Thursday, September 29, 2005

Re: [puma-news] Re: Cutting cost of living

Thanks Norman for your suggestions.
Also see www.ourhealthcoop.com for really low cost good supplements.
Joy

Oval Window Audio/Norman Lederman wrote:


Oval Window Audio/Norman Lederman wrote:

Hi Bonnie:

Your note from last week suggests an interest in exploring ways to reduce overhead (with an environmental consciousness) as the cost of living continues to climb.

Here are some ideas we are using now to reduce costs:

1.  Organic Produce Delivery:

There's a new service up here that delivers fresh organic produce (also some grains, coffee, honey, etc) once a week to your door at competitive prices (actually, if you factor in gas and time...they win).  They use locally farmed product whenever possible:

http://www.denver.doortodoororganics.com

2.  Cell phone for emergency/minimal use...$10/month, free phone, no contract.  25 cents a minute for calls.  No charge for AAA or emergency calls.  Cingular service, seems to work in many areas up here (as recently covered by other emailers):

Consumer Cellular Phone:  1-800-686-4460

3.  Trash & Recyclables Pick up

I've been informed that One Way has a half price scale for pick up of one can a week.  Recyclables pick up is extra charge.
High Country Rubbish will pick up four 33 gallon bags and most recyclables at better than half the price of One Way.

Phone:  303-642-0303

4.  Buying supplements and other products at Whole Foods?

It's no secret that you can save more than 50% on line for the same products.  Here's one of many good sites:

http://www.myvitanet.com


5.  Paying for airplane tickets?

Practically all stores and services/utilities (including insurance companies, phone, propane...even the post office!) accept MasterCard/VISA.  Collect enough "air miles" and never pay for tickets again.  Here's an example of one:

http://www.chase.com/united

No doubt other folks have lots of other ideas...

Norman
Aspen Meadows



Bonnie Sundance wrote:

Dear Puma Friends,
        I've been feeling a strong desire to meet with Puma people to discuss a number of matters.   I wonder if anyone else would like to meet and talk at a regular PUMA meeting time 1st Thursday of Oct. and/or Nov.
        Please let me know......
                delight@denver.net

        Here are some topics I'd like to share about and hear from others about:
--Increasing opportunities to carpool....1x or more a week:  to save on oil/gas usage, to save people money and to build community

--introducing Boulder Skill Share, a way to exchange services with others on a time basis

--talking about alternative food shopping at the local Nederland and Boulder Cooperative markets

--increasing services being provided by and for our community here on Magnolia Rd. to cut down on having to travel to Boulder or Nederland


Thanks,

Bonnie Sundance
delight@denver.net
Caring for the Earth, all beings and working for Peace & Justice





[puma-news] Log Splitter

Hi All

Anybody have a log splitter? Or know of where to get one to use at the
best price available? Please let me know.

Thanks.

Terry Greenberg
303-443-1409

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

[puma-news] The far right plan to pay for rebuilding the gulf coast

If you have not heard of "Operation Off-set", the plan by some
extremely short-sighted congressional members to gut many social,
environmental and energy programs supposedly to pay for repairing the
damage to the gulf coast region after the recent hurricanes, check out
this web site:

http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2005/9/26/16541/5527?source=weekly

If you find the plan to be a terrible idea, please inform your senators
and representative in congress.

[puma-news] Re: Cutting cost of living

Oval Window Audio/Norman Lederman wrote:

> Hi Bonnie:
>
> Your note from last week suggests an interest in exploring ways to
> reduce overhead (with an environmental consciousness) as the cost of
> living continues to climb.
>
> Here are some ideas we are using now to reduce costs:
>
> 1. Organic Produce Delivery:
>
> There's a new service up here that delivers fresh organic produce
> (also some grains, coffee, honey, etc) once a week to your door at
> competitive prices (actually, if you factor in gas and time...they
> win). They use locally farmed product whenever possible:
>
> http://www.denver.doortodoororganics.com
>
> 2. Cell phone for emergency/minimal use...$10/month, free phone, no
> contract. 25 cents a minute for calls. No charge for AAA or
> emergency calls. Cingular service, seems to work in many areas up
> here (as recently covered by other emailers):
>
> Consumer Cellular Phone: 1-800-686-4460
>
> 3. Trash & Recyclables Pick up
>
> I've been informed that One Way has a half price scale for pick up of
> one can a week. Recyclables pick up is extra charge.
> High Country Rubbish will pick up four 33 gallon bags and most
> recyclables at better than half the price of One Way.
>
> Phone: 303-642-0303
>
> 4. Buying supplements and other products at Whole Foods?
>
> It's no secret that you can save more than 50% on line for the same
> products. Here's one of many good sites:
>
> http://www.myvitanet.com

