Tiff reported at Yellowstone Club
BIG SKY, Mont. – There’s trouble, or at least a lawsuit, in the paradise known as the Yellowstone Club. There, former Tour de France champion Greg LeMond is claiming that the developer of the private ski resort has cheated him out of millions of dollars. LeMond, 45, was an early investor in two limited liability companies that control the Yellowstone Club.The mastermind behind the Yellowstone Club, rags-to-riches timber baron Tim Blixseth, 56, claims that LeMond is trying to profit from Blixseth’s hard work. “He’s an aging athlete whose income-producing ability has been usurped by Lance Armstrong,” Blixseth told Bloomberg.Bloomberg notes that Blixseth is going global with a new project called Yellowstone Club World, one of about 25 so-called destination clubs that have sprung up in the past five years to serve the wealthy as they become even more wealthy. For example, to get into the Yellowstone Club World will require $3 million plus annual dues of $37,500.Durango in mayors’ pact, hoping for green libraryDURANGO, Colo. – The issue of dependency on foreign oil continues to overlap that of climate change. That became apparent in Durango, where the city council has joined the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement.While the vote was unanimous, Councilman Doug Lyon insisted on language in the city’s resolution that states that continued dependence on foreign fossil fuels poses a threat to national security.The commitment to rolling back greenhouse gas emissions in Durango to 1990 levels, as specified by the mayors’ agreement, may be relatively painless. Bob Ledger, the city manager, said he believes no substantial costs will be incurred. For example, the city had already set aside money for next year to tap the methane captured from wastewater.At the prodding of town residents, the city is also planning to seek green-building certification, under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, for the new municipal library. The LEED certification quantifies energy savings, but the certification also helps projects obtain grants. The certification is “not frosting on the cake,” said Mayor Sidny Zink. “It’s the cake.”Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado CO
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