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Police called to swastika in Park City

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

PARK CITY, Utah ” A swastika appeared on the marquee of Park City’s premier theater, the Egyptian, and police were summoned. But they did nothing.

The symbol, used by Adolf Hitler’s Nazis, among others, had been posted for a presentation of a musical called “Cabaret,” which was set in pre-World War II Germany.

Police told The Park Record said the symbol was protected freedom of speech.

Play promoters had worried about public response, going so far as to query Jewish groups beforehand. But Josh Aaronson, a rabbi, had seen no problems with use of the symbol. The play, he said, doesn’t glorify Nazis. It was, he said, a non-issue.

TELLURIDE, Colorado ” Three times in the last century, a creek that descends through the middle of Telluride before emptying into the San Miguel River has overflowed in its banks, the most recent case being last summer. In certain parts of the country, they call such deluges “frog-stranglers.”

Last summer’s deluge, in which Coronet Creek carried 500 cubic feet per second of water, was tame compared with other summertime cloudbursts in 1969 and 1914 which resulted in floods of 9,000 cfs, and 14,000 cfs respective. Still, last year’s flood was enough to cause town officials to take action.

They have now agreed to spend $1.5 million during the next two years to enlarge culverts, increasing the capacity of the streambed to 500 cfs. That, obviously, won’t handle the bigger floods, but it will require removing 380 dump trucks of material.

The creek will have to be cleaned out again every year, as yet more material from the basins continues to erode.

Because of all the houses and other structures built along the creek’s banks, it’s impossible to carve out a channel large enough to accommodate the sort of flood that the past suggests is likely in the future.

CRESTED BUTTE, Colorado” Cloud-seeding operations were suspended in late February because of the snowpack, which is consistently above 150 percent of average in the Gunnison River Basin, and in places is 160 percent of average.

The basin has been seeded every year since 2002 by a consortium of agriculture, water, and resort organizations, explains the Crested Butte News.


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