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Now, the U.S. Forest Service is planning more timber sales, some 2,500 acres altogether around Vail and Minturn. And the Vail Daily is finding some evidence that these logging operations won’t be well received, even if the area is beset by bark beetles that are killing most of the lower-elevation lodgepole pine trees.

Thinning of forest stands just won’t work, says Forest Service officials, and the dead wood has a brief time when it is of value to sawmills and other uses.


GOP sifts through e-mails

TELLURIDE, Colo. – Colorado’s open records laws allow individuals and organizations to request copies of public records. With that in mind, an organization called the Republican Study Committee of Colorado has asked for the e-mail messages sent by all three Gunnison county commissioners, plus Garfield County’s Trési Houpt and San Miguel County’s Art Goodtimes. All are Democrats save for Goodtimes, a Green Party member.

The Telluride Watch says that the e-mail records of the last five years show that Goodtimes is out to reform Club 20, the Western Slope advocacy group. That simple fact is neither new nor news among people who pay attention to such things. Just the same, copying all the records has been a royal pain, said the San Miguel county administrator, something that any number of federal land officials would likely second.


Athletes turn to real estate

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – What do you do once you’ve become the first person in history to snowboard off the summit of the highest mountain on each of the seven continents?

In the case of Stephen Koch, he became a professional speaker, returned to guiding — and this year got his real estate license. Koch’s career choice, says the Jackson Hole News & Guide is part of a theme of professional athletes who have posted their dirt-selling shingles.

“I do this so I can live here,” says Rick Armstrong, once known as “Sick Rick” for his propensity for enormous cliff jumps while on skis. He appeared in both Warren Miller and Teton Gravity Research ski films.

Armstrong tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide’s Michael Pearlman that the transition from athlete to agent has been more natural than many people would expect. As a professional athlete, he had to sell himself, and that’s a skill that transfers well to wooing potential clients.


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