5. Paying for airplane tickets?

Practically all stores and services/utilities (including insurance
companies, phone, propane...even the post office!) accept
MasterCard/VISA. Collect enough "air miles" and never pay for tickets
again. Here's an example of one:

http://www.chase.com/united

> No doubt other folks have lots of other ideas...
>
> Norman
> Aspen Meadows
>
>
>
> Bonnie Sundance wrote:
>
>> Dear Puma Friends,
>> I've been feeling a strong desire to meet with Puma people to
>> discuss a number of matters. I wonder if anyone else would like to
>> meet and talk at a regular PUMA meeting time 1st Thursday of Oct.
>> and/or Nov.
>> Please let me know......
>> delight@denver.net
>>
>> Here are some topics I'd like to share about and hear from
>> others about:
>> --Increasing opportunities to carpool....1x or more a week: to save
>> on oil/gas usage, to save people money and to build community
>>
>> --introducing Boulder Skill Share, a way to exchange services with
>> others on a time basis
>>
>> --talking about alternative food shopping at the local Nederland and
>> Boulder Cooperative markets
>>
>> --increasing services being provided by and for our community here on
>> Magnolia Rd. to cut down on having to travel to Boulder or Nederland
>>
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Bonnie Sundance
>> delight@denver.net
>> Caring for the Earth, all beings and working for Peace & Justice
>>
>

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

RE: [puma-news] Cell phones

We have a cingular GSM phone and it works better than the digital/analog
ATT/cingular service did.
Vivian

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-puma-news@www.puma-net.org
[mailto:owner-puma-news@www.puma-net.org]On Behalf Of Fay
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2005 2:11 PM
To: 'PUMA News'
Subject: [puma-news] Cell phones

Does anyone up here (Magnolia area) have the new GSM technology cell phone
and does it work here? I am assuming we are still talking Cingular/ATT. I
am on that service but thinking of upgrading the phone but need to know it
works up here.
Thanks for the help.
Fay Benson

RE: [puma-news] Cell phones

Fay
 
At 17 Range Rd (Bottom of THE pine glade hill)   I can actually use the GSM.  With the old phone I had to walk up the hill after I got the call or else it was too garbled.
 
Allen
 
Allen W. Bentz
Programmer
Adams County Sch. Dist. 14
303.853.3226
abentz@acsd14.k12.co.us

>>> "Fay" <fay@mric.net> 9/26/2005 4:12:13 PM >>>
Thanks.  Sounds like the service is the same in areas as what I have now
with Cingular.  That's what I needed.
Fay

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-puma-news@www.puma-net.org
[mailto:owner-puma-news@www.puma-net.org] On Behalf Of
gordona@magnoliaroad.net
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2005 3:08 PM
To: Fay
Cc: 'PUMA News'
Subject: Re: [puma-news] Cell phones

Cingular GSM works, but not everywhere.  There are definite weak spots
along Magnolia road.  On the pavement and in the canyon there is very
litte service.  Service is weak near twin sisters and strong near and
along upper pine glade.  I'm not sure what it is where you are, but your
just over the ridge from us.

Allen

Fay wrote:

>Does anyone up here (Magnolia area) have the new GSM technology cell phone
>and does it work here?  I am assuming we are still talking Cingular/ATT.  I
>am on that service but thinking of upgrading the phone but need to know it
>works up here.
>Thanks for the help.
>Fay Benson
>
>

>


Monday, September 26, 2005

RE: [puma-news] Cell phones

Thanks. Sounds like the service is the same in areas as what I have now
with Cingular. That's what I needed.
Fay

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-puma-news@www.puma-net.org
[mailto:owner-puma-news@www.puma-net.org] On Behalf Of
gordona@magnoliaroad.net
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2005 3:08 PM
To: Fay
Cc: 'PUMA News'
Subject: Re: [puma-news] Cell phones

Cingular GSM works, but not everywhere. There are definite weak spots
along Magnolia road. On the pavement and in the canyon there is very
litte service. Service is weak near twin sisters and strong near and
along upper pine glade. I'm not sure what it is where you are, but your
just over the ridge from us.

Allen

Fay wrote:

>Does anyone up here (Magnolia area) have the new GSM technology cell phone
>and does it work here? I am assuming we are still talking Cingular/ATT. I
>am on that service but thinking of upgrading the phone but need to know it
>works up here.
>Thanks for the help.
>Fay Benson
>
>
>
>

Re: [puma-news] Cell phones

Cingular GSM works, but not everywhere. There are definite weak spots
along Magnolia road. On the pavement and in the canyon there is very
litte service. Service is weak near twin sisters and strong near and
along upper pine glade. I'm not sure what it is where you are, but your
just over the ridge from us.

