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Real estate sales top $1.2 billion

VAIL, Colo. — Like most of the nation, the real estate sales in the Eagle Valley just keep getting hotter, with $275 million in property passing hands in June alone. That puts Eagle County at $1.2 billion in sales for the first half of the year.

Still, some real estate agents insist there’s no real estate bubble about to deflate. Jim Flaum, who directs operations for the biggest realty agency in the valley, Slifer, Smith & Frampton, notes that Southern California property is appreciating even more rapidly, 15 to 20 per cent a year. In the case of Vail and its suburbs, the appreciation is strictly the result of a big bubble of baby boomers buying second homes. "There’s no sign of that bubble deflating," he told the Vail Daily.

The average price of property selling so far this year has been $722,000.

Biodiesel for Lake O’Hara

GOLDEN, B.C. — The Lake O’Hara Lodge, located inside Yoho National Park, has decided to use biodiesel fuel for the bus it uses to transport people from the TransCanada Highway.

"Our primary mandate at Lake O’Hara is to help people experience this pristine wilderness setting while instilling in them an appreciation for the sensitivity of alpine regions," says Bruce Millar, co-owner and operator. "Given our ongoing goal of achieving a greater degree of sustainability, and in keeping with Parks Canada’s mandate, we felt it was hypocritical for us not to investigate alternative fuels."

Walking that talk, however, hasn’t been easy. The fuel is not readily available in western Canada. Miller says he hopes Parks Canada adopts use of biodiesel.

The fuel has gained steadily increasing favor in the ski towns of the U.S. West during the last two years, invariably blended at a 20 per cent ratio with carbon-based diesel, to avoid gelling in cooler temperatures.

Architects document old mill

SILVERTON, Colo. — A small team of young architects has gathered at Silverton this summer for what might seem a puzzling task, given the ultimate ambitions of some of these architects. Funded by a variety of state, federal and private grants, the team is documenting an industrial beast of mining called the Mayflower Mill.

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