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Fuming resumes over I-70 congestion

SILVER PLUME, Colo. – Without even looking out the door, you can tell it’s ski season in Colorado. The complaints are rising once again about the congestion of Interstate 70 between Denver and Summit County.

“Visualize tail lights,” says Rob Witwer, a retiring state legislator in Colorado. Writing in The Denver Post, he says it’s questionable whether Colorado could mount a credible bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2018 given existing conditions. “Do we really believe the International Olympic Committee would favor a location with such an overburdened infrastructure?” he asks.

On a snowy weekend, with traffic backed up for miles to the twin bores through the Continental Divide called Eisenhower and Johnson, there’s no end of blame to go around. Breckenridge resident Bill Doig blames cars without good snow tires. “Ticket and fine heavily the bozos who slide around on bald and inadequate rubber,” he fumes in a letter published in the Summit Daily News.

Michael Penny, the Frisco town manager, tells the Rocky Mountain News of plans to make traffic information available on changeable signs at resort lift stations and by text messages to cell phones. The purpose, he says, is to allow skiers to decide to ski until traffic improves, or perhaps leave early to beat the rush back to Denver.

Are high-speed trains the answer? The Rocky Mountain Rail Authority is about halfway through its study of potential trains for both the I-70 and I-25 corridors in Colorado. A lot of different options remain on the table.

 

Boycott likely to fizzle

PARK CITY, Utah – Talk of a boycott of Park City’s Sundance Film Festival in January seems to be sputtering. The Park Record reports that the gay-friendly Queer Lounge intends to return. Ellen Huang, the founder and program director, told the newspaper that it is important for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community to use the opportunity for Sundance “to ensure their stories about our community reach a broad audience.” The boycott talk had materialized because of the role of the Mormon church, which is based in nearby Salt Lake City, in drumming up support for California’s Proposition 8, which outlaws gay marriage.

 

Vail switches legal notices

VAIL, Colo. – Vail’s town government has decided to forego publishing the full text of laws in the Vail Daily and instead post the laws on the town’s website. The move will save the town $20,000, town officials say. The Vail Daily’s publisher, Steve Pope, argues that the change is a bad one. He contends it is “unreasonable to expect that the common person” will regularly visit the town’s website, whereas 90 per cent of local residents scan his newspaper.

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