DINOSAUR OFFICIALS INVITE PEOPLE TO VIEW THE STARS
Dinosaur National Monument has some of the darkest night skies in the United States. This darkness allows us to enjoy the stars just as people would have hundreds or even thousands of years ago. From Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, staff at Dinosaur National Monument, along with local astronomers, will offer a variety of programs to help you explore and understand the wonders of our universe. Discover why the skies above the monument are just as important to enjoy and protect as the fossils, stunning scenery, and wild rivers. A variety of programs will be offered both during the day and night. See the activities and times below.
See the Sun
Did your mom ever tell you to never look at the sun? With proper equipment, like our specially designed solar telescopes, feel free to stare as long as you like at sun spots and prominences on the closest star in our sky. Join us on the back patio of the Quarry Visitor Center on Friday, September 6 from noon to 2:00 pm; Saturday, September 7 from noon to 2:00 pm; and Sunday, September 8 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Meet the Telescopes
Learn how different designs and sizes of telescopes can open your eyes to new worlds at the Quarry Visitor Center back patio on Saturday, September 7 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm; and on Sunday, September 8 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Be a Junior Astronomer
Explore our solar system and the stars around us though hands-on activities and stories. This program is good for all ages and counts as a Dinosaur Junior Ranger Program. We will meet at the Quarry Exhibit Hall shuttle area on Saturday, September 7; 10:30 am & 2:30 pm and Sunday, September 8; 10:30 am & 2:30 pm
Also, at any time for any age, you can complete at least three pages (five if you are over 12) in our free Junior Ranger Night Explorer Activity book to earn a Night Explorer badge.
Campground Evening Program
Join a ranger at the Green River Campground campfire circle for a 30-45 minute program that will help you make the most of enjoying the sky once the sun sets. Offered on Friday, September 6 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, September 7 at 7:00 PM
Stories Behind the Stars & Telescope Viewing
A variety of telescopes will be available for you to seek out star clusters, nebula, and other galaxies. Rangers and volunteers will offer naked-eye stargazing programs at 9:00, 9:30 & 10:00 PM. Children must be attended at all times and pets are not allowed in the stargazing area. If you have your own telescope and wish to join us, please contact Sonya Berger 435-781-7701. Meet at the south end of the Split Mountain Campground (look for signs) on Friday, September 6 from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM and Saturday, September 7 from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
51ST STATE INITIATIVE LAYS OUT ROADMAP TO LOCAL CONTROL
The 51st State Initiative has released, what it calls their “Roadmap and Vision for the 51st State”. The group has laid out a vision of how government should work at all levels, and a plan to return control to the local level. You can view the plan by clicking on the link below. A link has also been provided to the group’s website.
MEDIAN WORK TO GO ON IN STEAMBOAT TUESDAY
The City of Steamboat, partnering with the Urban Redevelopment Authority Advisory Committee, and in contract with Native Excavating, will begin work on the US Highway 40 median enhancement project Tuesday. The project consists of hard surfacing and landscaping the existing medians between JD Hays Way and Pine Grove Road, beautifying the southern entry corridor to Steamboat. Motorists can expect a one lane closure of the inside lanes on both the eastbound and westbound US Highway 40 travel lanes. The lane closures will be lifted at the end of each day and on weekends. The work is expected to be completed by early November, contingent upon weather. All motorists are asked to please use caution and slow down when driving thru the construction zone.
SEEDLINGS PLANTED TO OFFSET TREES KILLED BY BEETLES
Over 700 limber pine and bristlecone pine seedlings have been planted by volunteers and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) employees this past week at the Pole Mountain Work Center on the Medicine Bow National Forest (MBNF). Getting the seedlings in the ground is just one of multiple steps needed to begin the field test portion of the Southern Rockies Rust Resistance Trial (SRRRT), which is a collaborative project between the Forest, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, Colorado State University and the USFS Forest Health Protection program. SRRRT is a multi-year project to increase White Pine Blister Rust (WPBR) resistance within five-needle pine populations. An increased frequency of resistance within tree populations will promote adaptive, self-sustaining populations in the face of threats such as WPBR. Limber pine and bristlecone pine are two of nine North American species in the five-needle pine group, also called white pines. Limber pine is native to the Pole Mountain portion of the Forest. High-elevation white pines are among the oldest and most culturally-appreciated tree species in western North America. They are unique for their ability to live and thrive in some of the most extreme mountain conditions known. White pines support a variety of wildlife, such as bears, squirrels and birds, and they play a critical role in high-elevation forest development, stability, watershed integrity and health.
In high school sports:
Steamboat fell to Eagle Valley 48-12.
Meeker beat Grand Valley 32-9.
Rangely lost to Dove Creek 46-6.
Rangely beat Grand Valley (25-21; 25-19).
Moffat County fell to Roaring Fork (25-19; 25-8).
Soroco lost to Vail Mountain (25-22; 25-17; 25-23).
Soroco heads to Gilpen County at 1.
Moffat County plays at Ridgeview Academy. You can catch all the action live on KRAI, with the pre-game at 12:45 and the kickoff at 1.
Steamboat, Meeker, Rangely and Moffat County continue at the Glenwood tourney.
Little Snake River Valley continues at the Saratoga tourney.
In boys soccer:
Steamboat hosts Delta at 11.
In boys tennis:
Steamboat goes to Poudre at 10.
In cross country:
Moffat County runs at Cheyenne Mountain.