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"We have worked ourselves into an untenable situation, a situation in which we can all see the hurricane bearing down on us, with inevitable disastrous consequences, and all we do is report that we’re stuck, unable to prepare for it in any meaningful way," he writes.

Building pace picks up

RIDGWAY, Colo. — If you see a photo extolling the beauty of Colorado’s mountains, chances are good that it comes from near Ridgway, at the north portal to the San Juan Mountains.

For all its knock-down beauty, however, Ridgway and Ouray County have not been bowled over by development. That, however, is starting to change.

The Telluride Watch, which does business on the other side of that magnificent background of mountains, reports that current building proposals would double the size of Ridgway.

Speed dating arrives

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Speed dating for unattached Gen Xers is arriving in Summit County. The way it works is that men and women are given the opportunity to have up to 12 meetings lasting six minutes during an evening. The event is at a brewpub already noted for its lively singles season. The event is limited to singles aged 26 through 39, reports the Summit Daily News. Cost is $39 per person.

Inmates could be warmed by fires

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A company based in Carson City, Nev., near Lake Tahoe, is trying to put together a partnership that will yield a $6.4 million project that will take waste wood and create energy and mulching soil.

Such projects are now being talked about frequently in mountain towns of the West, where aging forests are yielding dead trees that are becoming fire hazards. Few such projects have actually been built, however.

The facility in Carson City would consume such things as empty pallets. Trees from thinned forests in the increasingly fire-prone forests around Lake Tahoe could provide a quarter of the wood. As an energy source, the facility in Carson City could save a nearby prison $1.2 million in fuel costs.

More yet could be coming. While the U.S. government’s Healthy Forest Initiative laid out a plan for thinning of forests near settled areas, it provided no money to do so. If the U.S. government ever quits launching wars in the Middle East, cutting taxes, and having to contend with hurricanes in the South, there may actually be money to thin forests – and provide trees for such facilities.

Air pollution worse in park

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Many people visiting Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park think the blue haze is part of the naturally charming scenery.