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Telluride also not on I-70

Allen Best

TELLURIDE – The “We’re Not Another Congested I-70 Resort” theme that has been noted in Crested Butte, Steamboat and Aspen has now spread to Telluride and adjacent Mountain Village.

There, the new executive director of the convention and visitors’ bureau, Leary O’Gorman, is aiming to close the gaps on the shoulder seasons. One of the initiatives aims at the Colorado Front Range, trying to entice visitor for long weekends.

“People are taking shorter vacations and four-day excursions are close enough to use the car,” he told The Telluride Watch. Telluride is about seven hours from Denver.

In its advertisements in newspapers and on buses in Denver, Telluride is iterating the “Colorado as it used to be theme.”

“Telluride is what Colorado was 50 years ago,” he says. “Remember the first time you drove over Loveland Pass and saw Summit County? Now you drive through the tunnel and see the strip malls of Summit County.”

Yellowstone bison killed by geothermal gas

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. Five bison found dead in early March were probably killed by poisonous gases emitted from geothermal vents, the National Park Service says.

Park officials believe that a cold front created a cap in the basis along the Gibbon River and the steam and toxic gases – both hydrogen sulfide ad carbon dioxide – remained close to the ground, because they are denser than air. The former gas is easily identified by people because of its “rotten egg” odor.

According to a report in the Jackson Hole News & Guide, the fairly constant winds in the Yellowstone area dilute and disperse gases so that it would be “almost unheard of for a park visitor to be overcome by toxic fumes.”

Not so animals. In 1889, six bears and one elk were found in an area now called Death Gulch. Seven dead bears were reported in the area in 1899.

New backcountry hut planned in Banff

BANFF, Alberta A new backcountry hut is to be built by the Alpine Club of Canada in Kootenay National Park. The hut is to replace the Fay Hut, which was destroyed by one of the several lightning-caused fires that chewed through Banff, Kootenay and Yoho national parks last summer.

This new hut will be served by helicopters, which will fly out sewage collected in outhouse barrels while flying in cords of firewood, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

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