Allen

Fay wrote:

>Does anyone up here (Magnolia area) have the new GSM technology cell phone
>and does it work here? I am assuming we are still talking Cingular/ATT. I
>am on that service but thinking of upgrading the phone but need to know it
>works up here.
>Thanks for the help.
>Fay Benson
>
>
>
>

[puma-news] Cell phones

Does anyone up here (Magnolia area) have the new GSM technology cell phone
and does it work here? I am assuming we are still talking Cingular/ATT. I
am on that service but thinking of upgrading the phone but need to know it
works up here.
Thanks for the help.
Fay Benson

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Re: [puma-news] Mime-Version: 1.0

Bonnie,
We are planning a PUMA meeting in November, so we will add you agenda items.
Dan

Bonnie Sundance wrote:

> Dear Puma Friends,
> I've been feeling a strong desire to meet with Puma people to
> discuss a number of matters. I wonder if anyone else would like to
> meet and talk at a regular PUMA meeting time 1st Thursday of Oct.
> and/or Nov.
> Please let me know......
> delight@denver.net
>
> Here are some topics I'd like to share about and hear from
> others about:
> --Increasing opportunities to carpool....1x or more a week: to save
> on oil/gas usage, to save people money and to build community
>
> --introducing Boulder Skill Share, a way to exchange services with
> others on a time basis
>
> --talking about alternative food shopping at the local Nederland and
> Boulder Cooperative markets
>
> --increasing services being provided by and for our community here on
> Magnolia Rd. to cut down on having to travel to Boulder or Nederland
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Bonnie Sundance
> delight@denver.net
> Caring for the Earth, all beings and working for Peace & Justice

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

[puma-news] Mime-Version: 1.0

Dear Puma Friends,
I've been feeling a strong desire to meet with Puma people
to discuss a number of matters. I wonder if anyone else would like
to meet and talk at a regular PUMA meeting time 1st Thursday of Oct.
and/or Nov.
Please let me know......
delight@denver.net

Here are some topics I'd like to share about and hear from
others about:
--Increasing opportunities to carpool....1x or more a week: to save
on oil/gas usage, to save people money and to build community

--introducing Boulder Skill Share, a way to exchange services with
others on a time basis

--talking about alternative food shopping at the local Nederland and
Boulder Cooperative markets

--increasing services being provided by and for our community here on
Magnolia Rd. to cut down on having to travel to Boulder or Nederland

Thanks,

Bonnie Sundance
delight@denver.net
Caring for the Earth, all beings and working for Peace & Justice

Re: [puma-news] Looking for an electrician

/Also Positive Energy
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 5:23 PM
Subject: Re: [puma-news] Looking for an electrician

Peak to Peak Electric has done some small jobs for us. Good work and
reasonable rates. 303-258-7927.

Darrin Buehler wrote:

> Greetings all,
>
> I live on Lazy Z road (off magnolia) with my wife, Jennifer and
> daughter, Andrea.
>
> The other day the partial power in my garage and now my electric doors
> don't function, and I lost power to my back-up fridge.
>
> I checked to see if just needed to be "re-booted" or to replace one of
> the fuses, but without success.
>
> I like to drive business to the locals. Is there anyone with some
> background in these matters that can a) get us up and running again
> and b) help me evaluate if I overpowered things by plugging in this
> back-up fridge. The last thing I want is a fire!
>
> I work from home so I can be around during the week - and to be clear,
> this is a for-pay request.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Darrin Buehler
> home (303) 442-8891
> cell (303) 882-4422
>
> _________________________________________________________________
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>

[puma-news] free Cd burner

I have a CD burner you can have for free. Excellent condition. (I upgraded
to DVD). First come...

Scott

******************************
Scott Campbell Reuman
Artist/Writer
Conundrum Designs, Inc.
Nederland, CO
http://www.conundrumdesigns.com
scottreuman@conundrumdesigns.com

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Re: [puma-news] Looking for an electrician

Peak to Peak Electric has done some small jobs for us. Good work and
reasonable rates. 303-258-7927.

Darrin Buehler wrote:

> Greetings all,
>
> I live on Lazy Z road (off magnolia) with my wife, Jennifer and
> daughter, Andrea.
>
> The other day the partial power in my garage and now my electric doors
> don't function, and I lost power to my back-up fridge.
>
> I checked to see if just needed to be "re-booted" or to replace one of
> the fuses, but without success.
>
> I like to drive business to the locals. Is there anyone with some
> background in these matters that can a) get us up and running again
> and b) help me evaluate if I overpowered things by plugging in this
> back-up fridge. The last thing I want is a fire!
>
> I work from home so I can be around during the week - and to be clear,
> this is a for-pay request.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Darrin Buehler
> home (303) 442-8891
> cell (303) 882-4422
>
> _________________________________________________________________
> Don’t just search. Find. Check out the new MSN Search!
> http://search.msn.click-url.com/go/onm00200636ave/direct/01/
>
>

Sunday, September 18, 2005

[puma-news] Snowplow

Hi,
I just found out that my snowplow contractor for the winter - Sugarloaf
Services -
will no longer be in business. Can anyone recommend a good person or
business
for plowing?
Thanks so much.
Joy Om

RE: [puma-news] Looking for an electrician

Greetings all,

I live on Lazy Z road (off magnolia) with my wife, Jennifer and daughter,
Andrea.

The other day the partial power in my garage and now my electric doors don't
function, and I lost power to my back-up fridge.

I checked to see if just needed to be "re-booted" or to replace one of the
fuses, but without success.

