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Crested Butte has been fighting the proposed molybdenum mine since the 1970s. Molybdenum mining in the United States tanked in 1981, forcing the closure of the Climax Mine between Leadville and Copper Mountain. However, partly in response to the rapid expansion of the Chinese and Indian economies, the world price of molybdenum has been soaring. There is widespread speculation that the Climax Mine will reopen.

Eagle objects to gated project

EAGLE, Colo. — When the Kobe Bryant case erupted in 2003, reporters for several big-city newspapers who toured Eagle for about 10 minutes proclaimed it a "tiny, working-class town."

Tiny is relative, of course. Eagle has a population of 5,000.

Working class is also relative. Eagle may be home to plumbers, carpenters, and others, but it’s hard to call a place that is thick with $500,000 homes "working-class" without using an asterisk.

Still, the town long ago stamped its foot and said it wasn’t going to be a place with gated communities and trophy homes used by mostly absentee owners.

The latest story proposal comes from a familiar source, hotel and hospital building magnate Fred Kummer, who for decades envisioned a ski area south of Eagle called Adam’s Rib. While he abandoned the ski area in 1997, he retains hope of a high-end gated community.

However, Eagle County planners, bolstered by objections from Eagle, torpedoed this latest proposal. Planners objected to the septic tanks proposed for the 114 homes, impacts to elk habitat, and the number of long, dead-end roads. As well, it amounts to leap-frog development.

December bus ridership spikes

ASPEN, Colo. — Ridership on the Roaring Fork Transit Authority buses between Aspen and its down-valley suburbs of Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs was up 6 per cent last year.

But most notable was the 20 per cent increase in December, a spike that bus officials attributed to higher gas prices, many snowy days, and higher employment levels.

That December spurt is seen with ambivalence, however. Many riders were forced to stand in the aisles for the usually torturously congested journey into Aspen. To keep them as bus patrons, say transportation officials, they need to find seats for them – and that means more buses. Transportation officials are not sure how rapidly they can respond, reports The Aspen Times.

Major medical campus coming

FRISCO, Colo. — Summit County has a new hospital. By the end of summer, it will also have a $10 million medical office building.

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