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While no mining is now being done in the area around Ouray, a place once called the Switzerland of America, mining sentiments remain strong. Mining industry representatives were able to portray the proposed ban as a forum about mining in general, and so the county commissioners agreed not to take any action now but said the ban is open to discussion in the future.
Pretty faces is goal
SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. While the ski season has now officially started in Summit County, others are talking about pretty faces. Several businesses have banded together to create a contest that will result in one person getting a $14,000 physical makeover.
"I think people don't see that you can be glamorous in the mountains," said Johanna Raquet, patient co-ordinator at the Summit Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, one of the sponsoring businesses.
Some of the stuff doesnt sound exactly cutting-edge glam. Yoga? Pilates? New contact lenses or glasses? But then theres new clothing, chemical peels, and even dental work, and possibly botox injections.
The Summit Daily News reports that the makeover experience will be documented in reality-type programming on RSN, a resort-oriented television network.
Silverton gets in fast lane
SILVERTON, Colo. High-speed Internet service has finally penetrated the icy fastness of the San Juan Mountains to reach Silverton, a town of about 500 year-round residents. About 70 customers are expected. Eventually, technology permitting, wireless roaming hot spots will be installed.
Amy Gass, executive director of the Silverton Chamber of Commerce, told the Durango Herald that high-speed Internet access will attract new businesses to Silverton and accommodate more home-based businesses.
Condos at the corner store
TELLURIDE, Colo. Can there be any doubt that real estate rules in the mountain resorts? Not only is for-sale real estate a part of nearly every new hotel built in recent years, but it may soon underwrite groceries.
Thats the message in the Telluride area, where The Telluride Watch reports several plans for new grocery stores or expanding existing ones. One entrepreneur, who wants to more than double his 10,000-square-foot store, proposes to build and sell 12 condos in the same complex. He also has grocery stores in Aspen, Vail, and several other mountain towns.
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