Rabid bat found on steps of old school
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -A rabid bat was found on the steps of an old school in Steamboat Springs, the first time a rabid animal of any sort was found in that locality since 1986.Bats migrate south this time of year, so it’s possible the bat fell out the sky as it passed through the area, speculated the director of the county’s department of environmental health. Raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes and coyotes are the main hosts of rabies within the U.S., notes The Steamboat Pilot.Wind electricity gaining customersPARK CITY, Utah – A growing number of towns and counties, ski areas and developers across the West are buying wind-powered electricity, the intent being to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are believed to be increasing the extent of global warming.Among the latest are Teton County, Wyo., and Park City, Utah. Also buying wind-generated power are Vail Resorts Inc. and the Aspen Skiing Co., and probably many others.”We’re talking about making the county walk the walk and talk the talk, and I think this is a nice way to do that,” said Teton County Commissioner John Carney. The purchase of 3,000 kilowatt hours of wind-generated power by Teton County augments 823 residential customers and 23 commercial customers, notes the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Buying the wind-generated electricity costs a little more, $5 per 300 kilowatt hours.In Park City, municipal officials pledged to make 7.5 percent of annual electrical consumption from wind-generated sources. The council also issued a community challenge – if 5 percent of the community uses wind power, the town will increase its proportion to 10 percent.While such gestures are more than symbolic, the greatest gains are probably in transportation choices and land-use regimes that curb low-density sprawl.