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The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado now has 12 garden sites. As well, the local branch of an organization called the Urban Land Army is out to put green chilies and gladiolas in weedy lots and neglected back yards, reports the Durango Telegraph .

Katie Kelley, the founder of the local chapter, tells the newspaper that she started a garden while living in an apartment. "Eating your own food and sharing the harvest was so much fun. Once you eat something freshly picked, you can't go back to eating your food any other way."

Darrin Parmeter, a horticulture extension agent from Colorado's land-grant college, Colorado State University, tells the newspaper he gets 5 to 10 calls a week from people wanting to start a backyard garden.

Bison leg - Duuude!

DILLON, Colo. - Arapahoe Basin was among Colorado's first ski areas, opening in 1946. Then, for close to 60 years, very little changed.

In recent years the ski area is looking a lot more like your typical destination ski area. There is snowmaking, a new expansion area called Montezuma Bowl, and now a new mid-mountain restaurant, Black Mountain Lodge.

This is quite a change from the place whose mid-mountain dining consisted of hamburgers and hot dogs.

The Summit Daily News reports that the lodge recently hosted its first full-moon feast, the sort in which guests exchanged their coats at the door for shots of cinnamon amaretto.

The bison leg served for dinner was a hit all around, reports Kimberly Nicoletti, the Daily News reporter. "Duuude - it's really good," said a snowboarder on one side. "Excellent" and "delicious" raved an older couple.

Fire evacuation plans pushed

EAGLE, Colo. - It's not shaping up as a big year for wildfires in most mountain valleys of the West. But wildfire is never far from the thoughts of Barry Smith, the director of emergency preparedness for Eagle County.

His projects this year include evacuation planning for Eby Creek, a subdivision of several homes located amid a forest of piƱon and juniper trees near Eagle, 30 miles west of Vail.

Planning for the eventuality of wildfires in Colorado is a relatively new thing. Smith, a firefighter since the mid-1970s, says even the 1994 death of 10 firefighters near Glenwood Springs failed to wake up people to dangers, even in towns just a few miles away, in Gypsum, Eagle and Vail.

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