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Lodge to join grid
CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. The Irwin Mountain Lodge could get connected to the electrical grid via an eight-mile underground power line from Crested Butte.
The lodge, which is used as a base for Sno-cat skiing and as a site of weddings during summer, opened in 1974 but closed in 2002. The new owner is Archie Cox, CEO of Magnequench, which is a world leader in specialized magnet production, who plans $15 million in renovations and expansions to the lodge during the next three years, reports the Crested Butte News.
In addition to being off the grid, the lodge is accessible only to snow vehicles during winter months.
Tornadoes touch down
DURANGO, Colo. A couple of rare tornadoes touched down on the edge of Durango on Oct. 5. One picked up a utility trailer and carried it 100 feet, while a second tornado several minutes later touched down long enough to toss a steel-framed cattle shed.
Funnel clouds are common enough in the Durango area, but ones that touch down tornadoes are not, noted the Durango Telegraph.