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Dotsero

By David Kotzebue, Examiner.com

Volcanoes in Colorado? You betcha! One of the most famous, and a still-active volcano, is the Dotsero Volcano. It erupted some 4,000 years ago, and a mud flow crossed across what is now I-70. The Dotsero volcano, two miles northeast of the town of Dotsero is on the radar screen of the U.S. Geological Survey, which rates the threats of volcanoes across the country.

In the first comprehensive report on volcanoes since Mount St. Helens erupted 25 years ago, Dotsero was rated as a moderate threat for its potential to spew volcanic ash into the air and disrupt airplane traffic. Also active in our area is the Yellowstone caldera, which underlies most of Yellowstone National Park.

Dotsero, however is not likely to erupt in our lifetime. So, go ahead and climb it! The crater itself is north of the interstate, above the trailer park. The summit is at 7,316 feet, and the base is at about 6,155, making for an elevation gain of 1,161 feet, a moderate climb.

The reward of this climb is not only the 360-degree views, but diamond collecting! Low-grade diamonds can be found around the rim. Take some home!

While in the area, you may want to take in the great kayaking centered around State Bridge, just to the north of Dotsero. Dotsero is also home to 23 other mountain peaks, check MountainZone.com for details.

 


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The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper's Editorial Board.

Individuals selected for the board will be asked to serve a four-month term beginning mid-August.

The Editorial Board includes two community representatives and four members of the newspaper staff.

Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, Editor Lisa Schlichtman, Assistant Editor Jim Patterson and veteran reporter Tom Ross serve as the board's newspaper representatives. Current community representatives on the board are Geoffrey Petis and Tami Havener.

The Editorial Board formulates the Our View opinions expressed on the ViewPoints page of the newspaper Wednesdays and Sundays. The Editorial Board meets at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the newspaper offices, 1901 Curve Plaza.

Readers interested in serving on the Editorial Board should email a letter and resume to Schlichtman at [email protected] or send it to the Steamboat Pilot & Today, P.O. Box 774827, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Letters also may be dropped off at the Pilot & Today office at 1901 Curve Plaza. Call Schlichtman at 970-871-4221 with questions.

Steamboat Today hosts local issues meeting Wednesday

Steamboat Today's next Coffee and a Newspaper will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the newspaper office, 1901 Curve Plaza. The proposed Steamboat Springs School District bond issue will be the topic of discussion. Superintendent Brad Meeks and other district officials will attend to present information and answer questions from the community. Coffee and pastries will be served. Members of the newspaper staff — including Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, Editor Lisa Schlichtman and Assistant Editor Jim Patterson — also will be on hand to answer questions.

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