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“I confess, I don’t understand why these incidents keep happening and why you are always at the centre of them, Mr. DeBoer,” said the judge, Tim Day.

In this particular case, three bicyclists told authorities that DeBoer passed dangerously close to them in his truck as they rode their road bikes up Game Creek.

DeBoer, 66, lives across the road from the trailhead. In the past, notes the Jackson Hole News & Guide, he has had conflicts with people walking dogs who do not keep them under control, with people who do not clean up after their pets, and also with cyclists who ride fast down the backcountry trails.

After a previous encounter four years ago, DeBoer was ordered to complete 80 hours of community service, 30 of which could be conflict-resolution counselling. He completed none of them. He was also placed on probation for nearly backing his car into a woman at the trailhead parking area.

 

Vail Resorts to manage Tahoe hotel

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Ground is being broken on June 25 for a $410 million convention centre. A condominium hotel, to be managed by Vail Resorts, is to be named “Chateau at Heavenly Village.” Other condominium hotels are also planned, reports the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

 

Bluegrass Fest going ‘green’

TELLURIDE, Colo. – The Telluride Bluegrass Festival almost from the start has been about more than bluegrass. This year, for example, the lineup includes jazz musician Chick Corea and the burly everymen of rock, Los Lobos.

But the festival, which is being held this weekend, has from its start 34 years ago also been about environmental ethics. In early years, explains the Rocky Mountain News’s John Lehndorff, who was there, festival organizers simply asked the attendees to pick up after themselves. They did and continue to do so, he said.

The “greening” of the festival has accelerated in recent years. A salient year was 2002, when New Belgium Brewing Co., the maker of Fat Tire beer, signed on as a festival beer sponsor. The company had an employee who had the title of Sustainability Goddess and whose only job was to find ways to increase sustainability at the beer company. She found plenty to change.

Water bottles made from cornstarch were introduced in 2004. In 2005, travel by artists was offset by purchases of wind-powered energy credits. In 2007, the offset was increased to cover travel by staff and audience, too. As well, the number of water taps has been doubled so fans will fill reusable water bottles, instead of tossing plastic ones. Festival-goers are also encouraged to take their own beer cups.

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