reach shore and a crowd offers a loud salute. It’s a video that’s been viewed nearly 500,000 times, but as dramatic as it is, ...
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Scientists say West Salt Creek landslide still a threat 2.10.2015 Durango Herald
COLLBRAN – A new report on the landslide that killed three men in western Colorado last year warns that the landside remains a threat to nearby residents.The Colorado Geological Survey report says a pond that was formed when part of the Green River Formation faltered and slid down is a potential threat, The Daily Sentinel of Grand...
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Scientists say West Salt Creek landslide still a threat 1.10.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
COLLBRAN, Colo. (AP) — A new report on the landslide that killed three men in western Colorado last year warns that the landside remains a threat to nearby residents.
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Labor Day at Flaming Gorge 26.9.2015 Steamboat Pilot
“This is flaming gorgeous!” The one-liner comes from my daughter, Casey, as we motor our pontoon boat 13 miles up Utah’s Flaming Gorge reservoir to Carter Creek. Out of the wind rippling the main lake, the side canyon snakes through a Christmas scene of red cliffs flanked by pinyon pine. We shut off our engine a few bends back where the creek plunges in like Santa’s beard. To the side, other visitors are cannonballing off a 25-foot cliff into the water. • Guided tours of the hydroelectric plant and dam are offered daily, letting you elevator down inside the dam. Also visit the adjacent Visitor Center for history exhibits of the area. • Bear Canyon Trail is an easy three-mile round-trip for hiking and mountain biking, taking off just past the Cedar Springs campsite. • If you have a speed boat, visit the eastern side of Kingfisher Island, where a giant rope swing launches adrenaline-seekers into the lake. • Float the A section of the Green just below the dam, either on your own (if you have Class II ...
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Routt County investigates update of regulations designed to protect streams and ponds from development 24.9.2015 Steamboat Pilot
After hearing conflicting testimony from their constituents, Routt County commissioners agreed Sept. 22 to extend a review of their waterbody setback regulations to determine if an update is needed. The question is whether the waterbody setback regulations as drafted accomplish clean water without unduly hindering development, Commissioner Doug Monger told the gathering. The setback regulations, passed in 1996, are intended to protect rivers, streams and ponds from encroachment by human development. They prohibit driveways, structures and “improvements” — which can include grading the soil — from taking place closer than 50 feet from water bodies without a permit and unless they are “unavoidable.” There was some sentiment among the 23 people in attendance this week that, while waterbody setbacks are important, the one-size-fits-all approach might be too strict in some cases. Others suggested the setbacks are critical to the future of water supplies in the region. Bill Badaracca — a manager with the ...
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Judge denies Peabody Energy's request to strike protest song 23.9.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
A federal judge in Wyoming says it's tough luck that the world's largest private coal company doesn't dig a 1970s-era protest song.
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And the West is History 16.8.2015 Durango Herald
100 years ago: “A shipment of 75 boxes of peaches from A.H. Masters at Flora Vista consigned to a Denver brokerage firm, came in on the Farmington train, and is one of the largest single shipments of fruit made this season.”75 years ago: “Patrick and James McNamara, frisky youngsters of Mr. and Mrs. James McNamara...
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Community Ag Alliance: An open letter to Colorado water users 14.8.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Dear Colorado water users: When the waters get rough, the rough retreat. So it was when the Yampa/White/Green Roundtable met in Meeker in a first-ever retreat to discuss where to go from here now that the Basin Implementation Plan for the Colorado Water Plan is complete. As these plans wind their way downstream to the confluence of completion (comments are due on the second draft of the CWP by Sept. 17), the Roundtable convened to outline its next steps. The goal on everyone’s mind was how to implement the elements outlined in the Basin Plan. Where to start and how to tackle the deep and rapidly changing subject are the challenges. Pre-meeting agenda discussions had settled on two thorny issues that need in-depth discussion and will have to be worked on indefinitely. The first was non-consumptive water use, or in plain speak, what to do about the fish, which get squeezed and warmed up. The other is the Colorado River Compact and its attendant concerns within this basin, particularly as to how regional ...
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True-crime author Ann Rule dies at age 83 28.7.2015 Denver Post: National News Headlines
SEATTLE (AP) — True-crime writer Ann Rule signed a contract to write a book about an unknown Seattle serial killer six months before he was identified as her co-worker Ted Bundy, who shared the night shift at Seattle's Crisis Clinic.
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Dinosaur National Monument celebrates 100 years 25.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Come October, Dinosaur National Monument will celebrate its 100th birthday, and park staff as well as surrounding communities are coming together to highlight all of the features and attractions that make the monument an international tourist hotspot. President Woodrow Wilson declared the area a national park on Oct. 4, 1915 after paleontologist Earl Douglass discovered a large amount of fossils in a quarry in northeastern Utah. Douglass was exploring the area for fossils to send back to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. After thousands of fossils were excavated and sent to the museum for study, Wilson set aside 80 acres to be considered National Park land. In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt expanded the park to 210,000 acres in order to protect stretches of the Green River and the Yampa River. The monument spans across Colorado and Utah in the southeast portion of the Uinta Mountains, a subrange of the Rocky Mountains. The fossils date to the Jurassic period — the period most highly ...
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Biking the line between wilderness and civilization 18.7.2015 High Country News Most Recent
A bikepacking trip in Canyonlands offers a new look at a well-travelled landscape.
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