2022-01-06

A precious gem hiding in plain sight



Before the snow began to fall, I had embarked on a journey to Estes Park. I was, once again, in search of another great hike. As I heard my fingers dancing across the keyboard trying to find my next topic, I decided that a column about my last 2021 hike would be a great way to start the new year […]

Boulder County IGA and housing

Dear Editor, I grew up in the1950s, for the most part in what was called Public Housing, built after WWII. It’s now called Subsidized (capped at 30% of gross income; which is the national rental standard) and Affordable (below-market rental rate) housing. The greatest housing need, not just in Nederland, is for subsidized one- and two-bedroom housing. “If you build […]

Too dry, too warm, too windy leads to tragic fire on the plains

December 2021


December 2021: After six months of below normal precipitation, warmer than normal temperatures, and many windy days it seemed likely that something bad was going to happen. Usually you would expect this in the mountains, in the warmer months, not December. But this year we had no mitigating snow cover down below. Add to that a 100+mph wind event and […]

Extrospectives: OMG Omicron!



“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” In January, 2020, President Donald Trump made those comments (his first on the subject) about a worrisome new respiratory disease sweeping through Wuhan, China. Trump’s instinctual effort to downplay the severity of the virus and soft-pedal […]

Nederland and the Age of Fire

Dear Editor, The devastating fires that swept through county grasslands on December 30, 2021, left thousands with unimaginable loss. But though two people are still unaccounted for, there has been no reported loss of human life, thanks to firefighters, police, Sheriff’s office workers, volunteers, and the county government that provided for a reliable, knowledgeable, well-financed system of emergency response. The […]

County-wide masks required



The Gilpin County Board of Health issued a public health order requiring masks in all public indoor venues during a regular, virtual meeting of the Gilpin County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. The Board also elected new officers and established annual appointments. Gilpin County Emergency Manager Nathan Whittington said the county has a 25.5 percent positivity […]

Melt Coffee Bar opens

Rollinsville coffee shop opens Darin Jones recently opened Melt Coffee Bar, located Inside Howlin’ Wind Brewing. The hours of operation are Thursday to Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Look for a full story in next week’s edition of The Mountain-Ear. Check out additional information, including their menu at nedtogo.com/.

The fan always spins in Smokey Bear’s house



[Editor’s Note: The Mountain-Ear has traditionally declined to pay celebrities for interviews. In this instance, the policy was waived.] This year’s winner of The Mountain- Ear’s Pet of the Year contest is Smokey Bear. He’s not the first non-canine to win the honor, but in this dog-centric part of the world he is one of a proud few, a trail-blazer […]

Focus on nutrition in 2022



As a nurse, I have seen how good and bad nutrition changes lives. To me, prevention is everything. “Prescribing fruits and veggies would save $100 billion in medical costs,” (Tufts University, March, 2019). For many of us getting the nutrition we need is harder than ever. Ninety percent of Americans do not eat the recommended 7-13 servings of fruits and […]

Intentional steps towards sustainable changes



Bob started talking even before he sat down in the chair. “I’ve made so many changes in my life! Over the past few years I’ve stopped using substances, started exercising, included vegetables and fruit in my diet, reconnected with my adult kids, and just wrapped up my last debt payment. It’s like I’m a new person, and everyone is always […]