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Mark Reece tells the Aspen Daily News that he plans a boutique operation: maybe eight lanes, gourmet food and comfy couches. None of those cheap plastic chairs at this joint.
South Lake Tahoe bags ban on plastic
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — South Lake Tahoe almost certainly will not join the 55 cities and five counties in California that have restricted the distribution of plastic shopping bags, reports the Tahoe Daily News.
The three elected officials at a recent municipal meeting all shared concerns about the effect of a ban, including the worry that reusable bags are hard to clean and can spread food-borne illnesses.
However, a recent poll in nearby Truckee shows strong public support for a ban, says the Sierra Sun.
Another ski area, or a hoax?
TELLURIDE, Colo. – Heartburn has returned to Telluride, this time courtesy of a familiar figure in backcountry land issues.
Tom Chapman, an attorney, has made a career out of buying old mining parcels deep within wilderness areas or other public tracts in Colorado and then threatening to develop them. A few times, he has engineered the cheap land parcels into substantial land exchanges, in one case in the 1990s leveraging land — and a bluff — in the West Elk Wilderness near Paonia into attractive developable land near Telluride.
In 2010, Chapman bought three old mining claims in the Bear Creek drainage, which is adjacent to the Telluride ski area, and long a favorite haunt of Telluride's elite skiers.
Now, Chapman has applied to the U.S. Forest Service for a permit to create a new ski area. The plan calls for 1,300 acres of hike-to and perhaps helicopter skiing in one of the highest bowls in the Rocky Mountains. The highest elevation would be 4,132 metres (13,555 feet) and the lowest 3,524 metres (11,562 feet) at the mining claims. He promises to control it for avalanches.
As before, he claims that his strategy is to protect his private property interest. But his history is one of trying to leverage real money from the relatively inexpensive purchase of the mining claims. Sometimes it has worked, and in other cases, such as near Crested Butte and Beaver Creek, not so well.
Avalanches a crapshoot
MARBLE, Colo. – It's always a crapshoot if you get into an avalanche. The random ways of the snowy torrents were revealed in two cases, one in Colorado and one in Montana in recent weeks.
In Colorado, four skiers were descending a chute near Marble, southwest of Aspen, and one of the four got knocked down in a relatively small slide that carried him 76 metres (250 feet) and left him under three feet of snow.
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