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SILVERTON, Colo. — Silverton is steadily making its way from being a dried-up-and-ready-to-blow-away former mining supply centre and becoming a gussied-up amenity-laden mountain town where words like "aesthetics" are the stuff of public meetings.

To wit is a plan to build a 350-seat theatre complex. The first construction is at least two years away, but the story in the Silverton Standard was rife with a new sensibility becoming evident in the town.

For example, designers mentioned Frank Lloyd Wright as their inspiration in trying to make the complex "fit into the landscape." Just as notable was the cautious reaction of a planning commissioner, who wondered if this was compatible with the town’s future look. Because of the land’s location at the gateway to the community, "many people are concerned abut the aesthetic direction development might take there," explained the Standard.

Biodiesel still a priority

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — Town officials in Breckenridge say they have not given up on a 20 per cent biodiesel fuel, despite two batches that caused them to revert back to more conventional full-petroleum-based diesel.

"We operate on the premise that the use of biodiesel is a priority in Breckenridge, and that we can – and should – maintain a leadership position and make every effort to continue with its use," Dan Bell, the assistant public works director, told the Summit Daily News.

Added Jim Lamb, a town councilman, "It’s a bump in the road. We will get it straightened out."

Bark beetles waxing and waning

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Populations of bark beetles that feed on spruce trees appear to be waning and those that feed on lodgepole pine appear to be waxing in the Routt National Forest.

What this means for the Steamboat Ski Area is that the threat to trees in the upper elevations, where spruce trees are generally found, now appear to be diminished, but the lower slopes are more vulnerable. However, the Forest Service and ski area have been working at improving the health of the forests since 1999, reports The Steamboat Pilot.

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