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Lightning hits dirt biker

Allen Best

CRESTED BUTTE – You may have heard that you can’t get hit by lightning while driving a car – because of the insulation of the rubber tires.Actually, you can get hit by lighting while in a car – or on a motorcycle. And that’s exactly what happened when two brothers from Texas were riding their dirt bikes in the Taylor Park area near Crested Butte in early September. The brother who was not hit told police that he saw his bother go straight up and then fall back on the road. He was treated at a hospital in Gunnison, about an hour away, and then flown to Grand Junction for further treatment. The Crested Butte News did not disclose the extent of his injuries.Wolves and bears killed in BanffBANFF, Alberta The Banff area not only has major wildlife-migration routes, but also a transcontinental highway and railroad. Despite ambitious efforts to accommodate the wildlife that are often cited as the most advanced in North America, wildlife have been big losers this year.The Rocky Mountain Outlook reports three grizzly bears and two wolves have been killed by either trains, trucks or cars this year. This leaves the local wolf pack perilously small. Meanwhile the grizzly population is also considered threatened. Further efforts to reinforce already extensive fences, to prevent the animals from digging below them, are being discussed.Crested Butte considers expansionCRESTED BUTTE – Twenty-year old plans for the expansion of Crested Butte’s ski area expansion onto nearby Snodgrass Mountain are now being reconsidered by local and federal officials.The expansion – technically, it’s a new ski area, because it’s separated by a short distance from the existing ski area – would have 300 acres of mostly intermediate terrain. Ski-area officials have identified intermediate terrain as the most pressing need to attract destination visitors and get them to return for a second year. Crested Butte officials say they have a relatively low return rate compared to other ski areas because there is so little diversity of terrain. However, a new group called Friends of Snodgrass have an alternate plan for Snodgrass Mountain: nothing new. Vail, Colorado

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