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Tahoe drivers master roundabouts

Allen Best

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Two dual-lane roundabouts have debuted in Truckee. Similar to the experience of other resort areas, traffic engineers report that drivers in the Lake Tahoe town are having no problems with them. The experience mirrors that of Vail, where the modern roundabouts first appeared in the West 10 years ago. State traffic engineers in California were skeptical the roundabouts would provide both capacity and safety. Instead, they wanted stoplights. Based on what they have seen during recent weeks, reports the Sierra Sun, the state engineers seem to support adding several more roundabouts Truckee’s state highway.California electrical needs hurt DurangoDURANGO – California is among the nation’s leaders in the effort to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other forms of air pollution. But a new report from an environmental group points out that it’s partly a matter of “do what I say, not what I do.”In fact, California utilities own substantial portions of many coal-fired power plants in the West, but particularly in the Four Corners area. And those power plants are anything but healthy. The report by Environmental Defense documents impacts to the San Juan Mountains, where Durango, Telluride and various other ski towns are located.Southern California Edison, alone, owns 48 percent of two of the five generators at the Four Corners Power Plant. The plant, according to the Environmental Integrity Project, is among the 50 dirtiest power plants in the nation based on its discharge of nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide and mercury.The study found that six plants that sell electricity in California – two in Nevada, two in New Mexico, and one each in Arizona and Utah – emit 10 times more sulfur dioxide than all the coal-fired power plants in California combined.It gets worse. The plants discharge 10 times more smog-producing oxides of nitrogen and 200 times more mercury than the California plants. These emissions are then carried by wind toward Durango and the San Juan Mountains.”It is inescapable that if California is going to achieve its own global warming targets, it has to also grapple with the pollution it exports with hidden coal plants in areas like the Four Corners region that produce a staggering amount of pollution,” said Vickie Patton, an attorney with Environmental Defense. Environmentalists and health advocates tell the Durango Herald that the coal-burning plants are poisoning lakes and sullying mountain views in the San Juans with a hazy yellow-brown film.Vail, Colorado

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