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Yoga embraced by kindergartners

Allen Best

TELLURIDE As it has spread across the Americas, yoga also seems to be everywhere in the ski towns. Aspen Magazine this winter has a story about yoga becoming a guy thing. In Telluride, it’s also a kindergartner thing.

The Telluride Watch explains that yoga classes for preschoolers began at the local Elks Lodge several years ago, which in turn has led to yoga for kindergartners at various public schools. At Telluride High School, students can take yoga in lieu of ski and physical education. Several cheerleaders who did so were surprised at their added flexibility.

Water a factor in Winter Park upgrades

WINTER PARK The Winter Park-Granby area is supposed to be the “next big thing” in Colorado. Intrawest has taken over the ski area, and plans to put together a railroad-themed village at the base while other developers are crafting million-dollar “cottages” in the woods and sagebrush around the two towns.

The big question in all this is where will the water come from to service all this development? This isn’t a desert – it’s actually among the soggiest areas in the American West. But Denver and other Front Range cities, as well as farmers, long ago began diverting water under the Continental Divide, and now take about 75 percent of the flows from Grand County, where the resorts are located.

And given how Denver and its suburbs are growing, they would like to expand that to 83 percent.

The latest word out of Winter Park is that county officials have been negotiating with Denver representatives, in the hopes of coming up with an agreement that allows water to be shared. “A lot of our water needs and solutions have to do with Denver using some flexibility in their collection system,” explained County Commissioner James Newberry to the Winter Park Manifest.

Soda and candy machines vanish

JACKSON, Wyo. Students returning from Christmas vacation discovered that the cafeteria was different – no more soda and candy machines, but instead machines dispensing juices, granola and fruit.

The junk netted the high school $75,000 a year, helping subsidize food operations. However, the Jackson Hole News & Guide says that sales of the new, improved foods seem to be just as brisk. Other schools in the district had previously eliminated the junkiest of the junk food.

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