I like to drive business to the locals. Is there anyone with some background
in these matters that can a) get us up and running again and b) help me
evaluate if I overpowered things by plugging in this back-up fridge. The
last thing I want is a fire!

I work from home so I can be around during the week - and to be clear, this
is a for-pay request.

Thanks,

Darrin Buehler
home (303) 442-8891
cell (303) 882-4422

_________________________________________________________________
Don�t just search. Find. Check out the new MSN Search!
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Thursday, September 15, 2005

[puma-news] Got Cheatgrass?

It is now a good time to work on your cheatgrass! PUMA has a mower and 3
sprayers available to use. If possible you should mow down infestations
first (collecting and disposing of the seeds). Then spray a mixture of
Plateau herbicide,Seed Oil and water, also available from PUMA. The cost
will be $2 per gallon of mix if you are a dues-paying member of PUMA.
Others will pay $4 per gallon. A full sprayer (3 gallons) should cover
1/4 acre, so most people should get by with one or two fills.

Call Terry (303-443-1409) or Dan (303-442-7460) to reserve a sprayer or
the mower, and to get detailed instructions on the best way to proceed.

Dan

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

[puma-news] Boulder/Denver Area Tour of Solar Homes and Solar Workshops


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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

[puma-news] David LaMotte House Concert September 15, 2005

For those who have never been to a house concert, Debbie and I would be
willing to pay for your first experience at this week's David Lamotte's
show. He has some extraordinary guitar playing skills!

We live along Aspen Meadows. We've been hosting mostly monthly concerts
for the last 6 years in our living room. All contributions go to the
touring artist.

Here's a bit on David:

"...guitar spanking open-tuning grooves as well as gentle folktinged
pop. His lyrics range from insightful imagedriven stories to equally
insightful humor." Washington Times

When: Thursday September 15, 2005
Music starts at 7 PM
Optional potluck begins at 6 PM

Cost: sliding scale, minimum donation $10-$12
100% of contributions go to artist
Reservations: http://www.ectores.luisys.com/make_res.php?event_id=39

Do let us know when you make this reservation that you found us through
the PUMA mailing list and this is your first house concert. We'll pay
the artist for you so it's a free show for you; if you really like him
you can buy an autographed CD from the artist.

It's been 14 years since David had a real job or a real haircut. In that
time, he has released eight albums and performed more than 1,600
shows in 45 states and 10 countries, sharing stages with artists such
as Arlo Guthrie, Shawn Mullins, Buddy Miles, Gillian Welch, John
Gorka, and David Wilcox.

To learn more about David LaMotte visit his web site at
http://www.davidlamotte.com

Reservations are required. For more details on our series see our
website http://aspenmeadowshc.org

[puma-news] Some of the forgotton victims

Noah's Wish is an organization based in California that responds to disaster
situations to keep animals alive during disaster situations.
http://www.noahswish.com/

They've been very busy with Hurricane Katrina, as you can see here.
http://www.noahswish.com/Hurricane%20Katrina.htm

This is one of those small groups that is filled with people who care, and
who don't waste donations.

John,

~ the chart guy

John Carder, CMT
Topline Investment Graphics
Where your chart dreams come true!

www.topline-charts.com or www.chartguy.com

PO Box 2340
Boulder, CO 80306-2340 USA

800.347.0157 (toll-free in the USA)
303.440.0157 (voice)
303.440.0147 (fax)

[puma-news] Please ACT NOW for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge VOTE

Dear Puma Friends,
I have been very concerned about protecting the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge.

I recently learned that the vote in Congress to ok drilling
in the Arctic Refuge hasn't been finalized. That means there is
still a chance if enough people contact their congress person right
away (as there is an upcoming vote soon in Sept.).

The Natural Resources Defense Council offers a letter to
send to your congress person. They also suggest contacting the
moderate Reuplicans....or people in their states.
My version of their letter is below. You can copy it and
send it direct to your Congress
people via: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

or you can go direct to the original letter offered by the Natural
Resources Defense Council

http://www.savebiogems.org/arctic/takeaction.asp?step=2&item=52893

Here is the letter I sent:

I urge you to vote against any budget reconciliation bill
that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

I am deeply opposed to oil development in the Arctic Refuge.
America's last unspoiled birthing ground for Arctic wildlife should
not be sacrificed for the sake of a year's or ten years worth of
national energy -- especially when we could save eleven times as much
oil through an increase in fuel economy standards, and sensible use of oil.

I am especially distressed that congressional leaders are attempting
to include Arctic drilling in the federal budget bill. Please obey
the wishes of the overwhelming majority of the American people who
oppose this strategy. The fate of America's premiere wildlife refuge
should be decided by an open debate -- not by a legislative inclusion
in a general budget.

Again, I urge you to oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge in whatever manner the issue may arise: as part of the budget
process or as a free-standing bill. Congress does not have a mandate
to sacrifice the Arctic Refuge, and I will hold you accountable for
your vote and your stewardship of this irreplaceable natural treasure.

