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Heavy Tahoe snows not record breakers

Allen Best

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Storms that drenched the Sierra Nevada in late December and early January were exceptional, but no record breakers.The Tahoe Daily News reports that 8.88 feet of snow fell during a two-week period. The record, however is 12.8 feet of snow fell that fell in just a week in 1952.Just the same, Tahoe is getting full again. Last fall there were stories speculating about the lake falling to record low levels. Now, the lake level is up 6 inches, with the existing snowpack promising to bring it back up another two or three feet. But that will leave still more several feet before the lake rises above the rim.Couple found frozen in carMAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. Sheriff’s deputies found a 32-year old man and a 19-year-old woman, both from Mexico, inside a car in Mammoth Lakes. The Mammoth Times says the two were frozen, but says only that the circumstances of the deaths were being investigated.Durango condo prices rise 60 percentDURANGO – Real estate prices have been ratcheting up rapidly in Durango and its suburbs, but also at the ski area of the same name about 17 miles away.Almost stunning was the 60 percent escalation last year in prices of townhomes and condominiums. The median price is now $241,000 in Durango. Single-family homes rose in price only 16 percent last year in Durango and in the nearby town of Bayfield.Meanwhile, the base area project at the Durango Mountain Resort is gaining momentum. Real-estate salesmen told the Durango Telegraph that five years ago there was a glut of old condominiums for sale. “Sometimes there were 10 to 12 properties for sale in just one complex. You couldn’t give property away,” said broker Cathy Craig. “Right now, there are less than a dozen properties for sale in the base area. People are snatching everything up.”While rising rapidly, the prices remain only a third of those at some other base-area villages in Colorado, the real estate agents say. Also, the economies of Texas and Nevada, which constitute major markets for the resort, are regaining vigor. The ski area owners expect to ultimately build more than 1,600 housing units.Vail, Colorado

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