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He said global warming will, at the very least, be “difficult,” and at the far end catastrophic. “It’s anybody’s guess, but big changes are in store without question,” he told the newspaper.

 

Nudging toward green power

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. – By drawing up regulations governing their use, officials in Eagle County hope to encourage development of more small-scale solar panels, wind turbines, and hydroelectric generators. The proposed regulations would specify that a landowner in unincorporated areas has the right to build an 80-foot-tall wind turbine, except near property lines, explains the Vail Daily. By specifying that they are uses by right, except as specified, the county also seeks to encourage hydroelectric generators that provide up to 500 kilowatts of energy.

 

Big projects in the works

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Four major projects are in the planning stages at Truckee, with a possible yield of more than 1,000 new housing units and 350,000 square feet of commercial space. Two of the projects are on Truckee’s south side. Also being worked up are plans for the old railway yards near downtown, reports the Sierra Sun.

        

Construction becoming women’s work

PARK CITY, Utah – More women are operating construction machinery in Park City and surrounding Summit County.

“I can run any piece of equipment out there: front-end loaders, graders, scrapers,” Tracey Vincent, a long-time operator, told the Park Record.

“You definitely have to prove yourself as a woman,” said Vincent. “I don’t think that they want you to succeed, because it’s their world. I think the old-school thought is that some women should be home cooking or with the kids. I don’t think they know any better.”

Handling the equipment, she said, is tricky, and she concedes that some women at construction sites are “here just looking for a husband.” But, she added, some female construction hands are “good, if not better, than the men.”

Some female equipment operators said they just preferred being outside (or at least in a cabin) as opposed to an office. But, says Taryn Fickas, who drives a dump truck, “you got to work in a man’s field to make the money.”