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The community has accepted $9.5 million in grants over the years, said Craig Sparks, an FAA official from the Denver office. And in doing so, it made a commitment to keep the airport open. “This obligation runs in perpetuity,” he added.

Reached later by a reporter, Sparks softened his stance a bit, saying that it’s possible the city could repay the money to get off the hook.

Why are airports, like diamonds, forever? Sparks told the newspaper that congressmen don’t like to see airports closed. “We want you to look at ways to keep the airport open and increase revenue,” he said.


Anal retentiveness urged

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Among the more popular trails in Summit County is the old railroad grade to Boreas Pass, which begins several miles outside of Breckenridge. Snowmobilers, skiers, and snowshoers use it, as do people just out for a stroll with their dogs.

But dog poop so badly clutters the road that people have to watch their step, writes Vera “Gromova” Gesse in a letter published in the Summit Daily News. “It reminded me of a lab at the veterinary clinic,” she reported after a recent trip.

Given the proclivity of local residents to have dogs, she figures the tourists are not to blame in this case. She advises either greater anal retentiveness or a sort of pay-in-lieu: a donation to the local animal shelter.


Ground-floor offices banned

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Truckee is on its way to banning new real estate and other offices on the ground floor of its central business district, called Commercial Row. Banned are businesses that are not retail, restaurants or bars. Existing non-conforming uses are to be allowed to continue.

A temporary ban was first adopted last fall by town authorities. The Sierra Sun reports no large opposition to the permanent ban.

Vail banned ground-floor offices in 1973. Aspen and Steamboat Springs have followed suit in the last few years. Crested Butte adopted such a ban, but then withdrew it, and Park City twice considered such a ban but rejected it. Telluride is still talking about it.


Costco swells town treasury

GYPSUM, Colo. – The treasury of Gypsum, an erstwhile blue-collar community located 37 miles down-valley from Vail, is positively bulging owing to tax collections from a new Costco.

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