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The intent of the system is to provide affordable housing to those who work in Aspen and Pitkin County but cannot afford the high market rates. However, on several occasions owners and tenants have been accused of gaming the system to get below-cost weekend and vacation homes.


Snowboarder killed in slide

DILLON, Colo. - A 20-year-old snowboarder was killed in an avalanche near the Arapahoe Basin ski area The slide carried the snow rider an estimated 1,000 feet, and nearly buried the body, reports the Summit Daily News. In unrelated cases, nearby Highway 6 across Loveland Pass was also closed by avalanches that had apparently been triggered by skiers.

Revelstoke assembling energy plan

REVELSTOKE, B.C. - With $80,000 rounded up from local, provincial and federal sources, Revelstoke now hopes to get underway a study of the community's energy foundation. John Guenther, the community planning director, told the Revelstoke Times Review that the plan will address land use, transportation, and building designs - all within the context of energy. The city, located on both the Columbia River and along the TransCanada Highway, also is considering how it might generate energy from biomass, sewage, and small hydro systems.


Observatory pitched to Snowmass

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Elected officials in Snowmass Village seem at least mildly interested in a pitch for an observatory.

David Aguilar, a part-time resident of nearby Carbondale, told officials that Snowmass would make a splendid site for an observatory - and it could be a tourist attraction.

"What we're finding is that people's interest in science, especially astronomy, is going up," said Aguilar, an astronomer and director of public affairs and science information for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center of Astrophysics.

Aguilar, reports the Snowmass Sun, advised town officials of a possible marketing slogan: "Snowmass, where the real stars come out at night."


Breckenridge wants an alpine coaster

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. - The Breckenridge Ski Resort was among the first ski areas to create an alpine slide. Now it wants to create an alpine coaster.

The Summit Daily News explains that the coaster would provide a 2,500-foot-long ride during both winter and summer months. Unlike an alpine slide, which has a solid track of concrete, the alpine coaster would have wheels that would be adhered to a steel track. Ski company officials say the coasters are relatively quiet.


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