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Taking the Hitchhikers to Ludlow
Ludlow Massacre monument (Wikipedia) It was a summer day in the mid-1970s and I was driving my ten-year-old Ford pickup down Interstate 25, heading back from Denver to my summer construction job in Taos. (I had gotten a couple of days off; there was a lady ...
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Western Mountain Snowpack April 1, 2014
Click to embiggen View previous months and years at the National Water and Climate Center .
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Wolves on the Colorado Ballot?
Colorado is known for its frequent citizen initiatives to change its constitution, which is why the state constitution is now almost as along as the Boulder telephone book. In a discussion of the ecological phenomenon of the "trophic cascade" at Colorado Co...
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Middle-schoolers in Shooting Spree! (Safely)
Students from Craver Middle School in Pueblo County get a supervised trip to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Range out at the reservoir (with video). There is an Project Appleseed tie-in, not well explained—but what do you expect from local television. The ...
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Three Plead Guilty to Poaching
 (News release) Three Colorado men have been temporarily banned from hunting and fishing after pleading guilty to several charges in a poaching incident in October 2012. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission recently handed down the suspensions after a...
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Why I Would Not Man the Barricade for Cliven Bundy
The stand-off over Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's refusal to pay public-lands grazing fees has energized a lot of people who are starting to think that the federal government is oppressive. Maybe so. You can count on federal law-enforcement to be clumsy and ...
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Nicely stated...and with some great subtle humor. Worth a read. Quick and to the point. 
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Sunlight and Body Weight Connected?
Get up and out in the sunshine early in the day, and you will be slimmer , says this article. A surprising new strategy for managing your weight? Bright morning
light. A new Northwestern Medicine study reports the timing, intensity
and duration of your li...
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Hummingbirds Slo-o-o-o-wed Down
In about three weeks ( three weeks! ) it will be time for the first hummingbird to arrive, and shortly thereafter, the Hummingbird Wars will start as they chitter and streak from feeder to feeder under the veranda roof. This video slows their voices and mot...
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You Can't Burn 'Em, You Can't Plow 'Em: SE Colorado's Tumbleweed Blizzard
Southeast Colorado county officials try to deal with the combination of blustery spring winds and last summer's bumper crop of tumbleweeds ( Russian thistle ). Burning kills the seeds, but you cannot burn them when it is windy. And the various mulching solu...
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Outside Investigator Praises Black Forest Firefighters
KKTV in Colorado Springs has a good story (text and video) on the recent independent investigation into last summer's Black Forest Fire. The report said that Black Forest Fire/Rescue Chief Bob Harvey, his volunteers, and the other departments that initially...
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