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Durango ski area aims to expand

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

DURANGO ” Durango Mountain Resort, the former Purgatory ski area, has plans for bigger and better things during the next 20 years.

During that time, reports the Durango Telegraph, the ski area would like to expand its capacity by roughly a third, to 9,600 skiers a day. It also wants to expand its terrain by 22 percent, add 10 lifts, and substantially boost its snowmaking capacity.

The public doesn’t seem to have much to say about the ski area expansion, but there is a lot of comment about the impacts of the ski area’s development on private lands, says Richard Speegle, the recreation project manager for the federal land agencies.



The ski area is on U.S. Forest Service property, but a great deal of real-estate development is occurring.



One party skeptical of the expansion is Colorado Wild. “Our general concern is that ski areas should not expand unless there is a specific demand,” said Ryan Demmy Bidwell, the group’s executive director.

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. ” Some 33 percent of kindergarten students in Jackson Hole schools are Latino, but only 11 percent of senior high students are Latinos. Are they dropping out?

Not so, say Teton County School District officials. The story, says Gary Elliot, principal of Jackson Hole High School, is that the number of Latino students in lower grades is increasing more rapidly.



That said, the newspaper cites evidence that the Latino population, after growing rapidly during the late 1990s, is now leveling off. However, the demographics within the Latino population are changing, with more young women now arriving, in addition to the young men.

WHISTLER, B.C. – Whistler is among the 62 local governments in British Columbia that have signed a charter to make local government operations carbon neutral by 2012. Included in that commitment are municipal fleets, buildings, and public transit.

Part of the mechanism for this is a regional cap-and-trade system that allows those who have exceeded their reductions in carbon emissions to sell these excesses to those failing to meet the goals.

Giving this teeth, explains Pique, is a plan by the provincial government next spring to begin imposing financial penalties on both governments and businesses that don’t meet their targets.

Environmentalists have criticized the charter as not being ambitious enough, but do believe that these teeth are important. “Is it everything we would have liked to see? No. Does it go further than we expected by creating real penalties? Absolutely,” said Ian Bruce, a climate change analyst for the David Suzuki Foundation.


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