One Sheep Mountain to survive
TELLURIDE – The proposal by a retired military officer to rename the Sheep Mountain between Telluride and Rico appears headed for defeat. It is one of 38 summits in Colorado named Sheep, and Bruce Salisbury wanted it renamed Kiamia, an acronym for Killed in Action and Missing In Action.
But Colorado, in addition to a flock of Sheep Mountains, also has hundreds of unnamed mountains, said the San Miguel County commissioners. They suggested that Salisbury draft one of those unnamed peaks to honor military combatants, passing over the 13,188-foot Sheep Mountain near Telluride that is the namesake for a local environmental group.
With that response, this proposal is all but dead. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names, which has authority over names on public lands, almost always defers to local governments.
Blackmailed planner accused of impropriety
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – An associate city planner is being accused of selling scarce development rights to a real estate agent more than a decade ago.
Then, as now, there’s a waiting list for such development rights in the Lake Tahoe area. As explained by the Tahoe Daily Tribune, a real estate agent threatened to expose the planner’s use and sale of cocaine unless she went along with the deal. The real estate agent then sold the improperly obtained development rights for $105,000.
Woman survives plunge into reservoir
GRANBY – A woman who drove her snowmobile into the icy waters of a reservoir barely survived, with her body temperature dropping to 80 degrees before she was flown by helicopter to a Denver hospital. Initially in critical condition, her condition was later upgraded to “fair,” reported the Sky-Hi News.
She and two companions were snowmobiling on the ice of Shadow Mountain Reservoir. After she drove into the water, a companion drove his snowmobile toward the edge, but his snowmobile fell through as well. He managed to get himself out and went for help.