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"I believe that in the ’70s there was a greater prevalence of drug use per capita because you didn’t have the same depth of community structure and involvement that you have now," said Terry Ruckriegle, a district court judge and a Breckenridge resident for 20 years.

Co-housing makes the ’hood

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Co-housing, a popular housing trend in Europe that is slowly gaining a foothold in the United States, is now being tried for a second time in Steamboat Springs with a project of 12 single-family homes and six townhomes.

In co-housing, explains The Steamboat Pilot, the spaces between homes in the project is an open area lined with walkways leading to one another’s homes. Garages and parking areas are on the perimeter, to encourage casual interaction among neighbours. Some amenities, such as workshops, are typically shared. Residents can collaboratively plan, design, and maintain the developments.

"We’re not just developing real estate. We’re creating communities and neighbourhoods and places for people to live," said Rob Dick, the project manager for the new Steamboat project, called River Place. Home prices range from $250,000 to $300,000. Sizes range from 1,200 to 1,725 square feet.

Dick was behind another co-housing project, Butcherknife, along with Ellen Høj, the former director of the Routt County Planning Department.

Tahoe to host gay ski week

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — First was Aspen with its Gay Ski Week, which annually draws 3,500 visitors while adding $12 million to the local economy. Then, during the last few years, both Telluride and Whistler have been reaching out to homosexuals with similar ski-oriented festivities.

Lake Tahoe now wants to get in on that action. An event, Ascent: the Winter Party, is planned for late February and early March. Organizers are planning for 700 to 1,500 participants. The gambling, ski, and general tourism industries all seem to back the event. "As a destination, to turn our eye or to make judgments on people would be horrible," said Don Marrandino, who heads the Lake Tahoe Gaming Alliance. Among the events will be drag races down ski slopes at Heavenly Mountain.

Vail Resorts stock surges

AVON, Colo. — Stock in Vail Resorts has surged in recent weeks based on the likelihood that Vail will sell some of its RockResorts hotels, which are located from Breckenridge to Jackson Hole to Lake Tahoe. After three years of dampened business travel, hotels are now doing better.

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