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Ski hill gains elevation

Allen Best

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – It’s probably not enough to warrant revising the trail maps, but Mt. Rose has gained just a little bit of vertical in the last eight months. A swarm of 1,600 tiny earthquakes coincided with a slight shift in a Global Positioning System station on Slide Mountain, where the ski area is located. The mountain rose 8 millimeters, or about 3/8ths of an inch, researchers said.”We’ve been watching earthquakes for 30 years in the Tahoe area and have never witnessed an earthquake swarm anything like this,” said Ken Smith, a research seismologist for the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.Causing the earthquakes is molten rock that is migrating 20 miles below the surface of the Sierra Nevada. But there’s no need to fear lava flows on the ski slopes, say experts contacted by the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Chances of a volcanic eruption within current lifetimes is almost nil.Nearly all the recent earthquakes were too small to be felt. Several decades ago, however, a 6.0 jolt near Truckee damaged the dome on the Nevada state capitol several dozen miles away. An even larger earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.5, struck the area in 1887.

BANFF, Alberta – Ashtrays disappeared from bars and restaurants in Banff on Aug. 1 as a new town law went into effect.Establishments that do not want to order their smoking patrons out onto the sidewalk have the option of creating designated smoking rooms, although waiters and waitresses cannot be asked to provide service in such rooms.Not much grumbling was evident among those businesses contacted by the Rocky Mountain Outlook, but then it’s not 40 below outside yet.

FRASER, Colo. A real estate project between the towns of Fraser and Winter Park has adopted the name “cabins” for a townhome project. Prices for the MooseHorn Cabins start at about $450,000, reports the Winter Park Manifest.


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