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Allen Best

In the past, the snow has been pushed into banks along the town’s main drag, Main Street, and the snow piles have been removed three or four times a winter.

But after the Christmas storms, various Town Council members were talking about the magical appeal of snow piled high, even if it does preclude parking for businesses. “The people who love them are the tourists,” said Skip Berkshire. “They go home with these tales of magic.” Others noted the advertising value of such snowbanks.

For now, unless the businesses complain or unless the snow starts gets grungy, the banks will remain.



Up the hill, at the base of the ski hill, snowbanks of another sort – called avalanches – were reported. A window in one condominium complex was broken, causing the town manager to warn residents of other condominium complexes to be aware of the danger.

Sellers near airports must disclose location



TRUCKEE, Calif. – Beginning in January, a new California law will require people trying to sell homes near airports, including the Truckee Tahoe Airport, to notify potential buyers that the property is within an airport influence zone.

Airport managers hope the law will, in the long run, reduce complaints about noise, says the Sierra Sun. Real-estate agents believe the law will protect both buyers and agents from litigation concerning noise and safety.

Unclear from the story is how the law governs increasing airport use. In other words, can property owners expect noise to increase in volume or airport hours to expand?



Bear killings down in Whistler

WHISTLER, B.C. – Only one bear was killed because of conflicts with people at Whistler this past year, compared with 4 last year and 20 only a few years ago, reports Pique newsmagazine.

Still, police are being called more often because of bears raiding garbage. As such, members of the Whistler Bear Society aren’t ready to proclaim a triumph with their public education campaign about not attracting bear with food.

Because of the high turnover of people, “there’s a new crop of people every year that have to be educated,” said the bear society’s executive director, Sylvia Dolson. “I think most long-term residents know the drill by now.”


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