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Whether this case ends up in the courts is unclear, although it would seem to be one certainly headed to the Colorado Legislature for clarification of when the exemption can be used. The Silverton Standard reports the case is being watched closely around the state, particularly in school districts, which are the biggest beneficiaries of property taxes.

Heating coils considered for road

ASPEN, Colo. — A road that links Aspen with some of the priciest homes in the nation is getting a major overhaul next year. If homeowners are willing to foot the bill, that overhaul could include installation of heating coils to deice one of the road’s steepest spots.

Some homeowners may not be willing. Although the road closes many times each winter because of use by two-wheel drive cars without winter tires, some residents of the area, called Red Mountain, like their road narrow, steep, and sometimes impassable. But Brian Pettet, the county’s public works director, said some of the newer residents want the road wider, with more of an urban setting. "We have to balance the two, and that’s a challenge," he told The Aspen Times.

Retailer celebrates 100

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Even today, the sagebrush along the highways leading to Steamboat Springs are thick with signs for a clothing retailer, F.M. Light & Sons. The signs are now curiosities, as the Stetson hats and Pendleton shirts sold by the company surely cost more than the $4.98 advertised by the signs.

The company, however, continues to operate from downtown Steamboat Springs, and this year marks its 100 th birthday. The Steamboat Pilot reports that to observe the company’s centennial, a 100-foot-long birthday cake was delivered for community consumption. The cake, said the newspaper, was so large that it took 35 gallons of frosting to slather across it. Among those diving into the confection were a number of old-timers, who in this case were defined as those who could recall when F.M. Light & Sons turned 50.

Durango adds to housing

DURANGO, Colo. — Durango has added 46 rentals to the stock of dedicated affordable housing. A single-bedroom apartment rents for between $308 and $643 per month depending on a resident's income. Greg Hoch, the city’s planning director, told the Durango Herald that the city may not deserve an A for its affordable housing program, but it’s not far behind.

Bus rapid transit okayed

ASPEN, Colo. — Ambitions to build what is called a bus/rapid-transit system in the Roaring Fork Valley have cleared an important but early hurdle in Washington D.C.

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