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The Vail Daily notes that both state and federal governments have considered allocating money to control tamarisk, but control is not easy. Hand-cutting and herbicide application can cost up to $5,000 per acre, while burning the stands only seems to cause them to redouble their growth.

As well, there is now another issue, in that a bird that is imperiled has begun using the tamarisk for nests, since the bushes it formerly used are now gone.

Sellers near airports must disclose zone

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Beginning in January, a new California law will require people trying to sell homes near airports, including the Truckee Tahoe Airport, to notify potential buyers that the property is within an airport influence zone.

Airport managers hope the law will, in the long run, reduce complaints about noise, says the Sierra Sun. Real-estate agents believe the law will protect both buyers and agents from litigation concerning noise and safety.

Unclear from the story is how the law governs increasing airport use. In other words, can property owners expect noise to increase in volume, or airport hours to expand?

New ski could make ‘shoers into XC skiers

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — So why do so many people want to walk across snow in snowshoes when they could be skiing?

That has perplexed people at Steamboat’s Nordic Touring Center, as well as elsewhere. But in Steamboat they’re paying attention to a new ski, the Nordic Cruiser, from Fischer. They’re following the shorter and wider theme of alpine, telemark, and backcountry skis, which in turn provides more control. The new ski, reports The Steamboat Pilot, is as much as 35 centimetres shorter than more traditional cross-country skis. As well, technology employed in the waxless kick zone doesn’t sacrifice as much speed and gliding ability as old-school waxless skis.

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