Thank you.

or you can go direct to the original letter offered by the Natural
Resources Defense Council

http://www.savebiogems.org/arctic/takeaction.asp?step=2&item=52893

Thank you for whatever steps you take!

Bonnie Sundance
delight@denver.net
Caring for the Earth, all beings and working for Peace & Justice

[puma-news] Beetle kill article

PUMA received a $2,000 grant for slash chipping this summer. Contact
Parmita Pushman <parmita@whiteswanmusic.com> if you want to be on the
list for PUMA slash chipping this summer/fall.

greg

Article Last Updated: 9/13/2005 02:01 AM
Tiny beetles killing millions of pines
Mountain residents nervously watch their landscape change as an
infestation of historic proportions thins forests and raises the specter
of wildfires.
By Jack Cox
Denver Post Staff Writer
DenverPost.com

Grand Lake - In a mountain subdivision once so wooded most homeowners
couldn't see their neighbors, Ed Peterson steps away from a 50-foot
lodgepole pine he has just toppled and turns off his chain saw.

"Welcome to 'Stumpville,"' he says.

Around Peterson's log-style home and hundreds of others in this rustic
gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, the land is dotted with the
squat reminders of thousands of trees lost to a massive pine beetle
infestation.

"It's unbelievable. You can almost hear them eating," says Peterson, who
has cut more than 250 lodgepoles on his 5-acre property in a mostly
futile attempt to keep the bugs at bay.

"We're fighting a big battle, but we're losing," the 65-year-old retiree
laments. "I think every mature tree around is going to die, and it
really hurts, because we're not going to see any of these big guys again
in our lifetime."

The scourge, more wide-ranging than similar epidemics in Colorado in the
1970s and '80s, has killed millions of 100-year- old trees in the
northern part of the state, turning whole mountainsides into
jaw-dropping expanses of orange or maroon.

"My wife said if you didn't know what it was, you'd think it was
actually kind of pretty - until you realized they're all dead," says
Dave Batura, a retired state patrolman and longtime Grand County resident.

Besides creating a blight that could keep tourists and recreationists
away, the enormous stands of dead and dying timber raise the specter of
wildfires, whichcould wipe out homes and businesses and cause erosion
threatening the watersheds supplying much of Denver's drinking water.

"If we don't do something, it will burn, and in the Williams Fork
drainage, that could be catastrophic," says Granby landowner Charles
Henry, referring to a hard-hit area west of Byers Peak.

"Based on what happened in the Hayman fire (in 2002), we know the flames
could be over the hill and in Winter Park in 3 1/2 hours. ... I don't
know if people will want to look at black trees when they're skiing, or
build a million-dollar home in an area that won't be revegetated for 30
or 40 years."

The beetle kill is most extensive in the Williams Fork, Troublesome and
Grand Lake areas, where aerial surveys show more than 300 square miles
of public and private woodlands have been infested - an area roughly the
size of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Summit, Eagle and Jackson counties also have been attacked, and a large
expanse of orange has been spotted in western Boulder County near
Rollinsville - the first outbreak reported on the Front Range.

Likened by many observers to a forest fire without the smoke, the
outbreak hasn't yet ravaged any ski resorts. But it appears poised to
hit Sol Vista and Winter Park, and it could threaten Keystone,
Breckenridge and Vail as well.

Some communities have begun to take on the look of logging camps as
residents and cutting crews work to clear out affected trees before they
become a fire hazard - and, hopefully, before the burrowing bugs can
spread to more stands.

In Grand Lake, piles of logs, slash and wood chips litter properties
everywhere, from clusters of aging summer cabins and RV parks along U.S.
34 to luxury homes above Shadow Mountain Lake, just south of the town.

The carnage has yet to cast a shadow over the real estate market
"because buyers realize this is nature's way, and there's absolutely
nothing we can do about it," says Suzi Maki, a broker with Re/Max
Resorts of Grand County. But provisions for the removal of dead trees
are being included in new contracts, she says, and homes that would have
been touted last year as "wooded and secluded" are listed this year as
having "stunning views."

The lodgepoles will grow back, foresters say, but it will take decades;
meanwhile, aspen can be expected to sprout in the open areas.

Short of wildfire or the depletion of all host trees, the only thing
that could halt the spread of the beetles would be an extended stretch
of bitter cold - enough to freeze the bugs in their winter homes beneath
the protective insulation of the bark.

Two weeks of minus-30 temperatures every night would do the trick,
research from Canada suggests, but Middle Park hasn't had a cold spell
like that for years.

Foresters say the state's mature lodgepoles have become vulnerable to
beetles because of years of drought, plus crowding brought about by
decades of fire suppression and curtailed logging. But even experts are
surprised by the extent of the current infestation.

"The system of checks and balances is a little out of whack," says
veteran entomologist Dave Leatherman of Fort Collins. "Because of
climate change, whatever the cause of that is, beetles throughout the
West are doing things people have never seen before."

