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Thursday March 6th, 2014 at 07:00 AMNews from the other America. A headline on the Reuters news site reads "Winter travel survival tips," and I am thinking, yeah, blanket in the car, something to eat and drink, warm coat . . . But the subhead continues, "Heres what to do when your flight gets canceled." Get creative. Some people suggest that you call the service desk and tell them you want to book an international, first-class flight, in order to jump to the head of the queue. And if the plane crashes, remember the Chilean... Wednesday March 5th, 2014 at 07:00 AMThis is not reported on the five o'clock news, but solar activity is declining. A short video at the BBC, which I cannot embed, "Has the Sun Gone to Sleep?" explains what is happeninga possible return to the Maunder Minimum. The Maunder Minimum  of course was a period of almost no sunspots at all for decades and we saw a really dramatic period where there were very cold winters in the northern hemisphere. It was a period where you had a kind of mini ice-age. You had a period where... Tuesday March 4th, 2014 at 03:46 PMThe big news in southern Colorado back in the late 1970s was the Army's search for a new training area for mechanized troops. Fort Carson, formed during World War II (at the begging of city fathers who wanted soldiers' pay spent in Colorado Springs), was created by expropriating ranch land to create the 137,000-acre military reservation. But it was not enough anymore, the Army said. They wanted another training area close enough to shuttle units back and forth. Various locations were... Sunday March 2nd, 2014 at 03:36 PMThe forces of fog advance toward the house.Hoarfrost on Gambel oak. Yesterday felt like a clash of the weather titans. When I woke up, the air was foggy and the temperature about 20 F. I put on a warm jacket and took Fisher on the road climbing into the national forest. In little more than two hundred yards we had climbed out of the fog, and at the top of the first low ridge, it felt twenty degrees warmer. All day, a warmer westerly breeze fought the fog advancing up from the plains. (Sort of... Friday February 21st, 2014 at 09:23 AMIn January, the Colorado Div. of Parks and Wildlife named much of the Arkansas River a Gold Medal stream, a designation given to the state's best fishing waters. The Gold Medal reach is 102 miles long from the confluence with the Lake Fork of the Arkansas River, near Leadville, downstream to Parkdale at the Highway 50 bridge crossing above the Royal Gorge. The designation has been 20 years in the making, and although anglers have enjoyed the improved conditions for years, it is an official... Wednesday February 19th, 2014 at 02:43 PM16-man tipi and woodpile (Photo: Jamie Marchbank)The sociologist of religion Peter Berger is known for his 1967 book The Sacred Canopy. I was thinking about it Friday night as I lay in the snow just outside the Eagles Nest Wilderness, as the Jet Stream ripped across the Gore Range. Berger writes, "The sheltering quality of social order becomes especially evident if one looks at the marginal situations in the life of the individual, that is, at situations in which he is driven close to or...
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