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Healthcare in Summit County

Proposed panelists include:

Scott Vargo, Assistant County Manager, who will be discussing the county's hope to sponsor a public family practice clinic;

A representative from Colorado State Representative, Andrew Romanoff's office, who can offer the group expert information on the current state of federal healthcare legislation; and others TBA

 

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Water — the most precious commodity

Take time to learn about the
West’s water

A source of clean water is essential to human life, and yet most people in the United States take it for granted. We expect to open our taps and get fresh, clean water. In Milwaukee in 1993, a problem with the filtration system allowed the parasite cryptosporidium to get into the water, and it made 400,000 people sick and killed more than 100. Since the Milwaukee outbreak, precautionary boil-water orders are becoming more common across the country. Many people now drink only bottled water.

Today, one out of five people live in countries with inadequate fresh water, and this lack is the cause of many of the world’s deaths from disease and malnutrition. The water crisis has been called an expression of the environmental catastrophe of human over-exploitation. As our environment changes due to the loss of forests, jungles and green plants, and as the world’s population continues to increase, many believe the next war will be fought over water — not oil. This is the age the Nobel prizewinning chemist Paul Crutzen has called "the Anthropocene," because the natural system has been so fundamentally altered by human activity. It all began when people settled down and began to chop wood and farm. Global population growth, economic development and a growing appetite for meat, dairy and fish protein have raised human water demand. Water is often polluted by chemicals and heavy metals from farming and industry.

Water circulates in cycles of evaporation and precipitation between the atmosphere and earth, where it appears in underground aquifers, lakes and rivers, glaciers, snowpacks, wetlands, permafrost and soil. Respiration from green plants and trees is an integral part of this cycle. We in Summit County live basically in a forested oasis surrounded by huge arid areas, in our state and in the neighboring states. We get significant rain and snowfall, but recently our pine trees are being decimated by the pine beetle. Will that have an impact on our rainfall?

The population of Colorado has grown from 26,000 in 1861 to currently 4,665,177 and growing. The demand for water continues to increase in our state and neighboring states.

I recently attended a water workshop course given at CMC by the Blue River Watershed Group. Water rights and how our water is distributed to the Front Range and neighboring states was discussed. I never realized that administering, managing and regulating water was such complicated process.

One of the main contaminants in the waters of Summit County is from years of mining. The Blue River Watershed Group is sponsoring a forum on Mining and Watershed Planning in Summit County from 7-9 p.m. March 19 at the Community and Senior Center in Frisco for anyone who is interested in this issue. Speakers from various agencies will introduce the Snake River watershed plan. They will talk about the history of mining in the Snake River basin, the impacts of mining on the watersheds in Summit County and what efforts have been done in the past and what will be done in the future to clean up the watershed. An overview of the aquatic life in the watershed will be given and there will also be an opportunity for the public to have their questions answered in a friendly atmosphere.

Dr. Joanne Stolen recently retired from Rutgers University where she taught microbiology. Her scientific interests are in emerging infectious diseases and environmental pollution. She is now a full-time resident of Breckenridge.

Mountain Pine Beetle

The Mountain Pine Beetle is killing our mountain forests as we look on and just watch them turn red and die. What can be done...

Check out the Pine Beetle Web Site to find out the progress our Task Force has made on this devastating issue.

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I-70 Congestion

Is there anything we can do about the Congestion on I-70? Click on links below to find out more.

Click here to see our I-70 Survey Results. 

Click here to learn more about CDOT's Proposed Alternatives.

Click here to read about Some Other Ideas.

Click here to find out how you can Give Input.

10 million vehicles traveled through the Eisenhower Tunnel in 2000. CDOT (the Colorado Dept. of Transportation) estimates...

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