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The city’s response was summarized by Councilman Fred Jones, who said the city must regulate such advertising or else there would be more in the future. "This is not about one Hummer in one plaza," he said. "We just have to be extremely careful about commercialism."

Hay hay, bye bye; Safeway’s gonna try

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. — By the slimmest of margins, 9 votes among 941 cast, Silverthorne voters have rezoned a hay meadow into land that will eventually be occupied by a Safeway and other stores. To those opposed, the development represented sprawl, when infill development closer to I-70 made more sense. To supporters, the issue was of orderly development – including a bigger chunk of sales tax receipts for town government operations.

Three wolves killed on roads in the Bow Valley

CANMORE, Alberta —Three wolves have been killed on roads in the Bow Valley, and the Bow Valley pack may be down to one animal, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook. There are 12 packs in the Central Rockies portion of Canada.

Wildlife biologists say the deaths illustrate the precariousness of the wolf population there. "This area is protected for wolves. It is a wild land park. You can’t rifle hunt in this area. Banff National Park is right next door. And yet they are still at great risk of mortality by humans," said Dr. Carolyn Callaghan, of the Central Rockies Wolf Project.

Sun Valley planning to require shielded lights

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Add Sun Valley to the list of towns enacting laws intended to reduce light pollution and trespass. The law has been in the works for two years, but the Idaho Mountain Express indicates no likely opposition when the measure hits the city council early next year.

Except in specific cases, the proposed law would mandate that all exterior lighting in the city will be "downcast and fully shielded."

Tamarisk makes way toward Vail, other resorts

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. — River runs of the West have long known about tamarisk, the shrub which was introduced from Eurasia in the 1880s and now hogs the streambanks of the Colorado River and other desert rivers and creeks.

But without natural predators, the species is spreading. This year, tamarisk was found at Edwards, about 10 miles from Vail. Tamarisk was also noted near Kremmling, on its way toward Winter Park and Summit County.