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Still, Aspen has a long ways to go in shrinking its carbon footprint overall to the degree embraced by both the Mayors' Agreement on Climate Change, a pact to which many of the ski towns are a party, and Aspen's unique Canary Initiative. This shift, when completed, represents a 0.6 per cent community-wide reduction in carbon emissions as compared to a 2004 baseline.

Would-be Jihadist worked in ski country

EDWARDS, Colo. - First came that news that a petite, 46-year-old blond-haired woman in Pennsylvania who called herself Jihad Jane had been accused by U.S. authorities with conspiring to murder a cartoonist in Sweden who had drawn cartoons that offended Muslims.

Then came the report that a woman from Colorado, also blonde-haired, had been questioned in Ireland in connection with the same investigation. She was then released.

The Denver Post found that the woman, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, had been living in Leadville for the last couple of years and working about 40 miles away in Edwards, located down-valley from Vail and Beaver Creek. She worked as a medical assistant at the Eagle Care Clinic, an office that primarily serves the poor and uninsured.

Dr. Kent Petrie, the clinic's medical director, described her as an "excellent and dedicated" employee.

Family members said that she had been a hellion when young, but last year had begun corresponding on the Internet with Muslims. About a year ago she told family members she had become a Muslim, and in time began wearing a scarf called a hijab, and then a burqa. Among those she communicated with on the Internet were Jihad Jane and the Denver airport shuttle driver who has been accused of planning to bomb New York City.

Then, on Sept. 11 last year, Paulin-Ramirez went to Denver, parked her car, and flew to New York City with her six-year-old son. Family members and her employer said they had no warning she planned to leave - or any word whatsoever.

 

High-end real estate percolating

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, Colo. - Yet more evidence arrives of the return of the high-end real estate market. A week after similar news in Wyoming's Jackson and Idaho's Ketchum, the Telluride Daily Planet reports an uptick in real estate transfer fees collected in Mountain Village.

The newspaper says that the slope-side municipality collected $1 million in the year's first two months, more than triple the collections from the same period last year.

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