In the last Colorado epidemic, trees thinned to about 12 feet apart were
found to be less susceptible. "But this time, while the thinned areas
are the last to succumb, it seems like everything is succumbing," says
Mike Harvey, a state forester in Granby.

Preventive spraying, which costs about $10 per tree, also is of dubious
value because the beetles apparently are boring into trunks at a level
higher than the 25 to 30 feet the sprays normally reach.

And the pests challenge long- held assumptions that they don't attack
trees smaller than 8 inches in diameter and can't spread much higher
than 10,000 feet. In Utah, says Leatherman, the bugs have been attacking
centuries- old bristlecone pines.

"I told people in Breckenridge a few years ago that they didn't have
anything to worry about," says Harvey. "But these darn things are kind
of rewriting the book on us."

The mountain pine beetles aren't the only insects wreaking havoc in the
forests of Colorado. Huge numbers of ponderosa and piƱon pines have been
killed by ips beetles in the south and southwestern parts of the state,
and large stands of spruce are under attack by yet another type in
northwestern Colorado around Steamboat Springs.

But the pine beetle infestation, which has become blazingly apparent
this summer, is raising widespread worry in Grand County, where people's
reactions vary from grief and concern to anger and frustration.

"The thing that bothers me is, what's going to happen to the watershed?"
says rancher Bob Chase, who "darn near cried" when he saw trees turning
red on the spread his grandparents homesteaded in 1899.

In the office of the Colorado State Forest Service, where a wall map
charts the progress of the epidemic over the past six years, Mike Harvey
says people are looking for a swift solution.

"But all the answers are long- term. With the work we are doing now" -
thinning and diversifying the forests to make them more resistant - "the
payoff is 40, 50 or 60 years down the road, and that's kind of hard for
this society to swallow. We like quick fixes," he says.

"The thing we have to remember is that this is a natural process. In
lodgepole, it's normal to have dense stands that grow to maturity, die
off in a beetle kill and then regenerate after a fire, like what
happened in Yellowstone in 1988."

The difference in Colorado, of course, is that over the past 10 or 15
years, many of the stands of lodgepole now in their death throes have
been settled with houses and condominiums.

As Henry sees it, eyeing the ever-growing pile of logs he has hauled out
of the woods on his 40-acre retreat southwest of Granby, "I'd love to
let nature take its course. But considering the tourist economy and our
livelihoods, I don't think we want this forest to burn."

To reduce the most immediate threat, the U.S. Forest Service is mapping
out clear-cuts to create firebreaks between private and public lands on
several thousand acres in the Grand Lake and Fraser areas over the next
few years. In addition, large landowners such as the Grand Lake
municipal golf course and the YMCA's Snow Mountain Ranch near Tabernash
are cutting aggressively in hopes of minimizing the impacts.

Winter Park, which anchors a band of lodgepole that stretches virtually
unbroken for 15 miles along the western flank of the Indian Peaks
Wilderness Area, also is working to mitigate the threat.

The ski area has spent nearly $500,000 to remove deadfall and
undergrowth from the 7,630 acres under its control, and 40 members of
the ski patrol have been trained to identify beetle-killed trees so they
can be targeted even before the snow has melted in the spring.

"We are still hopeful that we can prevent the infestation from
spreading, and we think we have a good chance of saving many of the
trees," says resort spokesman Matt Sugar.

In the town of Winter Park, he adds, similar measures are being financed
through a mill-levy increase approved by voters last year.

Clearing the dead timber from all the areas hit by the beetles would be
a daunting task because of the expense, the terrain and the sheer number
of trees involved, foresters say.

Another serious obstacle to intensive logging is the limited market for
the wood. Much of it is stained blue from a fungus carried by the
beetles and is thus perceived by many buyers as blemished, even though
it's considered structurally sound.

Two mills close to the current infestation, a waferboard plant in
Kremmling and a sawmill in Walden, are no longer open. Except for a few
small post-and- pole operations and cabinet- makers who covet
blue-stained wood, the only volume buyer in Colorado is the
Intermountain Resources mill in Montrose - some 300 miles away.

Henry, a weed-control consultant who heads the nonprofit Grand County
Forest Stewardship Association, suggests the dead trees be viewed not as
timber but as fuel for a wood-burning power plant like units now
operating in Nebraska, California and Minnesota.

A 50-megawatt plant, big enough to meet the electrical needs of 50,000
people, could be built for about $100 million, he estimates, and it
"would provide a viable market for 20 years for all the timber waste in
Grand, Routt and Summit counties."

The idea is one of many being considered in wildfire mitigation discussions.

The full extent of this year's infestation won't be apparent for months,
because trees attacked this summer won't turn orange until next spring.

But the scourge appears to be spreading exponentially, says Chris
Oliver, a timber management technician with the Arapaho-Roosevelt
National Forest in Granby.

"For every red one you see now," he says, "what you figure is there are
5 or 10 green ones that will be red at this time next year."

Staff writer Jack Cox can be reached at 303-820-1785 or jcox@denverpost.com.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

[puma-news] Got Cheatgrass?

