Law Would Permit Access to Closed Colorado Fourteeners


Here’s a rundown on plans to open the Fourteeners back up:
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2006-02-16 Backcounty Accident Roundup: British Columbia, Spain, Maine, Montana, Russia

Accidents in North American Mountaineering (Accidents in North American Mountaineering) Backcountry accident reports on the wires on February 16, 2006.
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Google Earth Tour of Brokeback Mountain Locations





Download our Google Earth tour of Brokeback Mountain locations here

You of course need the free program Google Earth installed and a high bandwidth internet connection.

This was all prompted by the most popular thread ever when we discussed whether there are any Brokeback Mountains in the country.
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February 14, 2006 Backcountry Accident Reports

Backcountry accident reports through February 14, 2006.
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Google Earth Tour On How the Taum Sauk Collapse Went Upstream on the Black River

I have posted a Google Earth tour of the Taum Sauk reservoir showing how the wall of water actually went upstream of the Ameren complex.
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February 11, 2006 Linkage

State Highpoint News
Warm weather records broken on Mount Washington
Boston Globe – United States
MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH –Talk about a warm winter — it’s been raining on top of Mount Washington. Tim Markle, chief meteorologist …
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List of National Forest Land to Be Sold


The Forest Service hopes to raise $800 million by selling 300,000 acres of national forest land in “isolated parcels” to secure funding for rural schools. That amounts to 469 square miles and is less than 1 percent of the National Forest Land. By contrast Rhode Island is 2,000 square miles and Manhattan is 31 square miles. Here’s a calculator.

Amazingly Missouri ranks fourth in acreage identified for sale behind California (85,000), Idaho (26,000) and Colorado (21,572). Since I’m originally from Missouri I’ll break down the numbers further. The 21,000 acres in Missouri amounts to approximately 34 square miles. The City of St. Louis consists of an area of 61 square miles.
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Dog Advice in the Smokies





Mount LeConte Lodge With Pigeon Forge Below


Originally uploaded by americasroof.

The Washington Post has this advice on dogs in the Smokies.
The national park does allow dogs in campgrounds, picnic areas and along roads, including scenic overlooks — but pooches must be on leashes no longer than six feet. Dogs are also permitted on the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail. For people with pets, the park also recommends Mount Rogers and the Pisgah forest, among other national areas, and Kain suggests Shenandoah National Park, where dogs can trot along all but 20 miles of trails (out of a total 500 miles), and Grandfather Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains.



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NASA Runs Out of Cash For Mauna Kea Outrigger Telescope

NASA has cancelled funding plans for the controversial Outrigger telescope on top of Mauna Kea.
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85-Year-Old Mary Woodbridge’s Amusing Tale of Plans to Climb Everest

Here’s an amusing (tongue in cheek) tale of 85-year-old Mary Woodbridge to climb Everest with her dachsund Daisy.
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DNR: Black River Could Take 70 Years to Clear





Unusual color in Black River


Originally uploaded by Burningbird.

Missouri reports that efforts to make the Black River clear again following the December 14 Taum Sauk disaster apparently have failed



The Park City Daily Tribune quoted Randy Crawford, of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources saying the initial treatments have not been working.
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Flickr Photos Show Human Impact of Taum Sauk Disaster





A Baby’s Socks


Originally uploaded by Burningbird.

Burningbird at Flickr has a gallery of photos that show the human consequences of the Taum Sauk reservoir disaster.



At the risk sensationalizing the heartache of Taum Sauk superintendent Jerry Toop whose family and young children were washed away, the pictures show the human aspect of that tragedy ranging from baby socks to broken bikes.



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Missouri Considering Taum Sauk Disaster Museum

Missouri is mulling the possibilities of a Taum Sauk Disaster Museum similar to the Times Beach Dioxin Museum in St. Louis County.
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Groups Fear Taum Sauk Fallout Will Nuke Missouri





Cooling Tower 12.2.2005


Originally uploaded by 10thAvenue

Environmental groups are concerned that Ameren is going to use the Taum Sauk disaster as an excuse to build Missouri’s second nuclear power plant at its Callaway County site or perhaps will resurrect its ill fated plans to build two large pumped storage facilities on top of mountains by Taum Sauk.



Talk of a second Missouri nuke surfaced just a few days before the December 14 Taum Sauk disaster.


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Ameren Stock Tumbles On Talk of Bankruptcy

Ameren, which survived the bad press following the Taum Sauk disaster, is now talking bankruptcy sending its stock into a nose dive.
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