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The operator, Star Mine Operations, now has a permit from state regulators. Workers have stabilized tunnels in the 125-year-old workings, working shifts around the clock. Mining of silver could begin by summer, and owners hope for a decade's worth of production, they tell The Watch.

Telluride plugs away at grid

TELLURIDE, Colo. — Bit by bit, town officials in Telluride are plugging away at decarbonizing their electrical supply. The latest stride comes with purchase of 215 panels in a community solar farm in the sunny Paradox Valley, 129 kilometres to the west, in the canyon country near the Utah border.

The town spent $187,000 for the panels, which will produce about $45 worth of electricity each per year. Mountain Village, the municipality adjoining Telluride, has also purchased panels in the array, notes the Telluride Daily Planet.

Telluride and Mountain Village in 2009 called on their communities to do what's necessary so that 100 per cent of the communities' electricity will come from renewable sources by 2020.

Gleanings from Aspen: fortunes, small fortunes

ASPEN, Colo. — Gleanings of the Aspen Daily News this week provide two compelling testimonies that Aspen just ain't like anywhere else.

Consider a local court case in which an heir to one of the continent's great fortunes sought free legal counsel. The 25-year-old named Cargill says his mother and her boyfriend are blocking his rightful access to a $250 million inheritance.

And then, in the public schools, a $100,000 flight simulator has been ordered. Private donors are paying for this and other instruction that will allow students at the school to have access to ground school instruction. Still to be raised is money for an aircraft.

Jackson Hole explores elderly house-sharing

JACKSON, Wyo. — Does being elderly necessarily need to be a black and white thing. Either you're in your own home, and then to some institution, usually a nursing home?

A project called Jackson Hole Elders aims for a more comfortable transition. "The standard model is that you're in an institution with long hallways and there's a structure for caring for people," Sandy Shuptrine tells the Jackson Hole News&Guide.

But with a model being examined in Jackson, a house would be shared by 10 to 12 people, each with private bedrooms and bathrooms. But the kitchen, dining and living rooms are all shared space. For each five to six residents, a caregiver would be available for cooking and supervising. A registered nurse would be present for most of the day and on call at night.

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