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Feng shui guides design

GRANBY, Colo. — Last year, the quietly seething owner of a muffler shop, Marvin Heemeyer, bulldozed his way down the main street of Granby, gutting or damaging a dozen or so buildings, including the town hall. Now, it’s rebuilding time, and town officials have instructed the contractor to incorporate the Chinese practice of feng shui in the design of the new town hall.

In feng shui, buildings are laid out based on principles that are supposed to cause people who use those buildings to lead healthier, happier, and more prosperous lives. Granby’s town clerk, Debbie Hess, confided to the Sky-Hi News that it was partly her idea. "I like it because it makes for a happier workplace," she said.

Gordman in critical condition

TAOS, N.M. — R.C. Gorman, 74, the painter whose works were long a staple of Southwest-oriented galleries in Vail, Aspen, and other ski towns, is reported by The Taos News to be in critical but stable condition as of Oct. 7 as the result of a bacterial blood infection that has proven highly resistant to antibiotic treatment. Among the complications has been pneumonia.

Telluride in early ski days

TELLURIDE, Colo. — Telluride’s wonderfully eclectic radio station, KOTO, is celebrating its 30th birthday, and in honor of the occasion, long-time writer Mavis Bennett recalled what Telluride was like in the early to mid-1970s, just as mining operations were ending and ski area operations were beginning.

"Early ’70s Telluride had a population of around 500 – an uneasy mix of mining families whose members had labored for Idarado Mining Co. at the end of the box canyon for generations, and about 100 ‘newcomers,’" she writes. "The newcomers were hippies and entrepreneurs. The hippies were looking for respite from the wars of the counterculture. Weary of the urban hassles, they hoped that their visionary ideas might germinate better in this small, isolated, pristine mountain community."

Telluride then "was as close to a classless society as anything could ever be," she further recalls. "If you had an idea or wanted to start an organization or an event, you just did it. There were always others who were also interested and would help you. The many commissions, rules and regulations that now govern the town had not yet been invented. Money was not the highest priority to most people in town at that time. Everything was new; opportunities abounded. There was a town to create and there were volunteers for every project.