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  • Lassie Makes a Comeback

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    Tuesday August 19th, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Pal, the proto-Lassie, in 1942 (Wikipedia)Entertainment-industry dog news is outside the remit of this blog, except that I recently mentioned Lassie's stint with some fictive version of the U.S. Forest Service "She," played by another descent of the legendary collie dog Pal, retains an 83 percent 'brand awareness' among Americans; words like 'loyal,' 'hero' and 'heartwarming' were most often associated with the character," reports the New York Times. With brand loyalty like that, Lassie can...
  • Blog Stew, Listed with Sotheby's

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Sunday August 17th, 2014 at 03:37 PM

    Want to buy a southern Colorado ghost town? It has been mostly restored, and it is a National Historic District too. Listed with Sotheby's real estate division, so not cheap. Wolverines will not get federal protection in Colorado as a "threatened" species. The pro-protection argument was based on projected climate change. This sounds like something from the Daily Mail but can the Lone Star Tick force you to become a vegetarian (or at least a piscavore)?
  • Sheep Mountain Wearing a Hat

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    Monday August 11th, 2014 at 04:05 PM

    Square_140_sheep_mountain_sm Sheet Mountain in western Huerfano County under an uncommon cap of cloud, post-thunderstorm. It and its neighbor, Little Sheep Mountain, are known for their carbon dioxide field. There is a jokey title in there somewhere.
  • Smokey is 70, How Old is Lassie?

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    Friday August 8th, 2014 at 09:01 AM

    Square_140_lassiecoreystuart A week ago we stopped in at "the lodge," the first time in years. Despite the merely average food (heavy on burgers and burritos) and watery coffee, it hits an emotional place for both M. and me. Creaky, uneven wooden floors, knotty-pine paneling for her it echoes similar establishments in the Vermont of her childhood, for me it is the same, only with memories of the Black Hills or little Colorado mountain resorts like Platoro or some place up in the Poudre River canyon. Near our booth in...
  • "Where the Arkansas Begins"

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Wednesday August 6th, 2014 at 03:37 PM

    Our watershed has a song! Performance by Devin James Fry for the bees in Austin, Texas. Tip of the big-brimmed hat to Kenny Paul at Pour House Coffee Roasters in Florence.
  • Walking in the Wets

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Saturday August 2nd, 2014 at 03:36 PM

    I apologize to everyone whose email I did not answer or whose editing job I am behind schedule on, but yesterday despite (because of?) the rainy week, I just had to get out of this house. So M., the dog, and I took a walk in the rainy forest and found some mushrooms, some to admire and some to eat. The Wet Mountains were living up to their name. That is Lake Isabel down below.
  • Memories of Floods Past

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Thursday July 31st, 2014 at 01:26 PM

    Square_140_disasterspueblosketch1933 flood waters at Union Station, Denver (Colorado Historical Society).At the end of a rainy week, let's remember some famous Colorado floods not the only ones, and not just last year's. Today is the anniversary of the 1976 Big Thompson Canyon flood, which killed 143 people, including a state trooper who was racing ahead of it, trying to warn people. (That canyon flooded again, less destructively, last September.) Sunday will be the anniversary of a flood that I was unaware of: the 1933...
  • Blog Stew: Who Lit the Fire?

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Thursday July 31st, 2014 at 06:00 AM

    After a year, is El Paso County about ready to prosecute someone for starting the Black Forest Fire? It seems obvious that it started at someone's home. Women & Guns celebrates a 25-year anniversary with a retrospective article about the magazine, concealed-carry purses, bra holsters, and the evolution of the firearms market. The Denver Post looks at the decline in Colorado's mule deer population, which I think the robust elk numbers tend to mask. Energy development on the Western...
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