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EDWARDS – Instead of creating heat or cool air, why not just move existing hot or cold air from one place to another? Jim Lynch, co-founder of Rocky Mountain Geothermal, will break down the ins and out of geothermal heating and cooling and how it works in homes. “HVAC Outside the Box Tapping Earth’s Energy” is the next installment of the Green Building Group’s free lecture series. Lynch will speak from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, in the Slifer Designs conference room above the Starbucks in Edwards. For more information, call 569-3890.

EDWARDS KZYR Radios Community Focus will take up the Eisenhower Tunnel Wednesday at 7 p.m.Host Rohn Robbins guest will be Mike Salamon, supervisor of the tunnel for the past 25 years. He will talk about how the tunnel was built, how it is operated and likely about the chances of another bore, Robbins said.The show runs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 97.7 FM.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Traffic through the Eisenhower Tunnel set an all-time January record with 983,218 vehicles recorded during the month. The previous record was set last year, with 947,035 vehicles.The average daily count for the month was 31,717 vehicles, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Traffic through the tunnels also set a top-10 hourly record Saturday, when 4,450 vehicles passed through the tunnel between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. CDOT spokesman Bob Wilson said it was the third-highest eastbound/westbound count in history and the highest-ever count for winter traffic.Vail, Colorado

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