A Moose in Rocky Mountain National Park

I was up in Rocky Mountain National Park this week with the family and it was a great day trip. What topped it off was the sighting of some moose in the headwaters of the Colorado River on the west side of the park.
We saw this moose below and I was able to safety take video of it by standing about 20 feet above it on a rocky cliff. If he became upset with me, there was a lot between him and me.

Just downstream was a cow moose and a newborn baby. I saw it from a distance but there was no way I was getting close to it. I don’t need momma coming after me or others.

This was so cool seeing moose in Colorado.

Bear vs. Bison: Alex Wypyszinski Snaps Photos Of Rare Hunt On Yellowstone National Park Road (VIDEO)

Bear vs. Bison: Alex Wypyszinski Snaps Photos Of Rare Hunt On Yellowstone National Park Road (VIDEO).
These are amazing photos of a grizzly bear chasing a burned bison in Yellowstone National Park. This is just nature taking care of nature.

http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&videoId=us/2010/11/01/dnt.bison.bear.park.ktvq

Canned beer takes off, I love Dale’s Pale Ale

I happened to find Dale’s Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Brewery over a year ago and then discovered another one of their beers, Old Chub Scottish Ale soon after.
I am loving their beer and the can’t be more right, beer tastes better from a can.

It looks like this notion is getting out. NPR just had a story about it today.

http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=112575361&m=112585050&t=audio

I am beginning to see more-and-more brewers can their beer. It is easier to get around, it tastes better by keeping light from hitting the beer and oxygen getting in, and it is more environmentally friendly.

Oskar Blues is strictly canning beer and I have seen cans of Fat Tire, from New Belgium Brewing Company, floating around also.

Look for more beer in cans at your neighborhood store.

Breckenridge’s wildfire-safety law, residents should be held responsible

Breckenridge’s wildfire-safety law rescinded – The Denver Post
Recently the homeowner’s in Breckenridge rolled back a law that is meant to protect homes, residents, and firefighters during a wildfire. This is plain stupid and ignorant.

Breckenridge and most mountain towns are having a big problem with homes moving out into the forest. But if there is a wildfire, there needs to be defensible space around that house to protect the home, homeowners, and specifically the firefighters who will be there trying to defend that space.

Well if homeowner’s don’t clear and thin the trees around their house, there will be no defensible space.

What Breckenridge was trying to do was put in an ordinance that required homeowners to do this so their would be defensible space. It was ground-breaking in Colorado.

Breckenridge is one of the mountain towns that has a lot of homes moving up into the trees. They are also having a big problem with the pine beetle, killing many of the trees that these homeowners are trying to protect.

But homeowners, many who live out-of-state, didn’t want to touch their beautiful trees. They felt the government was over-stepping their bounds. Well not me. Continue reading “Breckenridge’s wildfire-safety law, residents should be held responsible”

Electronics Recycling Event in Denver on March 7

LG Electronics and 9 News along with Comcast, Waste Management and the city of Denver will host an electronics recycling event at five locations throughout the metro area. The event will take place from 7 AM until Noon.
Drop off locations are at the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver, Southwest Plaza in Littleton, The Orchard Town Center in Westminster, The Town Center at Aurora, and Comcast in Inverness.

They will be accepting computers, televisions, monitors, printers, fax machines, consumer electronics, phones, and other computer peripherals. No large appliances. Check the website for more details.

If you take a computer cpu down, make sure you remove all personal information from it. They will make sure it is destroyed so no on can take the data off, but it is also better you take precautions also.

Thanks to LG Electronics for paying the recycling charge.

I will be taking some things and dropping them off. I hope you do too.

Democrats’ latest idea: gas stamps

TheHill.com – Democrats’ latest idea: gas stamps
You have got to be kidding. Gas stamps?  Is this the only thing the Democrats have?

Gas stamps are throw back to the great depression.  This is a great example of a top-down, entitlment approach to government the democrats are known for.

Instead of looking for ways to lower the price of gas, they are pushing an answer that is over 70 years old and technology that is still in the laboratory.

We need real action on maximizing our oil and gas supplies today while planning for the future, utilizing new technology that will help us in the future.

Not take a big step backwards!

Tree sitters in Berkeley cost California $21 Million plus

Tree sitters cost state $21M plus
The tree sitters at the University of California (Berkeley) have cost the state of California over $21 Milion and they are only being charged with misdemenors. They finally came out of the last tree this last week.

That is ridiculous, just ridiculous!

For those of you who don’t know, the Unviersity of California wanted to build a sports training center and make iife/safety code fixes to Memorial Stadium.  In order to do that, they needed to cut down a grove of oaks and redwoods.

The extremists took exception to the plan to cut the trees. It didn’t matter that they weren’t students or affiliated in any way with the University.  It also didn’t matter that the University was going to plant over two trees for everyone they took down.

They recently lost the last of their court challenges.

I feel that it is ridiculous and crazy that these people are only being charged with misdemenors.  They all should be charged with a felony and forced to reimburse the University and state of California.

What they cost the state and the Unviersity is more than money. The city was the laughing stock of the nation when Tennesse fans invaded last year. It also solidified the reputation of Berkeley being the nutcase of the world.

Rocky Mountain News gets it wrong about FasTracks

The Rocky Mountain News gets it wrong today in their editorial in today’s paper.  Their editorial, “Best of bad options: smaller FasTracks,” calls for cutting the North Metro, Northwest, and Interstate 225 FasTrack lines because the projected ridership is too low.
Well I would have to disagree.  I live up north and I am quite tired of getting the shaft in the metro Denver area.  All the infrastructure development (highways and light rail) are in the central and south.  

The commute in the north is now approaching, if not already, the worst commute in the metro Denver area.  On cue, the traffic backs up before 6 AM going south-bound starting at 84th Avenue and is quickly backed-up to 120th Avenue.  Let there be an accident and it it quickly up to 136th or 144th.

It is even worse coming home in the evening, coming to a complete stop at the intersections of I-25, U.S. 36, and I-76.

The I-225 corridor and U.S. 36 corridors are just as bad.

The north metro Denver area has seen explosive population growth, but no improvement in the infrastructure from the powers-that-be.  I would take Light Rail to work from the minute it opened.

I work at the Denver Federal Center.  I have explored taking the bus to work, but there is no good route and it would take me about 1 to 1.5 hours to get to work.  It is just not feasible when I can drive their in 30 – 45 minutes.  Light rail would get me there in a much more reasonable time with a lot fewer emissions.

I am tired of the north Metro area getting ignored by Colorado Department of Transportation and Regional Transportation District.  We pay taxes and deserve highways that aren’t always congested and a light rail system to help us get around.

By putting in the light rail to the north, I-225, and U.S. 36 corridor it would help take traffic off the roads, prolonging their life, and clean the air.  There is proof that people like Light Rail.  As soon as a line opens up, it is at capacity.

Maybe RTD and CDOT should partner with Regional Air Quality Council to develop more stable financing and other potential ways to cover the skyrocketing, which shouldn’t be blamed on RTD because the costs are rising much faster than thought would happen or was expected, while preserving FasTracks as envisioned by the voters.

Now don’t get me started about the city of Golden doing everything in their power to prevent the completion of the beltway around the metro Denver area.  They are a player in this community and the completion of this section of beltway will help reduce traffic and meet the air quality standards.

With the Democratic National Convention in Denver this week, the Democrats should step up and offer to help push through money to help complete this project and provide alternative transportation opportunities for metro Denver.

RTD, CDOT, Regional Air Quality Council, and Denver Regional Council of Governments need to come together and solve this conundrum.