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Based on his findings so far, he bothers to treat only that water located below sheep and cattle pastures, and in slow-moving and warm streams immediately downstream from heavily used campsites, Otherwise, most of the water is clean enough to drink, he says.

Lake water is actually better than stream water, he says. "The top few inches of lake water are zapped with ultraviolet rays from the sun, which are a very powerful disinfectant."

Real estate prices climbing

SILVERTON, Colo. — For a place that only two or three years ago could be counted on to have Colorado’s highest unemployment rate, real estate sure is getting pricey in Silverton.

The Silverton Standard reports that the town’s first choice for a new administrator rejected the job after learning a bank would loan him only $260,000, based on the salary the town aims to pay him. That, notes the Silverton Standard, is not enough anymore to purchase a livable house for a family of four in Silverton.

The assessed value of San Juan County increased 40 per cent in the last two years.

Toll road unlikely

VAIL, Colo. — Nobody seems to be getting too excited about it, but a company called the Denver Eagle Toll Roads has recently been created. The Vail Daily reports that the company identifies the purpose being to construct a toll road "along, within, and adjacent to the I-70 corridor," possibly using Loveland Pass and/or Berthoud Pass. Filing the incorporation was Lindsay Case, who was identified as a Colorado Springs developer.

Access to the mountain resorts and transportation across Colorado has become an increasing problem, of course. I-70 steadily resembles a city highway, even during mid-week. While state and federal transportation officials have been toying with how to expand capacity for 17 years, every solution will require lots of money – at a time when gas taxes are yielding less money, due to improved operating efficiencies of cars.

Given this narrative, the Colorado legislature in 2002 authorized study of toll roads in Colorado, including along the I-70 corridor. Because current state law prohibits levying of tolls on roads already paid for by gasoline taxes, few toll roads are likely to make enough money to pay for themselves. However, a recently enacted state law – as well as the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in support of eminent domain – may make it easer for tolling entities to appropriate land for their ventures.

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