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The Outlook saw too much hullabaloo about something of too little consequence. But the newspaper did seem to think that the location, intruding into a scene of naturalness, was not well chosen.

“It’s the location that grates, and the entrenched position of the artists who insist it must be there and nowhere else — that to move it would destroy its very artistic sensibilities — that’s a tough one for we ignorant Philistines to overcome.”

Wryly, the newspaper noted the community’s public art policy intends for the public art to “provide citizens with the opportunity for the exchange of ideas and expression …”

Concluded the Outlook, “It does that alright.”


CB mandates energy efficiency

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – LEED building standards are being mandated for larger buildings in Crested Butte.

The new law requires any building of more than 20,000-square-feet must meet the minimum certification for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designated building.

The new code also has other mandates: at least 50 per cent of all light sources must use compact fluorescent or light-emoting diode (LED) lights. The insulation standards for roofs have also been boosted.

The town council is still debating what kind of limitations to enact on outdoor snowmelting systems.


Low snow ends streak

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The airport in Jackson Hole had been on quite a streak, 27 continuous months with increasing numbers of airport passengers. But that streak ended in January, owing to so-so or worse snow conditions. Snowfall in January was only 34 inches, less than half the 40-year average, reports the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Still, it may be a measure of Jackson Hole’s broadened economy that the number of passengers dropped by only 5 per cent as compared with last year, a steller year.


California ski area closes

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. – Snow conditions have been so marginal in the Sierra Nevada this year that that June Mountain, an ancillary area to Mammoth Mountain, was closed in late January. Only one other season, the 1976-77 drought, had a season as short as this one. The resort has been open since 1961.

Even with good snow, June Mountain is a marginal operation. The owner had proposed keeping it open only on weekends. The Sheet reports some fear in Mammoth Lakes that the ski area won’t be re-opened. Not so, say company officials, who report it is scheduled to reopen on Dec. 15.

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