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Geekiest States Survey

Study Confirms 10 Geekiest States in America

You know how statistics can lie, so please don't feel slighted if your state isn't mentioned.

In my quest to stay up to date on any and everything related to flood recovery in this area, I come across a lot of diverse and interesting information:

Bats are very good for controlling bug pests such as mosquitos, but they also carry diseases that are transmittable to humans. The article compared them to deer mice, which carry the often-fatal hantavirus and breathing dust from their feces is how people get it. My chances of coming into direct contact with a bat are very slim, but I am constantly having to clean up poop from deer mice. One time a microbiologist said some people might develop an immunity from years of low-level exposure, and I hope that is the case for me.

With climate change, the snow melt in Arctic Alaska is coming earlier and earlier, at the rate of about 1/2 day per year. "The rates of advancement in earlier breeding are higher in Arctic birds than in other temperate bird species, and this accords with the fact that the Arctic climate is changing at twice the rate."

Read more at: Earlier Snowmelt Affecting Arctic Birds

The concern is that the birds will alter their normal migratory patterns. Even though the climate may be trending warmer, there will be off years where the snowmelt is later, and they will be unprepared.

Studies of geological formations along the Colorado River near Moab, Utah have shown that there are been more major flooding events that shaped the rivers in the southwest than previously thought. It looks like historically there have been around 13 major floods per millennium, more frequently than previously thought.

Prior to September 2013, our previous flood of any size - depicted as a "100-year flood," was in 1976. Nobody has decided if the flood here in September was a 500-year, or a 100-year flood. On one level we realized that a 100-year flood means the probability is .01% chance of a similar event in any given year, and a similarly devastating event could happen two or more years in a row, but our gut feeling was that we were safe until 2076.

Our local little town of Estes Park (6000 people) recently acquired "a used military Humvee, received for free from the US military through Department of Defense Excess Property Program, or the 1033 program. This program is authorized under federal law and managed through the Defense Logistics Agency's Law Enforcement Support Office. It provides surplus Department of Defense military equipment to state and local civilian law enforcement agencies. Local law enforcement agencies receive notices of equipment that is available for use in their organizations. The Humvee was originally used for special operations. The Estes Park emergency response team will utilize the vehicle for deployment to off-road areas that could not normally be accessed with a standard sedan."

As Wars Wind Down, Small Town Caps Inherit armored vehicles

They also bought a used SWAT command center vehicle from Boulder, CO - a college town - for $4000. You know that owning these aggressive type vehicles is going to motivate the police department to find opportunities to use them. Local citizens are trying to figure out where in the city limits there are any off-road areas that the town's fleet of SUVs (supplementing the sedans referenced in the article) can't get to. Yes, there is lots of off-road around here, lots and lots, but it's out of the town cops' area. I think they want an excuse to respond to emergency calls out of their jurisdiction. And who in their right mind would turn down a free vehicle

This is what they got:

But this would have been more fun to see coming down the street in the annual Snowflake Parade:


posted on June 26, 2014 12:26 PM ()


Overkill. Some police departments in small towns got radiation suits. LOL. Our tax dollars at work?
comment by jondude on June 27, 2014 7:13 AM ()
That Humvee could come in handy, you had plenty of bad washouts I seem to remember last year in your area.
That swat vehicle in a town like yours seems way off centre'
We had AL GORE on tv this week talking about climate change with an MP who wants our government to scrap the carbon tax and bring in the same as
comment by kevinshere on June 27, 2014 2:28 AM ()
We are living in the last best time. The idiots are ignoring what needs to be done about climate change. They think God will take care of things.
comment by tealstar on June 26, 2014 8:57 PM ()
The cops are totally out of control already and it will be much too late by the time people are ready to do something about it.
comment by jjoohhnn on June 26, 2014 5:06 PM ()
I'd like to think these armored things are a joke, and everyone will have a good laugh seeing them in the parades, but no, it's just scary. Kind of like people who have a fear of clowns.
reply by troutbend on June 26, 2014 8:11 PM ()
I don't even know what some of the survey terms mean. Does that make me more or less geeky?
comment by boots586 on June 26, 2014 3:47 PM ()
I can't decide if Utah is a magnet for oddballs, or there is so little to do there they all go crazy and turn to those odd pursuits. I just decided: both.
reply by troutbend on June 26, 2014 8:05 PM ()
"Snowflake parade"????? Does Gay Pride know about this?!?!?!!?
comment by greatmartin on June 26, 2014 2:51 PM ()
I forget the real name of it - it's not Parade of Lights because that's the one in Denver.
reply by troutbend on June 26, 2014 7:57 PM ()
You can relax, according to our venerable Senator Inhoff there is no such
thing as climate change. Yea Right!
comment by elderjane on June 26, 2014 12:46 PM ()
We'll tell those birds!
reply by troutbend on June 26, 2014 7:59 PM ()
Ron was concerned about the bat poop at our house ... Tried to clean it up regularly.
comment by kristilyn3 on June 26, 2014 12:32 PM ()
Especially with babies in the house.
reply by troutbend on June 26, 2014 7:59 PM ()

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