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Can recreation and conservation coexist?

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The third major ski company in Colorado, Intrawest, had not taken a stance as of early October.

Less cloud-seeding

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Denver Water has spent $1.1 million on cloud-seeding during the last two winters, but it will not this winter. The city’s utility department draws water from Winter Park and Summit County.

The Summit Daily News reports that the Breckenridge ski area is talking about paying for a cloud-seeding program. The only sure-fire cloud-seeder along the I-70 corridor is Vail, which has seeded winter clouds since 1978. Crested Butte is also being seeded this winter.

War on Drugs bestows $1.4 million

KETCHUM, Idaho — The War on Drugs has bestowed $1.4 million on police in Ketchum and Blaine County. The money may be used for such things as more investigations of illegal drug trafficking or even a new civic centre – as long as it has space for police.

The Idaho Mountain Express explains that the money comes from the U.S. Department of Justice. Beginning in the 1970s, two brothers based in Hawaii had smuggled marijuana from Thailand. The operation spanned the globe, with cases from Switzerland to Bali to Hong Kong. The men funnelled the money into shell corporations in the United States and elsewhere, which in turn invested in real estate and stocks. Among those investments were $250,000 in a Ketchum business called the Lift Haven Inn.

That same investigation ended in guilty pleas from a number of other defendants, including five involved in the construction and operation of the Sun Valley Athletic Club in Ketchum.

A global warming resolution

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — County commissioners in Teton County have unanimously passed a resolution that urges residents to help reduce global warming.

The resolution does not point to any specific regulations or strategies, but one of the commissioners, Andy Schwartz, who is running for re-election on the platform of sustainability, said that perhaps the county can prohibit its employees from leaving county vehicles idling.

The resolution, reports the Jackson Hole News & Guide, asks residents to educate themselves about global warming and take action. States the resolution: "The overwhelming body of independent scientific evidence shows that global warming has been created, at least in part, by human activity, and is clearly exacerbated by such activity."

Meanwhile, U.S. representatives are scheduled to meet in Jackson Hole with Chinese representatives to talk about clean air initiatives. The session is being organized by the new Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs.

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