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Ski trail signs applied to airport

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- The federal government has turned to the ski slopes for ideas about how to move travelers through the security review at airports. In a test program first launched at Salt Lake City, and then in Denver, travelers can chosen between the black-diamond, the blue and the green lines. The black-diamond line is intended for experienced travelers who carry little luggage, reports The Denver Post. The green line is for families, for example, who move more slowly, and also those saddled with many carry-on items.

 

Big parking garage debuts

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The 280-car parking garage, located adjacent to the $35 million Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, has been completed. An array of lights atop the garage will use light emitting diode technology, which lasts longer and uses less energy. The cost is higher, but Larry Pardee, the public works director, estimates the payback period of only 2.4 years.

Town officials had originally hoped to put solar collectors atop the parking structure, but discovered that the extra weight would increase the cost of steel and concrete by $250,000 in a project already well over budget. Instead, town officials now hope to create a solar-collecting farm near the community sewage treatment plant.

 

Schools in session until mid-June

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – School won’t get out in Jackson Hole until June 12 in 2009. That will be two days longer than usual. On the other hand, Christmas break will last two full weeks. Unlike in Colorado, where public schools start in mid-August, letting out in May, school in Jackson Hole starts in early September.

 

Old building to be fortified

PARK CITY, Utah – A recent earthquake in Nevada turned attention anew to the likelihood of quakes in Park City. One of the town’s most notable structures, an old school house that now serves as the city hall, would likely collapse in the event of a 7.0 magnitude quake. Recognizing the potential for mayhem, city officials had previously set aside $5.3 million for upgrades that will make it less vulnerable to earthquakes, among other improvements, reports The Park Record.

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