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Mountain News: Impeachment resolution creates backlash



TELLURIDE, Colo. – A backlash quickly emerged after the Telluride Town Council adopted a resolution last week calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

“It’s huge, unbelievable,” said Telluride Mayor John Pryor. “Ski groups are cancelling for the winter. Hundreds of people are bailing. The (town) website is flooded with people saying they’re cancelling their vacations here.”

Pryor called it a “silly initiative.” The council, he told The Telluride Watch, is too busy to weigh in on national global politics.

If this was a silly initiative, why did he vote for it? The answer would seem to lie in the fact that the council routinely adopts resolutions, on matters both big and small, with nary a further word. Further, such a resolution would be hardly controversial in Telluride, where only 17 per cent of voters in the 2004 election cast ballots for Bush.

Indeed, while the council chamber was full, virtually all people were there for resolution of a parking issue. The council had virtually no discussion before adopting the resolution.

But with Internet speed, e-mail protests and cancellations began rolling in, including that of a Florida ski club.

There was also support. “Let ’em go to Vail,” wrote one Texan named Dan Stewart Olney on a newspaper website. “I will commit to spend more time and money in Telluride now thanks to the initiative.”

Among the community members endorsing the resolution was Phil Miller, a veteran of World War II who was wounded in the Philippines. “The people have acquiesced too easily because they don’t know the horror that war unleashes,” Miller said of the Iraq War. “I have seen the brutality of war that turns nice young men into barbarians.”

Employee housing goes solar

CARBONDALE, Colo. – The Aspen Skiing Co. has installed solar collectors atop an employee housing complex in Carbondale, located 30 miles downstream from Aspen.

The ski company has also retrofitted the units, which will house up to 45 employees, with Energy Star-rated appliances and efficient lighting fixtures. The solar collectors are expected to provide a third of the electricity used in the apartments.

Auden Schendler, executive director of community and environmental responsibility for Aspen Skiing, said it is the largest solar photovoltaic array in the ski industry, some four times larger than the array Aspen assembled several years ago on a ski patrol headquarters.

Given current energy prices, the cost of the collector will be paid for in 25 years.

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