Mountain News: LEED certification too costly 

MT. CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. — Improved recycling of construction materials seems to be moving into the mainstream, as witnessed by a story from the base of the Crested Butte ski area.

MT. CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. — Improved recycling of construction materials seems to be moving into the mainstream, as witnessed by a story from the base of the Crested Butte ski area.

There, a bank building and transportation centre have been removed to make way for a new project. John N. Norton, a consultant for the ski area, reports that virtually every thing in the deconstruction was saved. The toilets, sinks, and windows were saved. The sheetrock is being mulched and used for fill. The asphalt and concrete, except for that with rebar, will be ground up and used again.

In their place will be buildings that will have far more wall and roof insulation than required by code. Evaporative cooling will be used in place of air conditioning. High-efficiency light fixtures, and light fixtures that limit light trespass and pollution. And so on down the line.

Yet the building will not be LEED certified, due to the cost. Norton says he asked the project architect John Ashworth, who designs buildings of the National Park Service, how this building compared with others his firm does in the mountain West. "In the top 5 per cent," he said.

Nazi comparison outrageous

CANMORE, Alberta — Recently, a swastika was spray-painted on a van bearing U.S. license plates in the Canmore area. Elsewhere, in letters published in newspapers, others have more explicitly equated the United States wars in the Middle East with the actions of Nazi Germany during World War II.

The Rocky Mountain Outlook says the I-hate-everything-American contingent has gone over the top in equating U.S. actions with those of a German regime that was directly responsible for the murder of more than 12 million innocent civilians.

Even CNN, which the Outlook believes is a propagandist for George W. Bush, would have noted the corralling of Iraqi-Americans into cramped slums deprived of food, water or medical supplies were they occurring, says the newspaper. Nor has America’s alternative media reported a Bush doctrine to wipe out all other nations on earth while singling out one particular race as the equivalent of rats. Nor, unlike the brownshirts of 1930s Germany, have police in U.S. cities pistol-whipped homosexuals who refuse to wear pink armbands everywhere they go.

"Much like Canadians would be outraged to find a hammer and sickle spray painted on their vehicles while traveling south of the border, U.S. travelers should not have to accept being subjected to anti-American radicalism while traveling abroad," concludes the Outlook. "Such expression is uncivilized, hateful, and inappropriate."

Intrawest sells Moguls

PARK CITY, Utah — Intrawest has sold its vacation wholesaler division, called Moguls Mountain Travel, to Park City-based Lespri Property Management Co. However, the headquarters for Mogul will remain in Boulder, Colo.

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