Resort considers cow-dung conversion |

Resort considers cow-dung conversion

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

SUN VALLEY, Idaho ” The town of Sun Valley in January joined the Mayors’ Agreement on Climate Change. But how does it honor its pledge to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions for which the town is responsible?

Town officials are searching. One pitch the town council heard recently came from a firm called Intrepid Technology and Research. The firm, reports the Idaho Mountain Express, proposes to use cow manure to produce both a fertilizer similar to peat moss and carbon that could be burned in lieu of natural gas to heat homes and businesses.

The dung would be collected at a dairy farm along the Snake River Valley, and the gas would be shipped north to Sun Valley.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ” The haze in the Steamboat Springs area was thick enough last week that people were asking where the fire was.

It wasn’t anywhere in Colorado, although there was some speculation that the opacity was the result of wild fires in California.

However, a scientist at the Storm Peak Laboratory, which is maintained by Reno’s Desert Research Institute, theorized that the haze was the result of pollution and biomass aerosols from Denver and other cities along Colorado’s urbanized Front Range corridor. Ian McCubbin said he analyzed winds and weather patterns, and also air particles and aerosol concentration at Steamboat before coming up with his theory.

“It’s definitely some sort of regional aerosol contribution,” he said.

Aerosols are particles suspended in a gas, which can include oxygen.

TELLURIDE ” Telluride recorded a record number of skiers last winter, 426,000, but may be hard put to match that feat next winter, no matter how much it snows.

A number of projects promise to make Mountain Village, where most of the hotel beds are located for the ski area, into a construction zone. The ski area operator, Telluride Ski and Golf Co., is pushing group sales as a hedge in the reduction in bed base.

Ken Stone, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, cautioned that record skier days don’t necessarily mean record profits.

“You can also have more skier days and lose money if your yield isn’t good,” he says. “Our job is to improve yield.”

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