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The new projections, reports The Denver Post, are based on eight climate models done by researchers from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Another bright idea

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. — Are construction workers so vulgar and crude that they’ll forsake bologna sandwiches and apples for women wearing tight T-shirts that say, "From our box to yours."

That’s the bet of a new company formed in Snowmass Village, where a building project that will ultimately see one million square feet of development is soon to get underway. The firm is called Toasty Chicks, and the chicks are being hired to take orders from the 600 construction workers expected for the project – orders of what kind of food they want from local restaurants.

The brainchild, Rodney Millspaugh, denies sexual double entendres. "We’re not selling sex or sluttiness or anything like that," he laughed, when asked by The Aspen Times.

Crested Butte wants say

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. — Crested Butte has completed work on a plan for land within three miles of its borders, in hopes that Gunnison County officials will agree to the plan. That way, if a development plan is submitted to county officials, the county officials will use the town’s regulations regarding open space, affordable housing, and transportation, notes the Crested Butte News.

‘Lodge’ finally to be disassembled

WINTER PARK, Colo. — The mid-1980s had several half-finished or not-really started building projects in ski towns. Vail, for example, had a concrete foundation that lasted so long – about 20 years – that it was officially called The Ruins. Avon, at the base of Beaver Creek, had a massive project that sat for nearly 15 years only 75 per cent complete, causing one of the ski magazines to joke about Avon’s municipal yard sale. By the way, it is now corporate headquarters for Vail Resorts.

Winter Park has had something similar in the late ’90s boom, a project called James Peak Lodge. It was to have had 80 condominiums and, in later phases, much, much more. But the $20 million project got no further than a three-storey steel skeleton, notes the Winter Park Manifest, which is how it has remained for more than four years. Now, town officials have reported with a sigh of relief that a deal has been worked out with the purchasers of the failed project’s assets, and the erector set is to be removed.

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