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Neighbours have resisted several work-force projects in recent years. Those neighbours typically worry about more traffic, loss of open space and sometimes about the potential for depressing real estate values.

Grizzly bears toting cameras

BANFF, Alberta - Grizzly bears are going high-tech. A new device dubbed the Animal Pathfinder has been mounted on the collars of five or six grizzlies in Alberta, plus another six in Yellowstone National Park, and four caribou in British Columbia.

The Pathfinder consists of a digital camera that takes photos every 15 minutes, and can store up to 60,000 images. Married to the camera is a global positioning device.

Scientists tell the Rocky Mountain Outlook that the new device, which was four years in the making, will allow them to better understand the relationship between bears and the habitat that they use. They say current wildlife tracking techniques can be expected to be biased to some unknown extent, because animals move through environments that are often denied GPS signals.

The population of grizzlies in Alberta has been shrinking, with as few as 400 to 500 now. The Outlook suggests a broad variety of reasons for the diminished population, mostly due to human activity.

Breck's Berge still skiing at 77

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. - Breckenridge, the town, can trace its history to 150 years ago this summer, when prospectors for gold swarmed over the Continental Divide to examine the gravels of the Blue River. They named it Breckinridge, after the vice president of the time, but renamed it when he swore his allegiance to the Confederates during the Civil War.

But Breckenridge was withering, slowly receding into the wilderness, when the ski area was opened in 1961. It had 17,000 skiers, and the first ski school superintended was Trygve Berge, a former member of the Norwegian Olympic team.

The Summit Daily News recently interviewed Berge, who is now 77 and still skis Breckenridge two or three times a week. He has a ski run named for him, but it's too easy. He prefers moguls or, when the conditions are right, the Imperial Lift, which rises to more than 12,800 feet.

Townspeople in the early days of Breckenridge hated to see all the development - and some of them today are protesting future development. Still, Berge contends that Breckenridge has changed less than Aspen or Vail. Breckenridge still has families, he says, and other locals.