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Whistler mayor hopes to get Canmore into Step

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However, one town planning commissioner says that business owners he contacted favoured the competing commercial hub, because they could also locate businesses there.

Bronze elk nailed

FRISCO, Colo. — Roadkill rarely makes the front page of a newspaper. But then, the elk hit by a motorist at the roundabout in Frisco was no ordinarily elk, but instead a $38,000 bronze sculpture. The Summit Daily News said no motorist had been nabbed for downing the elk statue. Still standing in Frisco were bronze bears and bighorn sheep.

Ketchum may get YMCA

KETCHUM, Idaho — Ketchum is moving forward with plans for a YMCA recreational complex and community centre. The 85,000-square-foot facility is to include an ice rink that converts to an indoor event centre, two indoor pools, a gymnasium, and so forth. Total cost is estimated at $16 million, of which $6 million has so far been raised. The land is free.

Guardrails an aesthetic issue

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Even the aesthetic of highway guardrails matters at Lake Tahoe. There, the California transportation agency, called Caltrans, installed shiny, acid-etched guardrails on the highway between Truckee and Kings Beach. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency wants brownish guard rail, which seems to be more expensive but blends into the scenery. The local agency is suing to get its way.

Ice climbers risk all

SILVERTON, Colo. — An ice-climbing route near Silverton is called Stairway to Heaven. It almost became something else recently when, during a heavy snow storm, an avalanche knocked a climber 200 feet down the gully.

As a companion went for help, the climber lay huddled in a sleeping bag when a second and then a third avalanche roared down. He was evacuated to safety, reports the Silverton Standard, but even as rescuers wrapped up their work, another batch of climbers made their way to confront the challenge, and risk, of the ice and unstable snow.

Avon limits light pollution

AVON, Colo. — Add Avon to the list of towns with an ordinance restricting light pollution. However, it might not be immediately obvious. The new law allows five years for offending fixtures to be modified. Among the most substantial offenders is the town itself, which expects to spend upward of $300,000 over the next several years changing fixtures on street lights. Unregulated will be light bulbs of 60 watts or less.

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