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Other ski towns have had similar concerns. Vail in 1973 passed a law that banned new ground-floor real estate offices. Aspen followed in Vail’s footsteps two years ago. Park City, Steamboat Springs, and various other ski towns considered doing so, but took no action. In most places, retail sales have surged again, quelling such talk.

Second homes to become first homes

DURANGO, Colo. — The second phase of a study about second-home owners being conducted in Southwest Colorado finds that a majority of those owners intend to make the homes permanent.

The study echoes the findings of a survey done in northwest Colorado, in the Grand Lake-to-Vail-to-Aspen area.

If the Durango-Pagosa Springs area is not noted for its affluence to the same extent as are Vail and Aspen, vacation homes compose a large percentage of the housing stock. Tax records in La Plata County, where Durango is located, show 17 per cent of single-family dwellings and 55 per cent of condominiums have mailing addresses outside the county.

10 th Mountain vet passes on

ASPEN, Colo. — The ranks of surviving 10 th Mountain Division veterans continues to thin. Among the latest to pass on is Harry Poschman, who grew up in Pennsylvania before moving to San Diego, where he led trips into the Sierra Nevada during the Great Depression.

With the arrival of World War II, Poschman joined the 10 th Mountain Division, training at Camp Hale, near the Colorado town of Red Cliff. He then fought with the 10 th Mountain in Italy. After the war, he lived in both Utah’s Alta and in Colorado’s Aspen. In Aspen, reports The Aspen Times, he built and operated a lodge, built homes, sold real estate, and taught skiing. He died recently at the age of 93.

Members of the 10 th Mountain Division, called the ski troopers, were legendary for establishing the post-war ski industry at Aspen, Vail, and many other resorts.

Clean power promised

DURANGO, Colo. — Although it remains far from a done-deal, another coal-fired power plant has been approved for the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners area. That approval has communities in and along the flanks of the San Juan Mountains of Colorado questioning what the additional pollution will mean for them.

The Four Corners already has two coal-fired power plants, whose plumes of smoke have been observed by astronauts. The electricity goes to California, but also Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

This new $2 billion power plant, called the Desert Rock, would be different, with pollution controls mandated by the EPA that will make it among the cleanest in the world.