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The Crested Butte News reports that Larry and Dana Darien started thinking about the hydroelectric plant in 1984, when federal incentives still existed for such projects. Getting the project to work this time required financial incentives, a land-exchange with the U.S. Forest Service, and still plenty of cash, about $500,000.

Purchaser of the electricity will be Holy Cross Energy. It, like other electrical co-ops in Colorado, is required to get 15 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

No country for old men

JACKSON, Wyo. - It was a sad week for Jackson. The first young man to die had been Willie Neal, who was 19 and had won eight state Nordic skiing championships while in high school and served as a delegate last August at the Democratic National Convention. He died after being struck by a car.

His memory was honored with the rare use of a fire truck for his funeral procession, says the Jackson Hole News & Guide . Hundreds of people turned out for the two-hour service.

Then Wesley Baron, 27, the son of Jackson Mayor Mark Baron, died in a solo rock-climbing accident.

Even as a child, he had been one for the flying trapeze of ropes from trees. Growing up, he flew down the ski slopes as a racer. As an adult, he soloed the Grand Teton without rope. Elsewhere, he broke his arms and pelvis in a motorcycle crash, and then was in a coma. But coming out of the coma, never did he complain.

"He was unencumbered by life's tripwires," his father said.

Small is a relative thing

EAGLE, Colo. - Located 1,500 feet lower in elevation than Vail, the town of Eagle has a month or two more of summer every year. If winters are shorter and the real estate less expensive, mountains remain close at hand.

The Rocky Mountain News in 2003 described it as a "tiny town," and that's a relative truth. Until the mid-1990s, the town's only grocery store closed at 6 p.m.

But it's getting bigger. Last year it gained nearly 7 per cent in population, the second fastest growth spurt recorded among Colorado municipalities. Total population, including an adjacent subdivision served by the town, is 7,000 people. It now has three coffee shops; a bevy of new restaurants, including one that serves only organic food; and a smattering of shops.