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But the sales volume is still down 41 per cent from 2007 through the month of November, and much of what volume that did occur came early in the year. Anecdotal reports of activity during December are of no more than a few dozen sales — in a market that just a few years ago had 800 registered real-estate agents.


Efficiency works

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Two years ago residents of Truckee and adjacent areas started learning how their electricity was produced. Much of it comes from burning coal, a major source of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. And those same residents firmly rejected the local utility district’s participation in construction of a new coal-fired power plant in Utah. Instead, they said, they wanted to pursue renewables and figure out how to use existing supplies more efficiently.

Now, that demand-side management effort is paying off, reports the Sierra Sun. The Truckee Donner Public Utility District has distributed 50,000 compact fluorescent bulbs and almost 10 miles of LED Christmas lights. Early numbers show that these fairly simple measures have reduced overall demand for electricity in the district by 1.65 per cent.

None of this lowers the cost of electricity per unit, but it does reduce the amount that is needed — dramatically.

Moving forward, the district plans to expand energy conservation programs — including water conservation. Moving around and treating water is a major consumer of electricity. Accordingly, smart-water controllers that sense atmospheric and soil conditions and adjust sprinklers will be installed.

As well, the district plans to create a demonstration garden showcasing native plants that don’t need as much water, a concept pioneered by the Denver Water Board and dubbed Xeriscaping. The word was derived by combining “xeros,” which is Greek for “dry,” with landscape.


Pulmonary edema claims man

MT. CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – A 37-year-old man from Pleasanton, Texas, died the weekend before Christmas at a lodge in Mt. Crested Butte, the slope-side town at the base of the Crested Butte ski area. The man had suffered from high-altitude pulmonary edema, in which the lungs fill with fluid.

Frank Vader, the Gunnison County coroner, told the Crested Butte News that the victim had not felt well the entire week, and had he gone to the clinic he would have been easily diagnosed. The cure is to get to a lower elevation. Mt. Crested Butte is at 9,300 feet in elevation, and normally a trip to nearby Gunnison, at 7,700 feet in elevation, removes most victims from danger.