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Indeed, the architects may be spending more time studying the structure than was originally used to construct it in 1929. It was later modified and used until the early 1990s, when the last mine in the Silverton area closed.

One of the architects, a graduate student from California, ultimately hopes to create skyscrapers. Another student, from India, told the Silverton Standard that he has never worked on such a new building – other buildings he has helped document were built in 929 A.D. and in 1529.

The mill is being re-created on paper. This, along with a written history and large-format photographs, will be archived at the Library of Congress. The goal is "preservation through documentation," part of an invigorated attention to preserving Silverton’s old buildings even as momentum builds for an economy based on recreation and amenities.

Aspen cracking down on blowers

ASPEN, Colo. — Aspen’s city government is preparing to crack down on gasoline-powered leaf blowers. The council enacted a ban against gas leaf blowers in 2003, in response to a citizen's petition, but it has not been aggressively enforced.

"Brooms and rakes used to be fine with landscapers, but blowers now are a tool," senior health specialist Jannette Murison told the Rocky Mountain News. "We just want them to use electric blowers. It's incredible what some people will use them for. They blow dirt and even grass off sidewalks and driveways and decks and anything else they can think of."

Tax bill disagreement

SILVERTON, Colo. — Durango Mountain Resort, a ski area with now a large and growing housing project, is in neither Durango nor Silverton, but rather straddles the line between their respective counties, La Plata and San Juan. And San Juan County has a bone to pick with the resort.

Using an exemption under Colorado law, the resort several years ago claimed 153 acres as forest-agriculture. As such, the resort only has to pay $153 in taxes to San Juan County on that land.

The county argues that the resort should be paying $55,000 – a big difference is the budget of tiny San Juan County. That’s what the resort would pay if the land were classified as commercial, developable real estate. That, after all, is the plan for the parcel.

At issue is the intent of a 1990 law in Colorado that was designed to provide a tax break for owners of land who produce wood products for profit. Durango, it would seem, has not been trying to make money from the land, but instead grooming it for development of high-end homes.

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