Mountain News: Denver contemplates Olympic bid 

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The newspaper said the snowmobile gathering has a reputation for its party atmosphere, with as many as 200 riders and onlookers gathered.

Kyle Hale of Golden Search and Rescue told the newspaper that high-marking "seems to be the apparent cause of the accident." An Associated Press report further fingered the high-marking of three daredevil snowmobilers.

As of Tuesday, a team of 10 RCMP investigators had begun an examination into the deaths of snowmobilers Shay Snortland and Kurtis Reynolds. They were also looking to talk to the organizer of the Big Iron Shootout, Dave Clark, who hasn't been seen since the weekend.

 

Pfish upstream at Telluride

TELLURIDE, Colo. - Twenty-two years after Pfish first played in Telluride, the band will return for a two-night run this summer. This time, a much bigger crowd is expected, probably 9,000 for each of the shows.

By the sheer numbers, this will pump some money into Telluride's ailing economy. Tourism officials estimate $500,000 in lodging receipts for the two nights, with the 3,400 pillows within town limits sure to be sold out.

But cops see problems, and the town's chief marshal, Jim Kolar, expects to need 25 to 30 extra officers to deal with public urination, drug overdoses and other infractions.

The Telluride Daily Planet reports that to make sure locals get a chance to see the show without binoculars, 1,500 tickets will be allocated for townspeople.

The newspaper says band members, when they first played Telluride in 1988, slept on the floor of a local house. This time, they're likely to sleep in greater comfort.

 

Aspen's carbon footprint shrinking

ASPEN, Colo. - Aspen city officials have let two contracts in their bid to harness the power of water tumbling down Maroon and Castle creeks. In 2007, city voters voted overwhelmingly to authorize the $6.1 million effort to create a new hydroelectric plant at the site of one that existed from 1892 to 1958.

The latest step was authorization of a $2.3 million contract to construct a 42-inch pipeline. The pipeline will deliver a total of 85 cubic feet per second of water to the hydroelectric plant. The plant is expected to produce 5.5 million kilowatt hours annually, allowing the city's utilities department to expand its non-carbon electric portfolio, now 75 per cent, by 8 per cent.

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