It is now a good time to work on your cheatgrass! PUMA has a mower and 3
sprayers available to use. If possible you should mow down infestations
first (collecting and disposing of the seeds). Then spray a mixture of
Plateau herbicide,Seed Oil and water, also available from PUMA. The cost
will be $2 per gallon of mix if you are a dues-paying member of PUMA.
Others will pay $4 per gallon. A full sprayer (3 gallons) should cover
1/4 acre, so most people should get by with one or two fills.

Call Terry (303-443-1409) or Dan (303-442-7460) to reserve a sprayer or
the mower, and to get detailed instructions on the best way to proceed.

Dan

[puma-news] New Orleans Musician Relief

 

 

Dear Neighbors,

I am organizing this effort in conjunction with Danielle Laramie who has been a Magnolia Road resident for more than 20 years. She married Coco Robicheaux, a New Orleans musician and is helping to disperse these funds to that community. There is so much help needed everywhere in the area but this is a way you can help a small group of people directly and make a great impact.

Please donate what you can!      Parmita Pushman

 

New Orleans is not only the most seminal city in the history of American music – but one that has consistently supported a lively population of musicians who make their living playing in the city’s many clubs and around the region. These are skilled musicians who go out and play each night and come home with 50 or 100 dollars to support themselves and their family.  Some of these players number among our national treasures in blues and jazz.

 

Many of these musicians have now lost their means to make a living, not to mention their homes and in many cases, their equipment to play live gigs. They often have a slow season over the summer and relied on the fall income to make it through the year. We hope to fill the gap between the larger efforts on a national basis and the direct immediate reality of these great artists to carry on now.

 

The Leela Foundation is a non-profit organization in Boulder Colorado and through a network of people who are intimately involved with that music community we are compiling a list of musicians in need. The money will be distributed directly to the musicians on a case by case basis with no overheads or operating cost taken out or extensive paperwork for the musicians to apply. This is a labor of love and compassion.  All donations are tax-deductible.

 

Here are the ways you can help:

  • Make a donation       Send checks to:        Leela Foundation/New Orleans

                                                                                    6395 Gunpark Drive Suite A

                                                                                    Boulder CO 80301

Please be sure and include your return address for the tax-deductible receipt

 

  • Let us know about a musician in need of help
  • Donate equipment
  • Set up gigs for displaced artists

 

There will soon be a web site set up with a posting board of needs and locations at www.spiritland.com (the home of New Orleans based Coco Robicheaux). Meanwhile you can e-mail me with any offers, needs or if you would like to make a credit card donation at Parmita@whiteswanmusic.com

 

Thanks for all you love and support

Parmita Pushman and Danielle Laramie

 

 

 

 

Re: [puma-news] Missing dog

Now that Poudre has made it home safely....

(see .jpg attachment please)
-

Terry Greenberg wrote:
> Jim
>
> I am so happy for you that your dog is back--safe and sound.
>
> Terry
>
>
> At 10:17 AM 9/4/2005, James Swenson wrote:
>
>> The dog has been found.
>>
>> - Jim
>>
>> ----
>>
>> On Fri, Sep 02, 2005 at 01:07:39PM -0600, James Swenson wrote:
>> > Dog missing, last seen around mm 8.4 on Magnolia today. Name is
>> Poudre.
>> > Tan colored lab/chow mix, short hair, with reddish stripe running
>> down back.
>> > About 60 pounds. Call Mike at 303-258-1001 or cell 303-887-2435.
>> >
>
>

[puma-news] FW: [nature-net] Field Trip to Shadow Canyon

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Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 9:33 PM
To: nature-net@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [nature-net] Field Trip to Shadow Canyon

Boulder Audubon Field Trip to Shadow Canyon
Saturday, September 10, 7-11 a.m.

Join Steve Jones for a leisurely three-mile hike in lower Shadow
Canyon to look for signs of fall, including migrating songbirds
and raptors. Meet at the South Mesa Trail parking area,
Eldorado Springs Drive 2 miles west of State Highway 93, at 7
a.m. Trip is free and open to everyone.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

[puma-news] Home for Cat

Is there anyone out there who would like a cat?  Indy is:
 
    about three years old
    male, neutered
    long hair, black
    thoroughly enjoys the outdoors
    GREAT mouser
    good with dogs and horses
 
We are moving and if we think unselfishly, it is best to leave him up here where he enjoys life so much.  He is an outdoor cat but occasionally will come in at night.  In his case, we had to choose quality of life over quantity of life.
 
If you are interested, please call Lorie or Hank @ 303/440-7070.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, September 05, 2005

[puma-news] Winter Survival Guide

The State of Montana (Departments of Disaster & Emergency Services &
Transportation {MDT}) published a "Winter Survival Handbook". It's a free
download (Adobe Acrobat PDF file) that's available at
http://tinyurl.com/84rns
It's fairly basic, but it always helps to get the basics right.
It prints on 26 letter sized pages (booklet style).

