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  • It's March, and People Are Starting to Get a Little Funny

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Monday March 9th, 2015 at 09:46 AM

    A neighbor posts in a local buy-and-sell group on Facebook: I have several pickup loads of gently used snow I would part with at a very reasonable price. No deliveries. You haul. Message me fer details.
  • Women Going Feral — And Then Writing

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Sunday March 8th, 2015 at 01:29 PM

    Last fall, during a layover at Sea-Tac airport, I was checking email on my laptop when this young woman walked up and asked if she could share the table (there were too few of them). She had two books with her one of them was Cheryl Strayed's Wild, while the other was a novel. "I can't decide which one to read," she said. "Read Wild," I said. "My wife loved it I've read parts of it it's good." Later, M. and I saw the movie, which was overlooked in the Oscars too odd for the judges, too...
  • Some Spring 2015 Weather Predictions

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Saturday March 7th, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Square_140_spring_2015_precip_outlook When it comes to the temperature chart, at least, it seems that readers in British Columbia and Alberta could just extend the shaded zones through Canada. Or compare Environment Canada's long-range forecast products.
  • What Does Cañon City, Colo., Have in Common with Harlan County, Ky?

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 at 08:31 AM

    They both have coal mining or did, in Cañon's case. And they both have fictional U. S. marshals who make up the law as they go along.
  • Colorado Snowpack, February 25, 2015

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Saturday February 28th, 2015 at 08:46 AM

    Square_140_snowpack From the Rocky Mountain Coordination Center, which supplies fire weather forecasts but has quite a bit of current weather information.
  • The Ultimate "Prepper" Gun?

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Tuesday February 17th, 2015 at 02:45 PM

    Check that store-bought hex nut.At The Firearms Blog, Nathaniel F. reviews a Mongolian snaplock carbine owned by friend-of-this-blog Steve Bodio. In Central Asian villages, even blacksmiths are uncommon, which means field-expedient repairs are common, and many percussion weapons get converted to the easier-to-maintain flintlock ignition. Purpose-built guns like these would be purchased by shops on rare trips to larger towns. The quality of the weapons would typically be fairly uneven, so...
  • How Not To Become Prey

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Sunday February 8th, 2015 at 01:37 PM

    Bears biting backpackers. Mountain lions munching mountain bikers. Every time that some carnivorous critter bites or kills a human, there will be voices proclaiming, "They were here first. We live on their territory." That is true in a long historical view and it is also true that human populations have lived alongside big carnivores throughout history but Wyoming writer Cat Urbigkit's new book, When Man Becomes Prey: Fatal Encounters with America's Most Feared Predators, adds some nuance...
  • How to Give Directions

    from Southern Rockies Nature Blog

    Saturday February 7th, 2015 at 01:24 PM

    Seven or eight of the volunteer firefighters are engaged in hauling brush that a resident cut back around his barn part of a grant-funded wildland fire mitigation project. When it's loaded, the chief gives directions to the ranch where the brush will be dumped into gullies for erosion control: "Go down J_________ Hill and turn left by the corral where they found the body." And I have now lived here long enough that I knew where he meant.
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