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Why do toads do well in Jackson Hole?

Allen BestVail, CO Colorado

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. Research is underway in Jackson Hole to determine why boreal toads, also called the Western toad, are doing so well along the flanks of the Teton Range, while their populations have been dropping in Colorado?For several decades scientists have studied the severe die off of the toads in Colorado and New Mexico. The specific cause is a fungus called chytrid that damages the toads skin, which the it uses to regulate moisture and to breathe.Amphibian researcher Peter Murphy of Idaho State University tells the Jackson Hole News&Guide that many of the boreal toads in the Tetons carry the same pathogen, but they didnt seem to be affected by it. His goal is to figure out why.The research from the Tetons is being compared against similar research involving toads near Steamboat Springs.

DURANGO, Colorado Theres more legal sparring in the Four Corners region, where the once prized air clarity has given way to smudged skies.Much of the problems come from old power plants, including the Four Corners Power Plant and San Juan Generating Station, located on the Navajo Nation. The fear is that the proposed Desert Rock coal-fired power plant will worsen the soup.The Durango Telegraph reports that nearby Mesa Verde National Park was named among the top 10 most threatened parks by the National Parks Conservation Association.That group, along with Earthjustice and Environmental Defense Fund, is challenging the federal government, arguing that the Bush Administrations proposed rule changes would weaken pollution rules that would allow Desert Rock to emit dirtier air.

KETCHUM, Idaho – For the last six years Ketchum has been talking about what it needs is a good hotel, the better to revive its flagging tourism sector in what, ironically, was the nations first destination ski town.Leading the hurrahs has been the Idaho Mountain Express, which now likens the latest hotel proposal as being in the ninth inning. That project, Warm Springs Ranch, located at the bottom of the Bald Mountain ski trails, is a rather massive affair, but loaded with the hotel rooms that the city craves.Yet the local planning and zoning board wants the developer to replace the for-sale penthouse suites with more hotel rooms. The developer, Stan Castleton, says that request/demand is likely a deal breaker.Defer to the developer in this case, says the Express. Its the ninth inning. If Ketchum again heaps requirements that are impossible to meet on a hotel project, it would be the citys third strike. The city could find itself out of the game.

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