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Unless there are challenges, construction on that Northstar project, called Highlands, is set to go. No challenges are expected, says the Sierra Sun, because East West Partners has already worked out deals. First, as environmentalists wish, the company has agreed to levy real estate transfer taxes on the sales of properties, with the money to be allocated to buying open space. Second, East West has agreed to build 96 employee housing units, alleviating concerns by the Town of Truckee. And third, after the Washoe Indian Tribe worried about disturbance of prehistoric sites, East West agreed to avoid those sites when feasible during construction.

The project is considered a key in shifting Northstar away from being a ski area that caters to only day skiers to one that competes for destination skiers.

Granby wants dozer destroyed

GRANBY, Colo. — It’s now two to one. Joining Grand County officials, the Granby Town Board wants to destroy the bulldozer used in the rampage that gutted or damaged 13 buildings last June. The only dissenting voice is the local historical association, which urges a longer view.

"I think it should be destroyed," said one trustee at a recent meeting. "I think it should be destroyed," said another. "Get rid of it, destroy it," said another as the Granby town trustees worked their way toward a unanimous vote.

Marvin Heemeyer had encased the seating area of the 70-ton bulldozer with plate steel and concrete, then outfitted himself with three guns, video cameras, firing ports, and a ventilator. In all, it took him seven months to build. He culminated his rampage against his supposed enemies by committing suicide.

Down-valley going up-town

BASALT, Colo. — The New York Times got the story at least half right. In profiling Basalt, a town about 18 miles down-valley from Aspen, the newspaper noted that it is attracting the same type of outdoorsy people that Aspen lured 20 years ago. In fact, Basalt is attracting many of exact same people who moved to Aspen 20 years ago, added The Aspen Times parenthetically.

But another echo has also begun. Basalt is also attracting New Yorkers who don’t want to bump into the same New Yorkers in Aspen that they bump into while on the elevators in Manhattan.

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