May 1, 2013
Colorado animal shelter gets environmental with excrement
It is estimated that 166 million cats and dogs in the U.S. in 2011 produced about 15.4 million tons of droppings.
And most of the annual droppings ends up in landfills.
Read how an animal shelter in Colorado is working with an Aurora-based company to put a dent in that waste by composting 2.5 tons of the shelter’s yearly “yard art.”
(Source: The Denver Post)

Colorado animal shelter gets environmental with excrement

It is estimated that 166 million cats and dogs in the U.S. in 2011 produced about 15.4 million tons of droppings.

And most of the annual droppings ends up in landfills.

Read how an animal shelter in Colorado is working with an Aurora-based company to put a dent in that waste by composting 2.5 tons of the shelter’s yearly “yard art.”

(Source: The Denver Post)

January 16, 2013
Colorado ag secretary John Salazar is thrilled his little brother, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, is on his way back to Colorado

(Source: The Denver Post)

December 28, 2012
A reindeer calf looks through a fence
Reindeer herder Anna Jemmett from the Glenmore Reindeer Centre tends a herd of free ranging reindeer in the Cairngorm Mountains near Aviemore, Scotland. The 150-strong Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain’s only herd of reindeer.

A reindeer calf looks through a fence

Reindeer herder Anna Jemmett from the Glenmore Reindeer Centre tends a herd of free ranging reindeer in the Cairngorm Mountains near Aviemore, Scotland. The 150-strong Cairngorm Reindeer Herd is Britain’s only herd of reindeer.

November 10, 2012
From ending tax breaks for oil companies to an overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service to raising taxes on millionaires and back to repealing tax breaks for oil companies, here are 13 things that would have passed the U.S. Senate if not for the filibuster. (AP photo)

From ending tax breaks for oil companies to an overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service to raising taxes on millionaires and back to repealing tax breaks for oil companies, here are 13 things that would have passed the U.S. Senate if not for the filibuster. (AP photo)

August 23, 2012

Colorado’s trash is China’s treasure, with scrap shipped overseas

Colorado’s biggest export to the world’s second-largest economy last year wasn’t high-end instruments or industrial machines. For the first time, it was scrap metal and waste products

Colorado isn’t alone in that regard. About 40 percent of the United States’ scrap and recyclable waste goes abroad, and China over the years has become the biggest buyer. A trade imbalance in China’s favor allows America’s waste products to be economically shipped such long distances.

Colorado exported more than $124.4 million in scrap and waste products to China last year, up from $8.3 million in 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That included $62 million in aluminum scrap, $47.2 million in copper and $7.4 million in paperboard.

August 15, 2012
Bad Wyoming ground squirrels invading Colorado’s Western Slope
The squirrel known around here as “Wyoming” can best be described as a dumpy and bossy bachelor boy.
Wyoming has been digging burrows in research plots at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and has been aggressively attacking and running off a cuter, less destructive chipmunk-like cousin that used to claim this high mountain hillside as his home.
The Wyoming squirrel doesn’t much like trying to play cute with humans and has been observed actually wrestling down its chipmunk-like cousins.

Bad Wyoming ground squirrels invading Colorado’s Western Slope

The squirrel known around here as “Wyoming” can best be described as a dumpy and bossy bachelor boy.

Wyoming has been digging burrows in research plots at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and has been aggressively attacking and running off a cuter, less destructive chipmunk-like cousin that used to claim this high mountain hillside as his home.

The Wyoming squirrel doesn’t much like trying to play cute with humans and has been observed actually wrestling down its chipmunk-like cousins.

July 16, 2012

Colorado’s Great Places: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, designated in 2004, is one of the newest national parks in the nation. 

The highest dune, the 750-foot Star Dune, is the tallest dune in North America

From spring into early summer, Medano Creek runs through the national park at the base of the dunefield. It forms a popular “beach” where vistors relax and explore

The 30 square mile dunefield is surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks—some rising 13,000 feet. 

Also, check out a video of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve by Denver Post staff photographers. 

July 7, 2012

In High Park burn zone, folks battle flash flood threat

Dozens of volunteers filled thousands of sandbags Saturday in the High Park burn area, hoping to keep residents from suffering a double-whammy loss.

With flash floods threatening to add to the pain caused by last month’s wildfire, the volunteers spent five hours working near Falls Gulch in Poudre Canyon.

The fast and furious waters dumped a good foot of ash and debris in yards and roadways.

(Photos courtesy Dana Coffield, The Denver Post) 

July 2, 2012
Colorado wildfire: Waldo Canyon fire strengthened by dry conditions, low moisture
 A perfect combination of relentlessly hot temperatures, historically dry forests and an afternoon thunderstorm converged to feed a wildfire that burned hotter than 1,500 degrees and moved faster than firefighters could run.
Several fire managers have called this fire’s behavior “incredible” and the dry conditions in which it’s burning “historic.”
Moisture content in the trees and vegetation across the state are at a record low, leaving parched forests practically defenseless when fires roar through, Allen said. In addition to live vegetation, dead fuels have a moisture content of about 3 percent, causing the Waldo Canyon fire to burn hotter than the Hayman fire in 2002 — the biggest wildfire in state history in terms of acres.

Colorado wildfire: Waldo Canyon fire strengthened by dry conditions, low moisture

 A perfect combination of relentlessly hot temperatures, historically dry forests and an afternoon thunderstorm converged to feed a wildfire that burned hotter than 1,500 degrees and moved faster than firefighters could run.

Several fire managers have called this fire’s behavior “incredible” and the dry conditions in which it’s burning “historic.”

Moisture content in the trees and vegetation across the state are at a record low, leaving parched forests practically defenseless when fires roar through, Allen said. In addition to live vegetation, dead fuels have a moisture content of about 3 percent, causing the Waldo Canyon fire to burn hotter than the Hayman fire in 2002 — the biggest wildfire in state history in terms of acres.

June 17, 2012
Wildfire: Red slurry’s toxic dark side
With retardant’s potential threat to wildlife and water, authorities ponder limiting its use
The hundreds of thousands of gallons of red slurry that air tankers are dropping on Colorado forests to shield mountain houses from wildfires has a downside: It is toxic. Laced with ammonia and nitrates, it has the potential to kill fish and taint water supplies.

Wildfire: Red slurry’s toxic dark side

With retardant’s potential threat to wildlife and water, authorities ponder limiting its use

The hundreds of thousands of gallons of red slurry that air tankers are dropping on Colorado forests to shield mountain houses from wildfires has a downside: It is toxic. Laced with ammonia and nitrates, it has the potential to kill fish and taint water supplies.


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