Moab winning windmill race |

Moab winning windmill race

Allen Best

MOAB – Moab has bested Park City in an intra-Utah rivalry regarding renewable energy. The two had vied to see who would have the most electricity users sign up to buy wind power.

In Moab, 1.85 percent of total electrical use comes from the wind. In Park City, it’s only 1.09 percent, despite the involvement of all three ski areas there – Deer Valley, Park City and The Canyons. Apparently, however, the citizenry has been somewhat less than enthusiastic.

Still, Park City Mayor Dana Williams tells The Park Record that this push for renewable energy won’t go away. ” People want us to be on the vanguard of things, whether the issue is tourism, whether they are environmental issues or housing issues,” Williams said.

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Building boom, Silverton-style

SILVERTON What is happening in Silverton is not in anybody’s wildest imagination to be confused with the building booms of Vail, Jackson Hole or Canmore in Canada.

Still, by standards of Silverton, the flurry of building permits being filed is the stuff of front-page news in the Standard & the Miner.

“Silverton can probably expect to see seven new houses on the slopes overlooking town in the near future,” reports the newspaper. “And more may be on the way.”

The slopes in question are devoid of avalanche danger, something of a rarity in the rural precincts around Silverton, but there are questions about access by emergency vehicles as well as concerns about risk of future wildfires.

Fires have been scare in recent years, but a 20,000-acre fire raked the area 125 years ago.

Elsewhere, the newspaper reports a general surge in the economy. Local employment has increased 23 percent in the last three years, and winter sales tax revenues have climbed, owing probably to the opening of a new ski area, Silverton Mountain. The ski area in late April was reporting a base of 107 inches in the final week of operations.

Coyotes attack dog near Telluride

TELLURIDE – Coyotes are being fingered in the attack of an 80-pound dog on the outskirts of Telluride. A woman said the dog suffered puncture wounds and a gash while she was walking the dog, off-leash, in the area of the town park. Coyotes had been heard in the area.

A veterinarian told The Telluride Watch that coyotes don’t often attack large dogs, and speculated coyotes had cubs in the area.

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