Regional Roundup

Brief by Martha Quillen Regional News – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine River Runs High, Wide and Muddy Worries about high water ran almost as high as the Arkansas before Salida’s FIBArk festival, which happened June 12 through 15. But the four-day boating event went swimmingly, especially in attendance.

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Could Nestlé deal benefit Salida?

Brief by Central Staff Water – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine We’ve looked at the drawbacks. But perhaps it’s time for Salida residents to consider the possible benefits from exporting mountain spring water from Chaffee County. Nestlé is a multi-national food products company, and one of its products is Arrowhead bottled water. Nestlé has […]

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How about another road across the Front Range?

Brief by Allen Best Transportation – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine The debate continues about how to best defy Colorado’s mountainous geography between Denver and the mountain resorts. Last winter has brought a spate of new ideas — including some old ideas filched from the discard bin.

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Why did UP’s Operation Lifesaver visit Salida?

Brief by Central Staff Transportation – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine It’s been a while since we’ve heard any gossip about the Tennessee Pass rail line from Parkdale (west end of the Royal Gorge) to Minturn and beyond. The usual chatter is that increased traffic on the Moffat Route, which runs more or less […]

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Jackson Hole may forbid gated subdivisions

Brief by Allen Best Development – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine The planning commission for Teton County, Wyo., has recommended that new gated communities be barred. A staff planner says there are anywhere from five to twenty gated communities in Teton County. One of those gated developments, a place called Teton Pines, is the […]

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A reward for walking the board

Brief by Central Staff Town Life – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine It’s illegal to skateboard or bicycle on sidewalks in Salida (that’s true of most municipalities), and it’s also a law that’s hard to enforce (also true of most municipalities). Getting police to write citations is the “stick” approach, as in “carrot and […]

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Electric co-ops debate coal

Brief by Allen Best Energy – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine The debate about coal and renewable energy sources has been central in several board elections for Colorado’s rural electrical co-ops this summer. Now, two incumbent directors for Gunnison County Electric Association who are standing for re-election are facing challengers who say the co-op […]

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Minturn votes to Ginn-trify

Brief by Allen Best Development – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Despite being sandwiched in by Vail and Beaver Creek, two of the nation’s glossiest resorts, Minturn still has an element of the grime accumulated from its 90 years as a railroad and mining center.

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Million-dollar house sales now common in Basalt

Brief by Allen Best Development – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Million-dollar house sales now common in Basalt Despite the slowed economy, a new record has been established in Basalt for real estate with a $3.4 million closing. The Aspen Times says that the 4,184-square- foot house has views, views, views, plus other splendors.

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Uranium proposal has South Park residents worried

Brief by Central Staff Mining – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine In theory, “in situ leach mining” is a relatively benign way to retrieve minerals from the earth. In practice, though, the proposal has the neighbors in South Park worried. At issue is an area northeast of Hartsel, where Horizon Nevada Uranium has been […]

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Briefs from the San Luis Valley

Brief by Marcia Darnell San Luis Valley – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine No Splashing Splashland, the swimming pool and Alamosa institution, will not open this summer. Years of inadequate maintenance and an embezzling director have left the facility broke and noncompliant with state health codes. Supporters are planning fundraisers to restore the public […]

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Preservation vs. Conservation

Brief by Allen Best Preservation – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine Breckenridge has been fiercely protective of the historical integrity of its 19th-century Victorian architecture. But it has had a hard time reconciling that goal with the growing emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy in the 21st century.

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Guten Tag, Buenos Días, Bon Jour …

Brief by Central Staff Tourism – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine If you work around tourists in Central Colorado, you might want to brush up on your high-school German, Spanish, French, or Italian, as merchants tell us that we’re seeing quite a few more foreign tourists this year, most of them from Europe.

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Love takes the less-traveled road

Essay by Randy Udall Wildlife – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine THE COPS SHOT A COUGAR in Chicago this spring. DNA tests suggested the young male may have begun his journey in the Black Hills of South Dakota, 1,000 miles away. If so, he roamed across three big states, looking for love.

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Jackson Hole may forbid gated subdivisions

Brief by Allen Best Development – July 2008 – Colorado Central Magazine The planning commission for Teton County, Wyo., has recommended that new gated communities be barred. A staff planner says there are anywhere from five to twenty gated communities in Teton County. One of those gated developments, a place called Teton Pines, is the […]

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