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Energy expert Randy Udall, also of Carbondale, told the Times that the solar farm is both a “triumph and an example of how much work we have ahead of us to build a sustainable energy system.”

The solar farm will only produce enough electricity to meet the needs of 20 to 30 conventional homes. The infrastructure to fully eliminate the need to burn coal and natural gas, said Udall, will be huge.


Poet laureate gets second term

TELLURDE, Colo. – Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer has accepted a two-year term as poet laureate of San Miguel County. It is her second term in the position.

She is well known in Colorado mountain towns for her appearances at poetry festivals and for her writing workshops. But poetry, next to her family, is what she holds most dear, she told The Telluride Watch.

  “On a practical level, there is nothing practical about it,” she said. “Like religion, if you look at it too much, it doesn’t make sense. But it is what I am driven to and desire to do.”

“She charms our youth, delights the elderly, and is a favourite performer and interpreter of the lyric arts for all our citizens,” said County Commissioner Art Goodtimes, a well-known poet in his own right.


Spring suicide attempts spike

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Routt County had 19 suicide attempts in May, two of them successful. The county averages four to five attempts per month, mental health professionals tell The Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Tom Gangel, regional director of Colorado West Mental Health Center, said there were no discernible commonalities. “Rich, poor, employed, unemployed. They covered the gamut,” he said.

One hypothesis — with no evidence to support it, said Gangel — is that last winter was unusually hard and then chased by more cloudy days during May.

Mountain communities internationally have higher suicide rates than lower-lying areas, with the highest number of attempts in fall and spring. Why is this? Again, nobody knows.


Banff beetles waxing

CANMORE, Alberta – Cold weather last winter failed to dent the spread of bark beetles in the Banff-Canmore area of the Canadian Rockies. That area, in the Bow River Valley, has seen a three-fold increase in trees infested with pine beetles.