Summit County bans smoking
COUNTY, Colo. - By nearly a 2-to-1 ratio, voters in Summit County gave authority to the county
commissioners to ban smoking in bars and restaurants. If the county commissioners do ban smoking
in unincorporated areas, as is expected, Keystone and Copper will be affected.
The six towns in Summit County are not obligated to follow
suit, and from comments made by several mayors to the Summit Daily
News , some of them may not. "I am not a smoker. I
intensely dislike smoke, but I dislike the idea of legislating smoking even more," said
Silverthorne Mayor Lou DelPiccolo. Other mayors made similar comments.
But council members polled by the newspaper suggested
otherwise. "The citizens of Frisco have clearly spoken on this issue," said Bernie Zurbriggen. "We
should not waste any time." A council member in Breckenridge had similar sentiments.
County Commissioner Gary Lindstrom rejects the idea that
government shouldn't legislate smoking, pointing out that one existing law found almost everywhere
is the requirement that restaurant workers wash their hands before working with food.
into icy torrent
Wyo. - "The day the Grasshopper burped," is how the Jackson Hole
News & Guide headlined a story about a glacier
in the Wind River Mountains that melted sufficiently to allow rapid drainage of a
The lake had been located above 12,000 feet about 2.5
miles north of Gannett Peak, Wyoming's highest mountain. Temperatures have been mostly rising for
the last 150 years, and on Sept. 6 enough of this glacier - called Grasshopper Glacier - had
melted that the lake water created a ditch from which the lake waters rapidly flowed.
For several days the water drained, gouging a 30-foot-deep
trench. Hydrologists, who love nothing more than to see the power of big water, were suitably
impressed. "I was just so excited because it was such an event - huge," said Liz Oswald, of the
Charlie Love, a professor who has studied glaciers in the
Wind River Range for 20 years, said such outbursts from glacial-formed lakes are normal. However,
what is notable is that the floods are becoming more common.
owners denied vote
Colo. - By a 74 to 26 percent margin, Telluride voters rejected giving nonresident property owners
the right to vote in municipal elections.
Watch did not endorse the measure, conceding that
the proposal was sure to be defeated because it seems to be an issue of wealth outflanking the
basic democratic principle of one-person, one-vote. After all, they can register to vote in
Telluride if they want - but not other places.
But Telluride is sometimes adventurous in its politics,
the newspaper noted, as evident by its willingness to let residents who are not American citizens
vote in municipal elections. Perhaps residents should rethink the issue at some point, said
The Watch , because what
Telluride increasingly lacks are "full-time, permanent residents with an economic stake in the
community. This is another way of saying that our middle class is shrinking; another way of saying
that our community is threatened."
There are no easy answers to this shrinking community,
conceded the newspaper, which also argued that there is "real logic" to the idea of "enlarging the
community by extending the vote to nonresident property owners."
votes in airline subsidy
Colo. - Voters in Telluride and Mountain Village agreed to levy a 2 percent tax on restaurants and
another 2 percent tax on lodging, with the money allocated to secure airline flights in winter and
The taxes are projected to raise $2 million annually,
eliminating the need for direct-flight promoters to pass the hat on an annual basis. The money is
used to guarantee costs to airlines of providing flights if there are insufficient passengers to
cover the costs.
spreads to ski lodges
- Timeshare, dusted off and given the new name of fractional ownership, has been the rage for a
decade. Now in Aspen, old-style lodges are jumping onto the bandwagon. The latest is the Little
Red Ski Haus.
A group of investors led by a Chicago attorney bought the
22-room (with bathrooms down the hall) lodge, then created a 13-room-with-bathrooms
bed-and-breakfast. But a year later, it remains unprofitable. As such, the owners want to sell
shares good for three weeks each year. Average price will be $84,838.
Some planning commissioners worry that this idea will
spread to other lodges, further reducing Aspen's number of available beds to tourists. But others
praised it as a bold step, one that makes real estate available in Aspen to a market segment that
canafford other projects.
One twist at the Ski Haus is the proposal to keep four
weeks open each year at peak times, when the lodge tends to fill up with guests anyway and at
killed in Grand County
- With not quite a month of rifle hunting season completed, eight moose had been illegally killed
in Grand County. This is up sharply from years past, reported the Sky-Hi News . Although not indigenous
to Colorado, the moose were transplanted from Utah to an area east of Grand Lake in the late 1970s
and later to an area near Creede.
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