Mountain News: Energy disagreements clear in co-op election 

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Instead of 45,000 incoming seats, as was the cast this past winter, Crested Butte figures it can only afford to guarantee 40,000 seats. The Crested Butte News also notes that there has been talk of directing customers to flights into Montrose, which is the better part of two hours away, as compared to the current 30 minutes. Telluride underwrites the flights into Montrose.

 

Additional parking considered

VAIL, Colo. - Vail town leaders continue to talk about how to get the parked cars off the frontage roads paralleling the interstate highway that splices the town.

The town has two big parking garages, plus one of the best bus systems among ski towns in the West. Still, cars routinely line the frontage roads on busy ski days. Town officials fret about the potential for injury, but also worry that it sends the signal that the ski mountain is full. At North America's largest, that rarely happens.

Various plans call for expanded parking, but all would require additional real estate development to buy-down the costs. The Vail Daily reports the town council thinks ski area operator Vail Resorts should be at the table with its chequebook.

 

Food both local and global

TELLURIDE, Colo. - Eating food from local sources sounds appealing in principle. After all, most food items now travel 1,300 miles or so. Eating local reduces the trucks grinding down the highway, the planes soaring overhead, all of them gulping down vast quantities of hydrocarbons - and spewing out greenhouse gases as they do.

But living in a mountain town adds an incremental challenge to the eat-local principle. The farms tend to be farther away, and the local frost-free season far, far shorter - just a matter of weeks in some places.

Still, here and there restaurants try. Both Aspen and Telluride get serviced by farmers in the Paonia area, located about halfway between. "I like to buy out of a pickup truck," says Lucas Price, who operates a restaurant in Telluride called La Cocina de Luz. "As a restaurant owner, I have the opportunity to develop a relationships with my purveyors. It feels so good to serve that food."

But he tells The Telluride Watch that the shop-local impulse only goes so far. His fish come from South Africa. At least the fish are wild, he says.

 

Building sells, at a discount

ASPEN, Colo.- Real estate has been moving, but at prices sharply discounted from the peak two years ago. The Aspen Times tells of an office building located in downtown Aspen that was listed at $6 million in 2008, just before the stock market crash. It has now sold for $3.1 million. The ground-level space has been empty.

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