‘Crested beut’ reveals much in Maxim mag 

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – Heidi Montag must be a woman of extremes. After growing up in Crested Butte, she’s now in Los Angeles, where she has been a star of MTV’s hit reality show “The Hills.” A regular in the fanzines, she is also the cover girl on this month’s issue of Maxim, which seems to be the Playboy Magazine for males of Gen Y.

The Denver Post, under a headline about “Crested beaut,” reports a “revealing pictorial” of the 21-year-old in Maxim, and a quick dance across the Internet shows the surgery-augmented lass in plenty of skimpy bathing suits.

And just think, if she were still in Crested Butte this winter, she’d have to be bundled up to her eyeballs to handle the 30 below nights.


Prices of Steamboat’s ski-in homes soaring

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Steamboat Springs is fast establishing the kind of real estate prices that are more commonly associated with Vail, Aspen and perhaps Telluride. The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports of a 6,277-square-foot slope-side townhome that was subdivided into a duplex. One side sold for $5.4 million and the other side for $5.3 million. Unbuilt lots in the same neighbourhood are listed for $2 million.

Another property has an asking price of $4.3 million, and real estate agent Arlene Zopf of Steamboat Village Brokers says that many potential buyers see the price as no barrier. “I have a lady from Texas coming this weekend, and she only wants to look at ski-in, ski-out properties – only the best.”


Neighbours get agreeableto burning of pine slash

GRAND LAKE, Colo. – It looked like the meeting might get stinky. Grand Lake town officials were planning to begin burning slash from 6,000 acres of trees killed by mountain bark beetles. Expediting the burning is to be a Dumpster-like machine that can burn an average of two tractor-trailer loads per hour, while leaving little ash. But neighbors were not happy to have the incinerator, and especially its smoke, in their neighbourhood.

The Sky-Hi Daily News explains that the $250,000 budgeted this year by Grand Lake town officials allows them to cut down every infected tree that is 4 inches in diameter or larger. Without the ability to haul trees a short distance, to the portable incinerator, the town could process only half as much.

The controversy dissolved, says the newspaper, after the neighbours had an opportunity to vent, heard the rationale, and then discovered that they could also dispose of their own slash in the burner.


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