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The case had sparked a protracted legal battle similar to what Breckenridge and Vail went through. The state’s water establishment has been dubious about how much water is needed for the parks to operate efficiently. The whitewater park in question has six structures that enhance whitewater by creating waves, eddies, and holes.

Vail sending aid to Kashmir

AVON, Colo. — A man in the Vail area is trying to rally aid to the surviving victims of the earthquakes in Kashmir, which have already killed 73,000 and left three million people homeless.

"Three million people homeless – that’s bigger than (metropolitan) Denver," said Andrew Gallup. "That really resonated with me."

While sympathetic to the tsunami and hurricanes victims of the last year, he told the Vail Daily that the idea of 500,000 people living in tents in the snow struck a chord.

"I hope and think that Vail is a caring community," he said. "I think people here can relate to freezing to death. It’s been so cold lately," he added, alluding to below-zero temperatures of mid-December.

Gallup hopes to marshal aid to a farming village of 1,475 people called Chittabatta. The village needs 120 homes. Built to a size of 144 square feet, they can be constructed for $400. The annual family income in Kashmir is only $60, he notes.

He is trying to funnel aid through Relief International, a small Los Angeles based non-profit organization.

Silver Queen cabins go quickly

ASPEN, COLO. — After the ski season, the Aspen Skiing Co. is replacing its 18-year-old Silver Queen Gondola with shinier, larger cabins. What to do with the old?

The company put the word out that the old ones could be had for $550. In retrospect, the company could have charged a much higher price. All 165 cabins had been sold within 36 hours, reports The Aspen Times.

One buyer wanted all of them for use in "high-profile retail locations" around the United States. The ski company settled on selling him half. Other buyers were a mixture of local residents and visitors.

Rails to the roof

SALIDA, Colo. — The Chinese government can now claim the world’s highest railroad. A new line to Lhasa, Tibet, reaches the supernal elevation of 16,640 feet.

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