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One response has been a call for government-funded childcare programs, to help ease the strain on families needing dual incomes. In Eagle County, which includes Vail but also some of the Aspen suburbs, voters struck down one such proposal that would have yielded $3 million annually to pay for early childhood services.

But the county government may venture into child care nonetheless. With income from both property and sales taxes, the county is relatively flush. County Commissioner Arn Menconi, a primary architect of the plan, believes money can be carved out to at least start such a program. Because voters also rejected a home-rule measure that would have increased costs by $380,000. the thinking is that money can now instead be earmarked for the program.


Co-housing project planned

TRUCKEE, Colo. – Work is underway to begin a co-housing project in Truckee, reports the Sierra Sun. Co-housing is a cooperatively planned neighborhood of individually owned homes and communal spaces. At some co-housing projects, meals are periodically shared. Backyards and gardens always are.

“We have a mix of singles, parents with young children, and parents with children who have moved away,” Rick Mockler, vice president of CoHousing Partners told the Sierra Sun. “And there are all types of folks, including artists, entrepreneurs, chefs, a professor and retirees.”

In co-housing projects, homes tend to be smaller and more densely located. While most suburbs have densities of 4 to 6 units per acre, for example, the Truckee project is aiming at 8.5 units per acre. Home prices are projected to be from $300,000 to $600,000.


Kayaker’s body found

DURANGO, Colo. – The body of a 30-year-old kayaker who disappeared during spring runoff five months ago was discovered in Vallecito Creek, east of Durango, about five miles downcreek from where he was last seen.

The kayaker, Adam Matthew Barron, of Boulder, was found in a logjam, with his helmet still on. His life vest was nearby. The water was so cold when he disappeared that he would have lost control of his muscles within minutes, La Plata County Coroner Carol Huser told the Durango Herald.


Earwigs take shelter

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – You have heard the old expression “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, summer and early autumn showers at Crested Butte have produced an abundant crop of earwigs that have invaded homes in search of warmth.

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