Editor’s top 5 web picks: Colorado 14er restoration, okra recipe, A-Basin ski season ends, & trail ettiquette | PostIndependent.com

Editor’s top 5 web picks: Colorado 14er restoration, okra recipe, A-Basin ski season ends, & trail ettiquette

Compiled by Caitlin Row

1. Learn about the avian flu and how it’s impacting poultry shows across the United States.

“According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 47 million birds in 16 states have died or been slaughtered since December 2014,” reported Katie Bolin. “Although the H5N2 virus has been moving around the globe for years, spreading via direct contact with infected wild and domestic birds, this particularly deadly strain mutation has state animal boards and agriculture departments scrambling to get the virus under control.”

2. Check out a skillet-roasted okra & shrimp salad recipe online.

According to The Kitchen Diva, “Okra is at its most flavorful when its pods are small, tender and slender. For roasting, frying or grilling, select pods that are 1-4 inches long. Longer pods tend to be tough, and should be used only for long stewing methods like soups, stews and gumbos.”

3. Learn about etiquette used on Colorado trails, including communication and friendliness.

“When you see horses, mules or llamas on the trail, slow the heck down,” wrote Colleen O’Neil. “Then step off the trail on the downhill side, talk to the rider and the animal (this lets the creature know that you’re a person). If the animal seems anxious, consider taking off your backpack or helmet and dismounting your mountain bike. Keep talking in a calm voice as all the animals pass you by, paying special attention to the last animals. If there are newbies in the bunch, they’re often at the end of the line.”

4. Learn about Colorado’s ski season finally ending on June 14. A crowded last day was made possible at Arapahoe Basin due to late-season snow.

According to Phil Lindeman, “All that unexpected snow led officials to extend the season by one bonus weekend, becoming the final North American ski area to close. Other stalwarts like Whistler Blackcomb in Canada and Killington Ski Resort in Vermont shut down by late May.”

5. Learn about Colorado’s 14er trails needing $24 million in restoration.

“The fourteeners have paid a price for surging popularity,” wrote Scott Condon. “The growing number of hikers and climbers in recent decades has resulted in more trail degradation. Colorado Fourteeners Initiative Executive Director Lloyd Athern said many of the peaks have user-made trails through gulches and over tough terrain. The trails were never planned and aren’t necessarily sustainable. Many are eroding or leading to damage to nearby vegetation.”

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