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Stiff winds blow down trees

FRISCO, Colo. – Hundreds of trees were uprooted, a few cars were destroyed, and dozens of homes were damaged in the Frisco, Silverton, and Dillon areas of Summit County when a cold front tore through on June 6. Winds of 90 mph were also reported in the storm, which left snow at about 8,000 feet and above.

 

Boom! Then rocks roll

CANMORE, Alberta – A rockslide had the city of Canmore paying full attention in early June. The Rocky Mountain Outlook said that shortly after noon a loud boom was heard through the town, followed by a cloud of dust and an undetermined quantity of limestone crashed down onto the steep slope of nearby Rundle Mountain. None of the falling rock descended to the road below, nor were any climbers believed to be on the rarely used route on the mountain’s face.

 

Antler arch sold for $51,000

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Elk antlers are easy to come by in Jackson Hole, location of the National Wildlife Elk Refuge. And for 50 years, giant arches of antlers have stood at each of the four corners of the Jackson Town Square.

But the arches are to be replaced, and the first one was put up for sale this year. It won’t go far — just a mile down the street to the Best Western Inn, whose owner, Jerry Johnson, bid $51,000, outlasting an interior designer representing a client who just bought a house in Park City.

This was also the 40th year for sale of antlers collected at the refuge. Some 5,379 pounds of elk antlers were sold, with newer brown ones going for higher prices than older, bleached antlers. Also available for sale were bison and elk skull plates. Nearly $760,000 was raised, with 20 per cent going to the Boy Scouts, who collect the antlers and help put on the sale.

 

Fraser couple opts for simple life

FRASER, Colo. – In something akin to a man-bites-dog story, the Winter Park Manifest tells of a couple from nearby Fraser who deliberately got rid of their lone car. Their goal is to save money and simplify their lives. Neither do they own cell phones, televisions or computers.

If Collette and Pat O’Connell need computers, they go to a library. If they want to watch a sporting event, they go to the home of friends or some other venue.