Park City loses a Starbucks |

Park City loses a Starbucks

Allen Best

People addicted to a daily venti of Starbucks will still have one Starbucks-affiliated pour shop and six restaurants in the Park City area that proudly proclaim they brew Starbucks beans, notes the Park Record (Sept. 13).

Steamboat draws doctors

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – With the addition of seven new physicians this summer, the active medical staff at Steamboat’s Yampa Valley Medical Center has hit 50.

That’s roughly one physician for every 200 people in Steamboat, although it should be noted that Steamboat draws patients from a much broader area and, at the same time, is far enough away from Denver (130 miles) to discourage patients from seeking big-city alternatives. A recent survey found that only 8.5 percent of Steamboat residents surveyed leave town for medical care.

Scott Ford, who chairs the local economic development council, told The Steamboat Pilot that the local medical industry could become almost as important to the local economy as coal mining and tourism.

Paramount in his thinking seems to be the attractiveness of strong health-care in attracting second-home buyers.

“It definitely is an asset in our community that weights heavily for them,” he said.

Lake Tahoe pollution studied

LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – A $2 million study has been launched to determine how air pollution is affecting the prized gleaming-blue clarity of Lake Tahoe.

Among the sources of the air pollution are smog from Sacramento and the Bay Area, forest fires and local cars, notes the Tahoe Daily Tribune (Sept. 3).

One study already completed by the University of California at Davis finds that lake clarity is not being affected by the pollution from the cities, but pollution from local cars is at least a small problem.

Even so, Tom Cahill, a professor of atmospheric science and physics, says dirty air has little impact on the lake, because the concentration of pollutants is low and comprised of fine particles that don’t tend to settle on Tahoe.

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