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ATV law needs teeth

SILVERTON, Colo. — Earlier this year San Juan County adopted a law that seeks to rein in the worst impulses of all-terrain vehicle riders who are drawn to the above-treeline tundra around Silverton by the maze of four-wheel-drive roads. In particular, youngsters on the ATVs seem prone to tearing across the tundra, unmindful of the damage they are causing.

But it’s one thing to pass a law, and quite another to enforce it. The Silverton Standard reports agreement that an alpine ranger is needed to educate backcountry motorized users, but nothing seems likely this year.

This new law was enacted in concert with identical laws in Ouray and San Miguel counties, as the three counties are connected by a series of backcountry roads.

Criminality of illegals a myth

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Steamboat Springs has added a rather high-brow lecture series to its summer schedule, and on a recent week the columnist Linda Chavez talked about immigration.

The crime rate of illegals is the "single biggest myth" in the immigration debate, she said. The rate of incarceration of Mexican immigrants is less than 1 per cent, while the rate for non-Hispanic whites is 1.3 per cent, she said.

The hardest issue in the debate, said Chavez, a native of New Mexico noted for her conservative viewpoints, is the status of children of illegal immigrants. Chavez suggested that illegal immigrants pay tuition for their children’s schoolings.

Paper now in magazine biz

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Like many ski town newspapers, the owner of The Steamboat Pilot & Today is getting into the magazine business. The new magazine, called "At Home in Steamboat Springs," will feature stories that are longer, and more in-depth than is commonly found in the newspaper, reported the newspaper. "We believe Steamboat is more than a town. It’s a lifestyle, and the magazine is meant to reflect that," said Scott Stanford, the newpaper’s editor.

Durango vertically challenged

DURANGO, Colo. — The rugged topography of the Animas River Valley prevents Durango from easily spreading outward. But rapidly rising land costs are nudging buildings higher in the city’s old downtown district.

The Durango Herald explains that existing downtown buildings are two and three storeys high, with four-storey buildings allowed by city guidelines on corner lots. Worried that four-storey buildings could replace some of these lower mid-block structures, the Durango City Council is looking at enacting a temporary moratorium on the taller buildings.