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Some of the early dreams were realized, such as Telluride’s lovely public radio station, and others were not, such as diminishing the role of cars. But along the way there were laughs, too, Levek says.

One famous story in Telluride is about a woman, who happened to be married, who engaged in a tryst with her boyfriend while at the radio station – the both of them unaware that their indulgence was being broadcast.

No surge in Hispanic voters

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. — Eagle County, where Vail and Beaver Creek are located, has a large and growing Hispanic population. In 1980, it was less than 10 per cent. Now, it’s about 26 per cent.

But the population gains appear not to translate directly into new voters. The Vail Trail reports that about 15 per cent of voters in the last general election in Eagle County had Spanish surnames. There is no evidence it will surge for this election.

Give that Latinos tend to be poorer, this would seem to translate into potential gains for the Democratic Party, which tends to get the votes of poorer people. Muddling the picture is that so many Hispanics are new to the United States and unwilling to get involved in political groups. A further wrinkle is that many have no documentation of citizenship.

Dems gaining in Jackson Hole

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — Despite its environmental sympathies, don’t mistake Jackson Hole for an inner-city precinct. This place is solidly Republican. They comprise 55 per cent of the electorate, compared to the 24 per cent who are registered Democrats and 21 per cent who are independents.

But the Democrats are holding their own in new registered voters during the last four years, reports the Jackson Hole News & Guide. In the last two years, Democrats have significantly outpaced Republicans.

While Jackson Hole is basically Republican, it does sometimes cross the line in national elections – as it did both times that Bill Clinton was running for office.

Soiled by nitrogen pollution

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — Air pollution has begun to poison the ecosystems in the high country of the Colorado Front Range.

Nitrogen compounds in the rain and snow have more than doubled during the last 20 years, reports Denver’s Rocky Mountain News. As the snow melts, runoff acidity spikes, occasionally reaching concentrations strong enough to kill young fish.

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