Mountain News: Albertans, residents trade barbs in Invermere 

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The newspaper reports that in the decade ahead, the ski company also plans a 500-seat fine-dining restaurant atop Vail Mountain, yet another lift in the Back Bowls, and a replacement of that original quad lift from Vail Village that was installed 22 years ago this summer.

Also planned is a new gondola, to service a new base area real estate development that is being called Ever Vail. Obviously, Vail isn’t sitting still.


Toyotas most common

ASPEN, Colo. – Although a Ferrari coupe valued at $561,000 and four other cars valued in excess of $200,000 are registered in Pitkin County, Toyota is the most common make of vehicle, reports The Aspen Times after a factoid cruise through public records.

Not far behind Toyota is Ford, followed by Jeep and, more distant, Chevrolets and Subarus.

That said, new Toyotas range in price from $12,000 to $62,000. However, Prius has been the best-selling model at a local Toyota dealer in recent years.

The newspaper also noted that Pitkin County has 18,039 cars as compared to 14,872 residents. That’s six times more vehicles per capita than the average for Colorado.


Jackson buys hydro electricity

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Jackson town official have committed to buying renewable energy for the next five years to satisfy all of the town’s electrical needs. The renewable energy — it comes from a nearby hydroelectric dam — will cost the town $45,000 more than electricity created by burning coal and other fossil fuels. However, town officials believe stepped up efficiencies in electrical use, such as retrofitting lighting fixtures, will offset that extra cost. The town is currently using 8.5 to 9 million kilowatt hours annually, notes the Jackson Hole News & Guide.


Stand your ground

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Bear activists are condemning the killing of a 660-pound bear shot by police. Police had been summoned to a house at about 5:30 a.m. by a family, which had taken refuge in a bedroom.

Once a cop arrived, he opened the garage door to provide an escape route for the bear. However, when the police sergeant looked through the dining room window, the bear growled and charged. The cop shot the bear with a shotgun. The wounded bear was later found under the deck of a nearby home. The Tahoe Daily Tribune explains that police rousted the bear from the hiding place, and then shot it.

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