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Today's Sports

  • Storksbill blooms may be seen in...

    Once more, a fine snow is drifting down on the meadows that surround me. Elk Run Assisted Living is located in an offshoot of the Elk Meadow Open Space area.

    I watched the fog move across the meadow and as usual this time of year, it brought another snowstorm with it. The grasses in the meadow are dry, tan or yellow, with nary a sign of spring green.

  • No matter how you spell it, it’s...

    I don’t know how to write this article about bluebirds, blue birds, Blue birds or Blue Birds found in this area. All four spellings plus a hyphenated form are found in various bird books. I, myself, prefer the single word of bluebird.

    Friends returning last week from Santa Fe told me they had seen bluebirds eating juniper just south of the state line in New Mexico. My friends thought the birds were on their way back for the summer. They well may have been.

  • Streams near ski area eyed as...

    Endangered greenback cutthroat trout could get a new home in the Herman Gulch and Dry Gulch streams north of Loveland Ski Area.

    State Parks and Wildlife officials want to make way for Colorado’s state fish to reproduce in those streams by removing other fish populations there. Biologists plan to start the project sometime in February, according to Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for Parks and Wildlife. Several of the officials discussed the project with Clear Creek’s county commissioners at a recent meeting.

  • First phase of Peaks to Plains...

    The first phase of the Peaks to Plains Trail in the Jeffco portion of Clear Creek Canyon is nearly completed, said Scot Grossman, Jeffco Open Space project manager.

    “All that’s missing is some railing,” Grossman said during his report to the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on Feb. 5.

  • Hiwan Museum, Lookout Mountain...

    Dressed in period attire, John Steinle, history education supervisor for Jeffco Open Space, was talking about volunteer opportunities at the Hiwan Homestead Museum on Saturday. Volunteers are needed as tour guides, receptionists and history educators at the museum, Steinle told attendees at a volunteer recruitment fair at the Jeffco Open Space office in Golden. Standing beside Steinle was Alicia Vermilye of the Lookout Mountain Nature Center, who was looking for volunteer naturalists.

  • There’s more to see outdoors in...

    It often seems like there is not much to see in the outdoors in winter, but if you look around, you will be surprised at how much activity there is. Tracks in the snow will inform you about the animals that have been visiting your area, and weeds that last summer were stalks standing above the snow will inform you about what grew in your yard last summer.

  • House finches difficult to...

    The most abundant birds at my feeder today are house finches, Carpodacus mexicanus. Although most of the literature says immature birds turn red by September, the ones at my feeder have been just as brown as the females but are just now beginning to turn red as are the adult males.

  • Park district looking at ways to...

    The fatal accident Jan. 22 at Evergreen Lake has led the Evergreen Park and Recreation District to cancel all events planned this winter on unmaintained areas of the ice while exploring ways to ensure the safety of those venturing onto the frozen surface.

    Idledale resident Greg Henika was grooming ice for the Ice Golf Tournament sponsored by Blue Spruce Kiwanis when the ATV on which he was riding fell through an area of thin ice.

  • Mountain alders produce seeds...

    The famous January thaw seems to be well known in most of the winter areas. It certainly is here. Several days last week were very spring-like with 50 degrees, warm southeast winds and mostly sunny skies.

    This made everyone feel like spring was coming, and we had spring fever in the middle of winter. This is one of the things that makes year-round life in the foothills bearable and gives us courage for the long winters that we do have. Real spring doesn’t arrive here until May, so it is these spring-like days that make it possible for us to survive.

  • Rabbits, hares not as abundant,...

    Reprinted from Jan. 25, 2012

    Winter is always a good time to look for rabbit tracks in the snow. There are two rabbits that can be seen in this area and a third that can be seen farther afield in Colorado.