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Far behind is Colorado’s Eagle County (Vail and Beaver Creek), followed by the usual suspects: Massachusset’s Nantucket, Utah’s Summit County (Park City), Idaho’s Blaine County (Sun Valley/Ketchum), Colorado’s San Miguel County (Telluride), Colorado’s Routt County (Steamboat), and then Colorado’s Summit County (Breckenridge, etc.)

Two growth paths, same staffing levels

MAMOTH LAKES, Calif. — The town of Mammoth Lakes has been trying to map the future, understanding that there are various paths that may lie ahead. But the difference between the strong growth and the lower growth scenarios is slight when tied to the town’s municipal staffing levels, reports The Sheet. One scenario sees 133 town employees, and the other 135 employees.

Idling allowed on breaks

PARK CITY, Utah — It’s a no-no in Park City for police officers to leave their cars idling while taking breaks. Not so in unincorporated Summit County, even if gas is more than $3 per gallon.

"When your husband’s kicking the crap out of you and you’re dialing 911 while he’s ripping the phone out of the wall, which happens pretty much on a weekly basis in Summit County… those are the people that don’t care that our vehicles idle," explained Dave Booth, the chief sheriff’s deputy.

"People want cops there now, they want them there three minutes ago," he went on to tell The Park Record.

High-tech gear further explains the policy. Police use lap-top computers to provide directions in the fast-growing valley. Leaving the computers on while shutting down the motor draws down car batteries. Booting up the computers takes 5 to 10 minutes.

Good luck and bad

EDWARDS, Colo. — Runoff from the biggest snow in nine years along the I-70 corridor has been moderately paced this year, with the peak runoff expected more or less on schedule, in late May or early June. Still, the water has been troubling.

The Vail Daily reports several mishaps involving rafters and one fatality. The victim, a 57-year-old Eagle Valley man, was rafting at Edwards when the boat flipped. Described as experienced, he was wearing a life vest but did not survive.

Meanwhile, several novices who did everything wrong survived with comparatively minor injuries. The trio of 19- and 20-year-olds had purchased a raft from Wal-Mart, but instead of investing in life vests, they bought a 12-pack for their journey on the Colorado River on a segment that has rapids of moderate Class III difficulty. The trio got pitched from the raft, lost most of their clothes to the waters, and one even blacked out. Miraculously, all survived.

A life remembered

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