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As Gunnison and several other counties in Colorado have enacted similar rules, the case is being watched as potentially precedent setting. Appealing the case is the Colorado Mining Association, which argues that state government, not county governments, has authority over mining.


Breckenridge adopts lighting limits

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Breckenridge has passed an ordinance that attempts to reduce light pollution and light trespass. The new law creates two zones within the town. The core town area will have more latitude for lighting, and other areas will have stricter standards. In any event, all new lighting fixtures must adhere to the code, while existing fixtures can be continued for a maximum of 15 years, reports the Summit Daily News.


Sustainability the theme

GYPSUM, Colo. – Something new is being proposed in the Gypsum Valley, about 45 miles southwest of Vail. While nearby is a traditional high-end golf-course based real estate development called Brightwater, the new project being proposed to Gypsum town officials boasts of its sustainability. Some 273 units are planned, some two-thirds of them single-family homes in a low-density fashion.

Kurt Forstmann, one of the developers, said the proposed Winding Creek Ranch may become a model for future resource-sensitive developments. Because the ranch has senior water rights, Forstmann said, a series of lakes and ponds will be the centrepiece of the plan.

Forstmann also says that homes and other buildings will make use of its exposure to the sun. “Colorado has 300 days of sunshine a year,” Forstmann told the Eagle Valley Enterprise. “I think it’s fairly stupid that people aren’t using solar power for electric needs.”

He also said that homes will be highly energy efficient. “I think this is the future of home building,” he said.

The ranch is also to have a 22-acre vegetable farm as well as a working ranch, with homeowners sharing in the bounty.


Parents lobby for French immersion

REVELSTOKE, B.C. – Parents in Revelstoke continue to lobby for a French immersion school.

“As with any new program, growth will come once it is in place,” writes Tanya Secord in the Revelstoke Times Review. “Revelstoke may be a smaller city, but I don’t believe that we should have a ‘smaller town/small thinking’ mentality when it comes to our children’s futures.”

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