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This new building will be a public-private partnership, explains the Summit Daily News. County taxpayers are paying for almost half. In their space will go detox, mental health, and indigent care, plus a hospice. The other half is being paid for by various groups of doctors. Both components have much room for expansion.

Wind power studied

TELLURIDE, Colo. — Power lines arrived at Hastings Mesa, above Telluride, in 2004. Now, testing is being done to determine whether the winds are sufficient to produce steady electricity. Involved in the project is the local San Miguel Power Association.

The Denver Post notes that when the power lines were installed, some of the back-to-the-land locals on the mesa feared it would bring light pollution and ostentatious houses.

Also involved in the testing is the state government’s energy office, which also has wind-testing devices in various locations around Colorado, mostly on the eastern plains.

Whitefish playing catch-up

WHITEFISH, Mont. —Whitefish, located at the base of the Big Mountain Ski Resort and near the eastern entrance to Glacier National Park, is among the fastest growing cities in Montana. Still, until last year, it had no full-time planning department. As such, the town feels like it is playing catch-up.

Still, the town council recently rejected adopting a moratorium on new development applications. Among the criticisms of a moratorium, reports the Whitefish Pilot, is that it would make housing unaffordable.

Lots of new Olivias and Jonathans

STEAMBOAT SPIRNGS, Colo. — Olivias and Jonathans were the top names chosen for newborns last year at Steamboat Springs’ Yampa Valley Medical Center.

"J" names were popular for boys in general. After Jonathan the popular names were Joshua, Jeremiah, and Jesse. For girls, "A" names such as Alexis, Andrea, and Arianna were popular.

As well, reports The Steamboat Pilot, Western-inspired names were popular: Aspen, Cody, and Dakota, as well as Hac, Shane, and Weston.

Cougars reported in Lake Tahoe

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A somewhat surprising number of mountain lion sightings have been reported in the area of Incline Village, one of the resort communities at Lake Tahoe. Usually, mountain lions follow deer herds, which means they should be elsewhere, notes the Nevada Bonanza.

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