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"Some of them tried to pick me up," Shelton explains. "Some were shy, and some were bold as you please."

This was, he explains, something new. Homosexuality had been a crime in most states, and psychiatrists described it as a "sociopathic personality disturbance." But then in June 1969, homosexuals in New York City revolted in what came to be called the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village.

Shelton said he didn't want the attention from his gay friends, but it showed him something of the way that women have felt for eons.

Much has changed. Shelton relates a recent incident during a backyard party in Montrose, a Republican-voting and conservative-leaning town about 65 miles from Telluride.

"I overheard a lesbian friend introduce herself to a stranger," he reports. "Somehow marriage came up, and she had to explain: 'I don't have a husband, I have a wife.'"

"That was that," says Shelton. "End of subject. The way it should be."

New LED lights save costs and reveal stars

OURAY, Colo. - The nighttime sky should be more visible, and the electricity bill should be less, as the result of the installation of 100 new light-emitting diodes (LED) fixtures in the streets of Ouray, a town located on the edge of the San Juan Mountains.

The Telluride Watch reports that installation costs of $60,000 should be recouped within two years because of lower electricity prices. Bob Risch, the mayor, also expects to see more stars. A retired astronomer, he says the old street lights did not shield the direction of the emitted light.

Aspen Skiing Co. adds voice in climate debate

ASPEN, Colo. - The Aspen Skiing Co. has joined Starbucks, Clif Bar, Hewlett-Packard and 15 other companies in calling upon Congress to "swiftly enact comprehensive legislation that will cut carbon pollution and create an economy-wide cap and trade system."

That call to action was contained in an advertisement placed in the June 10 issue of The Wall Street Journal . It was paid for by Ceres, a coalition of investors and environmental groups.

The businesses signing the ad said they believe the U.S. is falling behind China, Germany and other countries. "When it comes to preparing our country to compete in the clean energy economy, the U.S. is losing and we lag behind our global competitors," the ad states.