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Bulldozer town goes feng shui with rebuilding

Allen Best

GRANBY – Last year, the quietly seething owner of a muffler shop, Marvin Heemeyer, bulldozed his way down the main street of Granby, gutting or damaging a dozen or so buildings, including the town hall. Now, it’s rebuilding time, and town officials have instructed the contractor to incorporate the Chinese practice of feng shui in the design of the new town hall.In feng shui, buildings are laid out based on principles meant to help people who work or live in those buildings to lead healthier, happier, and more prosperous lives. Granby’s town clerk, Debbie Hess, confided to the Sky-Hi News that it was partly her idea. “I like it because it makes for a happier workplace,” she said.Town sticks up for second homesCANMORE, Alberta – Since the mid-1990s, like many resort towns across the West, Canmore has many more windows that remain unlit much of the year. This year’s census revealed that while the permanent residency remained flat, the number of part-time residents increased more than 37 percent.That might be well and fine, except that the provincial government in Alberta distributes tax revenue grants on the basis of residents. Canmore thinks that this formula leaves it with the short end of the stick, namely an enormous infrastructure burden. To that end, Canmore has filed a request with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association to take into consideration this fact when per-capita grants are distributed. The organization’s president told the Rocky Mountain Outlook that it’s possible Canmore’s wish may be accommodated.Bus drivers hard to findSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The slack in the economy is clearly gone. Bus departments are again reporting they can’t find drivers. In Steamboat Springs, with training of drivers for winter routes soon to begin, city transportation director George Krawzoff reported getting only 5 applications for 20 positions. This fact, he said, demonstrates why affordable housing is needed.This comes at time when there is more interest than ever in using mass transit, owing to the increased price of gasoline. Ridership in September was up 7 percent compared to last year, the Steamboat Pilot reports.


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