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Some of the money will be returned to grocery stores for administration of the program, and the balance is to be used for educational purposes. Still, there was some question whether 20 cents wasn't too much.

In Steamboat Springs, city officials are scheduled to consider a similar 20-cent fee. From early statements by elected officials and the editor of the Steamboat Pilot , the idea has little chance of success.

The newspaper, in an editorial, urges a volunteer program. It envisions reusable bag kiosks at the front of the two grocery stores and Walmart. The kiosks could be stocked with thousands of reusable bags for shoppers to take freely. Shoppers also could drop reusable bags at the kiosks. Property management companies could collect bags left behind by visitors and return them to the kiosks or make them available to new guests.

It further envisions local businesses donating bags - brandished with the businesses' logo and advertising messages - to the program.

"Shoppers wouldn't have to feel guilty about forgetting their reusable bags. More importantly they wouldn't be charged unnecessarily for that minor sin," said the newspaper.


Cycling Challenge a solid home run

VAIL, Colo. -Coloradans last week forgot about the Broncos and lit out for backcountry roads and city streets to watch some of the world's best cyclists. From the start at Colorado Springs to the finish line in Denver, there were large crowds all along the way.

Whether it produced much money for mountain towns along the way seems to be almost incidental. More towns - including Durango and Telluride, as well as the university towns of Boulder and Fort Collins - want to get in on the action next year.

The closest thing to a glitch was when a competitor riding up Cottonwood Pass in the much-anticipated silver stage, between Gunnison and Aspen, tumbled while crossing a cattle guard, breaking both hands and suffering enough facial injuries that plastic surgeons were called in.

Those reporting from the race course reported a carnival-like atmosphere, with all manner of people in costumes, some of them downright bizarre. The Denver Post tells of somebody dressed like Jesus with a white robe and a crown of thorns carrying a sign reading "Spandex is sin."

In estimating crowd sizes, race organizers consistently erred on the size of inflated numbers. In Summit County, for example, they estimated 50,000 people lined the race course. The county has a permanent population of about 20,000.

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