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Now, local transportation authorities want to instigate three round-trip buses from Gunnison to Denver. If this new service happens, it will likely use federal funding and, ironically, aid from Greyhound. One-way fares would cost $22, with stops in Poncha Springs, Salida, and Buena Vista.

Among the potential riders, reports the Crested Butte News, are students at Western State College. Some 93 per cent of students there are from places more than 100 miles from Gunnison, many in metropolitan Denver.


Forest Service ends fee

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. – The highest paved highway in the United States goes to within about 150 feet of 14,264-foot summit of Mt. Evans, located in the Front Range west of Denver. And under the recreational fee program, dubbed “pay to play,” the Forest Service since 1998 has been charging $10 per car for those driving the road.

Trouble is, the road was built and maintained by the state of Colorado. State transportation officials complained that the fee could only be assessed those who parked and then used Forest Service facilities in some ways. The Denver Post reports that the Forest Service has agreed to place notices that the $10 charge only applies if vehicles are parked.


Camel shows nasty side

RIFLE, Colo. – A Rifle man who operates camel tours was bitten and kicked by a 2,000-pound camel that also laid on him. He was hospitalized but expected to fully recover, reports the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. He had purchased the one-humped camel recently from a tour operator at Moab.

The newspaper spoke with another camel owner, Maggie Repp, who has raised and trained camels at her ranch in the Western Colorado town of Fruita for nine years. “Camels by nature are not mean at all,” she said. However, male camels, like elk and deer, will go into rut. “When they’re in rut, you don’t want to bother them,” she added.