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Crested Butte stresses efficiency

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – Crested Butte is planning an ice rink, but it is being very clear with all involved that it wants energy efficiency to be of the highest priority. The concern is such that they have wanted assurances of what the Crested Butte News described as the “pro-green” outlook of the architectural firm.

But there is also a hint that the long-term energy efficiency and the up-front costs may be a balancing act. Bob Gillie, the town building and zoning director, said reducing energy use will probably require building a geoexchange system, which he believes will be very expensive. “It’s something we want to investigate, but there’s no doubt it will take more money to do that,” he said.


Foresters take look at smoke shacks

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – U.S. Forest Service officials skied around Crested Butte Mountain Resort recently to examine what the Crested Butte News describes as “smoke shacks.” The newspaper says the structures range from simple lean-tos to fully enclosed tree houses, and they can be found from high-traffic areas near ski lifts to the extreme terrain.

Such structures, says Dan Nielsen, the Forest Service patrol captain, are illegal on national forest land without authorization. Other resorts also have such structures, he said.

Crested Butte in the past has obliterated the smoke shacks, although without total success. Lately, though, it has made it a priority. Neither is marijuana smoking, if still illegal in Colorado, a high priority for police enforcement in Mt. Crested Butte, says police chief Hank Smith.

“In our world, given staffing levels and the other problems we may be dealing with, if someone is smoking a joint and doing nothing but --- on our priority list, that’s somewhere below cows on the road,” he said.


Major development gets first nod

MINTURN, Colo. – The Minturn Town Council has given first approval to annexation of former mining lands envisioned for high-end resort development.

However, still to be negotiated is how much money the developer would guarantee Minturn. The Vail Daily says that a final vote on the annexation is likely yet in 2008.

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