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Where Lightning Strikes in Colorado
Click to embiggen Now you know why Nikola Tesla built a laboratory in Colorado Springs in 1899 , right in the central red patch. This map was created at the National Weather Service office in Pueblo, Colo., where its page includes links to more maps for the...
The maps of Colorado and the United Statea show the number of Cloud to Ground (CG) lightning flashes per square kilometer per year. . . . The lightning flash density maps of the world show total lightning activity, that is, Cloud to Ground (CG) lightning plus In-Cloud (IC) lightning.
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Walking with Dinosaurs at the Summer Solstice
Led by a white Forest Service pickup, the "auto tour" forms up. What I think of when I hear "auto tour." There is something old-fashioned about the phrase “auto tour”—
as in Picketwire Canyonlands Guided Auto Tour — which suggests maybe
a 1920 Studebaker Bi...
There is something old-fashioned about the phrase “auto tour”— as in Picketwire Canyonlands Guided Auto Tour — which suggests maybe a 1920 Studebaker Big Six “touring car” with the top down. Goggles and dusters absolutely required. We were instead in M's faithful 1997 Jeep Wrangler, ...
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A Last Chance to ROAR?
Opponents of zee artiste Christo's plan to cover miles of the Arkansas River with fabric have one more court date, and then they have run out of legal options . Rags Over the Arkansas River, the organized opponents, are appealing to the Colorado Supreme Cou...
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Rainy Weeks Help Eastern Slope Snowpack
I have not been diligent with the rain gauge, but according to the Wet Mountain Weather Facebook page, as of May 5th the foothills town of Beulah had gotten ten inches of precipitation (rain and snow melt) for 2015, which is higher than average.
I have not been diligent with the rain gauge, but according to the Wet Mountain Weather Facebook page, as of May 5th the foothills town of Beulah had gotten ten inches of precipitation (rain and snow melt) for 2015, which is higher than average. Posted by Chas Clifton at 10:15 AM ...
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Bear 1, Scout Camera 0
I went to check the scout camera nearest to the house on April 25th, and as I approached, I saw it lying on the ground. Apparently a brief series of events took place the day before. Here was a trail through the scrub oak, pine, and Douglas fir. Nothing hap...
I went to check the scout camera nearest to the house on April 25th, and as I approached, I saw it lying on the ground. Apparently a brief series of events took place the day before. Here was a trail through the scrub oak, pine, and Douglas fir. Nothing happening, it would seem — but something ...
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A Question of High-Altitude Terminology
I saw Marie Arana's biography of Simón Bolívar on the library shelf, and realizing that I knew only the minimal facts about him, checked it out. It's a good read. At one point in 1819, he is leading one of his small, ragged armies (including some British so...
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Is This How the Whole Dog Thing Started?
Ethiopian wolves hunt better with monkeys nearby — and then it is only an evolutionary eye-blink to women carrying Yorkshire terriers in their purses.
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The Conspiracy to Take Away Public Lands
John Gale from Backcountry Hunters and Anglers speaks to a rally at the Colorado State Capitol in February 2015 (Durango Herald). There is a threat to public lands in the West, and the mainstream media are largely igoring it. Even HighCountry News is ignori...
There is a threat to public lands in the West, and the mainstream media are largely igoring it. Even HighCountry News is ignoring it, but then HCN more and more focused on California — that must be where the big donors are). Unlike the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion of the mid-1980s, ...
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Colorado Ghost Towns You Never Saw?
How to write a clickbait title: " Five Colorado Ghost Towns You Probably Never Knew Existed ." Except that one of them is St. Elmo, which even has highway signage. Hasn't everyone in central Colorado been to St. Elmo? So let's call this "Four Colorado Ghost...
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"ATF" in Florence
There is an Internet meme to the effect that "ATF should be a convenience store, not a government agency ." You can buy the T-shirt . Down in Florence, Colo., that is almost true.
There is an Internet meme to the effect that "ATF should be a convenience store, not a government agency." You can buy the T-shirt. Down in Florence, Colo., that is almost true. Posted by Chas Clifton at 6:00 AM · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest ...
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Blog Stew Built from Stone
• Bishop's Castle, the hand-built fantasy castle that has become a southern Colorado icon, has a new owner—or not. There are complications . If you are on Facebook, there is this . • "Bent on Birding," a combination birding and historical-prehistorical tour...
Bishop's Castle, the hand-built fantasy castle that has become a southern Colorado icon, has a new owner—or not. There are complications. If you are on Facebook, there is this. • "Bent on Birding," a combination birding and historical-prehistorical tour of Bent County in SE Colorado, ...
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Amenities - Agora Anchorage
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Listing of amenities currently available at the 4A.

Reading Room & Library - Agora Anchorage
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Website for the Agora Anchorage or Agora4 community space, a dedicated gathering place for members of the Pagan, Wiccan, Heathen, esoteric,

Southern Rockies Nature Blog: Middle-schoolers in Shooting Spree! (Safely)
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"My favorite part is shooting guns. When I was little we used to go to the shooting range," said another student, Danielle Cooper. These stu

Southern Rockies Nature Blog: Windchimes in the Wets
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The Haunted Windchimes, a Pueblo-based folk/roots music band, playing outside the Songbird Cafe in Beulah, Colo., in the foothills of the We

Southern Rockies Nature Blog: Boots on the Ground: Backcountry Hunters &...
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I spent last weekend at the national rendezvous of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, and although I do not plan to write it up in a journalisti

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