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Dynafit, a German company, is distributing something through Life-Link called the Airbag Backpack System. When a trigger handle is pulled, the safety pack is designed to inflate two-75-liter air bags within 2.5 seconds, helping the victim float to the surface. Although the design is 12 years old, it hasn’t caught on in the United States. Even so, the system has saved a documented 30 lives in Europe, reports the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

Casinos beginning to cater to non-smokers

STATELINE, Nev. — Smoke-free rooms are showing up left and right at casinos in Stateline, just south of Incline Village in the Lake Tahoe area.

One casino opened a 40-seat poker room near the hotel lobby in July, and the poker room manager reports that even many smokers welcome the change. Smoking, explained the manager, Jim Arnold, "creates tension among the players" when they are close to one another. One casino representative said a majority of players from California have become culturalized to smoking bans. Another small casino, instead of dividing up the space, has installed a $100,000 air-filtering system that removes 85 per cent of smoke from the air.

Truckee officials vexed about gated community

TRUCKEE, Calf. — Town officials in Truckee were reported to be vexed by a proposal being entertained by public officials for a gated community in a nearby but unincorporated area.

The project, called Siller Ranch, would have 700 residential units, two golf courses, even a 500-seat amphitheatre, all of it behind gates. Town officials object that there is too much density, and that the project would create heavy impacts upon the town. In particular, they object to the lack of affordable housing. In Placer County, where the proposal is being entertained, public officials said that it’s still early, and that affordable housing requirements are yet to be worked out, reports the Sierra Sun.