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CB may get a bowling alley

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. — For whatever reason, bowling is becoming cool again. A bowling alley is part of a proposal for a major redevelopment project in Vail, and now a 10-lane bowling alley is before officials in Crested Butte, a town better known for its alley ski race. The Crested Butte News explains the project has a great many planning hurdles yet, not least that traditional bugaboo, a required parking lot. By the town’s calculation, 55 to 60 spaces are needed. That’s about six cars per lane.

Truckee losing last picture show

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee is losing its lone movie theater, to be replaced by retail shops. The owner of the theater, as distinct from the building, told the Sierra Sun that the theater had been breaking even financially, but no better.

Meanwhile, in the Colorado mountain town of Gunnison, the last movie theater was gone long ago, and lately there have been efforts to recruit one. But writing in Colorado Central Magazine, George Sibley questions whether a movie theater really is necessary anymore. Gunnison, which has a small college, Western State, brims with activities and entertainment, including live theater, he points out, and most every home has a DVD player.

Tinted snow on Rockies

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Snow from Telluride to Winter Park looked slightly tinted after a wind storm in mid-February. If it reminded some of the Painted Desert, there was good cause, explains the Summit Daily News. Fine-dust particles had been picked up in Northern Arizona and carried by strong winds into Colorado. Such dust storms are not unusual in the spring. Dust from deserts in Asia sometimes also taints the snow of the Rocky Mountains, explained Ethan Greene, director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Carbondale close to big-box ban

CARBONDALE, Colo. — Trustees in this town 30 miles downvalley from Aspen are pushing toward a ban on big-box stores of more than 60,000 square feet in size.

Town residents during the last several years had entertained the possibility of a shopping complex that might have included The Home Depot, but ultimately rejected it. The last agreement was that the town and the developer would work toward a common solution.

This proposed cap of 60,000 square feet, if adopted, would nullify that prior agreement, reports Carbondale’s local newspaper, the Valley Journal. The Home Depot says it needs a minimum 102,000 square feet.