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Reservoir water breaches spillway

Barbara Lawlor, Boulder County.  At 4 a.m Sunday, May 29, Barker Reservoir’s water oozed over the dam spillway, just a little splash at first, then a trickle, then a flow, and ...
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Ready, set, plant

Barbara Lawlor, Peak to Peak. At last. The official mountain garden season begins, the first week of June, beyond the last hard frost, time to pick up those pansies, petunias, and perennials ...
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Colorado Water Catchment

Colorado ‘Water Catchment’ bill allows for rain barrels at  private residences Janet Perry, Denver. Water rights in Colorado are based upon prior appropriation and senior water ...
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Naturally Speaking : Got Snow?

Dave Hallock, Eldora.  Last month’s snowstorm came 95 years after the benchmark storm for our area, which occurred on April 14 and 15, 1921. A total of 95 inches of snow was recorded ...
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Climate Conversations : METHANE POLLUTION

Clyde Burnett, Peak to Peak.  Ben Franklin’s 1774 letter describing the emission of “flammable air” from the mud in ponds in PA and NJ inspired the identification of methane, ...
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Living on the Mountain

Welcome to “It’s Your Turn”. This is the only completely reader written issue each year. The Mountain-Ear welcomes your submissions every week, but once per year we ...
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Colorado Forest Health

Irene Shonle, Director CSU Extension in Gilpin County.  The 2015 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests from the Colorado State Forest Service is out. As always, there are fluctuations ...
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“Wolf Dictionary”

Barbara Lawlor, Nederland.  Until Jane Wodening was three years old, she was a quiet little creature who stayed in her room with her dog, Points. She learned how to read her body ...
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Homelessness and our community

Dear Editor, It’s that time of year again when the talk around town starts to turn to the seasonal return of the transients (campers, travelers, etc.) and all the problems they seem ...