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No deal yet for new ski area

Allen Best

CRESTED BUTTE – Do not think the new ski area being talked about at Crested Butte is a done deal, says the community’s primary environmental group.After several rough years, elected officials and others seemed to have reached consensus that Crested Butte needs to become just a bit bigger to become competitive with other destination resorts. The new ski area, located on Snodgrass Mountain, would be across the road from the existing ski area and would offer more expansive intermediate terrain than Crested Butte’s double-black-diamond fare.But Larry Mosher, president of the High Country Citizens’ Alliance, says that’s not the case. A community group ended up essentially ambivalent, he recalled in a letter published in the Crested Butte News.Is it possible for Crested Butte to become bigger while remaining essentially a small town with working ranches, open spaces, clean air and so forth, he asks. It sounds like the debate will be heating up, as the High Country Citizens’ Alliance has proven in the past it has much vigor when it bites into an issue.Speeds lowered to protect grizzliesLAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Come May, when bears emerge from hibernation, the speed limit on the Trans-Canada Highway through Lake Louise will drop from 56 mph to 43 mph.Grizzly bears cross the highway in that area, and vehicles or trains have killed six in the last several years. The grizzly population near Lake Louise seems to be sinking, despite growth of the bears in the broader Bow River Valley. No wildlife-crossing structures have been built across the highway near Lake Louise, nor is there fencing. There are plans to do so, however.Affordable housing, then buses?SUN VALLEY, Idaho – The town council in Sun Valley has adopted a law that requires affordable housing in conjunction with additional development. While commending the council for taking the action, the Idaho Mountain Express says the next task in Sun Valley and Ketchum is to create a major public transit system to ferry workers to jobs at the resorts.Vail, Colorado


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