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Of special concern are the homes for wealthy and part-time residents. "Eighty per cent of the applicants we see are for second-home developments, says Menconi.

He is supported by a member of the Avon Town Council, Brian Sipes. "Someday we’ll be built out. Let’s catch our breath and figure out how long it’s going to take to get there," he said.

But Rick Pylman, a planning consultant, remains unconvinced. "There are no big pending developments that justify it. This is valid when the sewer plants are overflowing."

Terrill Knight, another long-time planning consultant, suggested the ban might encourage a rush of bad projects.

Scottybobs in specialty stores

SILVERTON, Colo. — The wooden telemark skis now produced in Silverton by Scottybob are going to be sold this winter through specialty stores.

Reversing the course of technology over the last 30 years, the skis are made entirely of wood, albeit with some special designs that acknowledge the needs of telemark turns. Instead of selling through chain stores, the three-year old firm intends to work only with specialty stores, where personnel understand telemark skiing.

Another small ski area opening

WESTCLIFFE, Colo. — For years the mom-and-pop ski areas were closing. Now, stories are appearing of small ski areas being opened. The latest such story comes from near the town of Westcliffe, in south-central Colorado.

There Terry Cook is erecting a single chairlift at the Aspen Country Mountain Park. He bought the chairlift and a Snocat groomer from Idaho’s Bogus Basin Ski Area.

Steady supplies of snow seem to be a general problem in that region, but Cook claims the location of his ski area last year got 342 inches. He plans to charge $22 for lift tickets, drawing customers from Pueblo, a city of about 110,000 located an hour’s drive to the east.

A ski area featuring a single rope tow operated at the site for at least 20 years, but patrons lost interest in 1990 when another ski area opened nearby. That ski area subsequently closed.

Racial/ethnic divisions explored

JACKSON HOLE, Colo. — In the wake of two sexual assaults, including a rape, and five beatings by Hispanics inflicted on Caucasians, the Jackson Hole community continues its troubled introspection.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports 200 people turned out at a session to talk about suddenly tense relations between Latinos and Caucasians. Latinos far outnumbered the Caucasians, and among them was Martin Serrano, a construction worker who spoke in Spanish.

Serrano warned against generalizations. "No one likes this kind of crime," he said. "We are not all bad people. We are, for the most part, good people.

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