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Ski town wants to trash trash

Allen Best

WHISTLER, B.C. – Whistler’s municipal council has nearly tripled the cost of garbage disposal as a key part of its plan to eventually reduce solid waste to zero. By driving up the cost of landfilling garbage, the town hopes to encourage more careful recycling and reduced consumption. As well, a major composting facility is now operating near Whistler.Driving this effort, in part, is the growing problem of where to put garbage, explains Whistler’s Pique newsmagazine. Currently, garbage is dumped in a landfill near Whistler, but that site will be adjacent to the athletes’ village to be built for the 2010 Winter Olympics. As such, that landfill is being abandoned this year.The town had considered hauling it to a landfill in Washington state 620 miles away. Instead, the trash will be hauled 124 miles into the interior of British Columbia.How realistic is it that Whistler can reduce its garbage to nothing? Pique accepted that goal at face value, perhaps regarding it as being similar to New Year’s resolutions about being kind and cheerful to one’s neighbors.Tahoe town tackling trafficTRUCKEE, Calif. – More evidence yet is arriving about how California is, in some ways, far behind the intermountain states in various trends. At Truckee, work has just begun on a set of dual-lane traffic roundabouts adjacent to Interstate 80.The Sierra Sun reports town officials had a hard time selling California state traffic engineers on roundabouts. In fact, there seems to have been comparisons to flying pigs. The town carried the day after offering to chip in city money that would have otherwise gone to directional lights. Such multi-lane roundabouts first showed up in Colorado 10 years ago.Waves not of the howdy-do sortINCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. New research suggests the potential for major earthquakes at Lake Tahoe, and the nearby region of Reno and Carson City, Nev., is much higher than previous studies have shown.Seismologists have found evidence of three earthquakes with a magnitude seven or higher. Models predict that if such an earthquake hit, waves of 10 meters could result. This compares with the highest waves of 14 meters that hit Indonesia last December, notes the Tahoe World.Vail, Colorado

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