John,

~ the chart guy

John Carder, CMT
Topline Investment Graphics
Where your chart dreams come true!

www.topline-charts.com or www.chartguy.com

PO Box 2340
Boulder, CO 80306-2340 USA

800.347.0157 (toll-free in the USA)
303.440.0157 (voice)
303.440.0147 (fax)

[puma-news] Fire Mitigation Grant Meeting - Tuesday, September 6th

Hello

And the date is September 6, tomorrow, September 6th at 6:30 PM.

This is to remind everyone that there is a meeting to go over the CWPP
(Community Wildlife Protection Plan) that we will attach to a proposed
grant to help us accomplish fire mitigation to protect our homes better.

The meeting is at my home at 943 Pine Glade Road. My phone number is
303-443-1409. We hope to see as many of you as possible. Cory Secher of
the Colorado State Forestry will be here as well as Chad Julian of Boulder
County Parks and Open Space. It will be at 6:30 PM but if you come
later--that will be fine.

Find more information at http://www.puma-net.org/FireGrant/FireGrant2006.htm

We look forward to seein you.

Terry

[puma-news] Fire Mitigation Grant Meeting

Hello

This is to remind everyone that there is a meeting to go over the CWPP
(Community Wildlife Protection Plan) that we will attach to a proposed
grant to help us accomplish fire mitigation to protect our homes better.

The meeting is at my home at 943 Pine Glade Road. My phone number is
303-443-1409. We hope to see as many of you as possible. Cory Secher of
the Colorado State Forestry will be here as well as Chad Julian of Boulder
County Parks and Open Space. It will be at 6:30 PM but if you come
later--that will be fine.

Find more information at http://www.puma-net.org/FireGrant/FireGrant2006.htm

We look forward to seein you.

Terry

[puma-news] Free wood for the cutting.

My neighbor has some pine, fur and spruce trees he would like cut down.  If any one is interested in the wood for the cutting, contact me.  All of the trees are within 50 to 100 feet from the driveway.  This property is next to ours at 2440 Magnolia.
 
Jerry Griess
jerrygriess@mric.net

[puma-news] Winter Survival Guide

The State of Montana (Departments of Disaster & Emergency Services &
Transportation {MDT}) published a "Winter Survival Handbook". It's a free
download (Adobe Acrobat PDF file) that's available at
http://tinyurl.com/84rns
It's fairly basic, but it always helps to get the basics right.
It prints on 26 letter sized pages (booklet style).

John,

~ the chart guy

John Carder, CMT
Topline Investment Graphics
Where your chart dreams come true!

www.topline-charts.com or www.chartguy.com

PO Box 2340
Boulder, CO 80306-2340 USA

800.347.0157 (toll-free in the USA)
303.440.0157 (voice)
303.440.0147 (fax)

Sunday, September 04, 2005

[puma-news] Alfalfa Vs. Mt. Lion, Couger, bear, racoon?

Hi All

Alfalfa was probably in a fight with an animal with sharp claws Wednesday
morning. His skin had two parallel slices at the throat, just missing his
juggler vein. He has sprains and strains from the "skuffle" and is
limping. Lots of stiches and he's on heavy antibioltics but he's getting
better each day. He limped home.

Terry Greenberg

Re: [puma-news] Missing dog

Jim

I am so happy for you that your dog is back--safe and sound.

Terry

At 10:17 AM 9/4/2005, James Swenson wrote:
>The dog has been found.
>
>- Jim
>
>----
>
>On Fri, Sep 02, 2005 at 01:07:39PM -0600, James Swenson wrote:
> > Dog missing, last seen around mm 8.4 on Magnolia today. Name is Poudre.
> > Tan colored lab/chow mix, short hair, with reddish stripe running down
> back.
> > About 60 pounds. Call Mike at 303-258-1001 or cell 303-887-2435.
> >

Re: [puma-news] Missing dog

The dog has been found.

- Jim

----

On Fri, Sep 02, 2005 at 01:07:39PM -0600, James Swenson wrote:
> Dog missing, last seen around mm 8.4 on Magnolia today. Name is Poudre.
> Tan colored lab/chow mix, short hair, with reddish stripe running down back.
> About 60 pounds. Call Mike at 303-258-1001 or cell 303-887-2435.
>

Friday, September 02, 2005

[puma-news] Missing dog

Dog missing, last seen around mm 8.4 on Magnolia today. Name is Poudre.
Tan colored lab/chow mix, short hair, with reddish stripe running down back.
About 60 pounds. Call Mike at 303-258-1001 or cell 303-887-2435.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

[puma-news] puma sprayer missing

Will whoever has the missing puma sprayer please return it to Terry's
garage. People need it to spray their cheatgrass.
Dan

[puma-news] knapweed pull

Pumites,
There will be a knapweed pull Sunday morning Sept 4. Please attend if at
all possible. We can finish this all in one morning if there are enough
of us. Bring water and gloves and meet at the corner of Pine Glade and
Aspen Meadows at 9am sharp this Sunday.
Dan
303-442-7460