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Coal plants are responsible for 37 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions caused by burning of fossil fuels in the United States. In addition, while there is no confirmed link to the power plants, fish in at least one reservoir near Durango have high levels of mercury that this year caused Colorado health officials to warn against consumption by pregnant women and children.

The Durango Telegraph says that while activists laud the EPA for holding the electricity utility to higher standards, concerns remain. "There are times in the San Juan Basin when there are unhealthy conditions that people are already breathing," said Roger Clark, the air and energy coordinator for the Grand Canyon Trust. He wants to see cumulative effects analysis done.

Cleanups leads to ‘sense of place’

TRUCKEE, Calif. — So what exactly does "sense of place" mean? Not easily defined, it has to do with the preserved history of a town or valley, the natural surroundings, and also the culture. But it can mean more.

For example, Truckee holds something called the Truckee River Day, in which volunteers help clean up the river and its riparian area. That, says the Sierra Business Council, is one thing that helps define Truckee and give it a "sense of place."

Idling cars are Devil’s tools

ASPEN, Colo.–Motorists in Aspen are being reminded that "Idling Isn’t Cool," to quote cards that are being posted at various stores. Idling of more than five minutes became the city law 20 years ago, but publicity efforts were stepped up last year, reports The Aspen Times. While the reduced idling is also part of the new effort to contain greenhouse gas emissions, some business employees are happy to see it because they then have to breathe fewer fumes.

Golfer survives lightning strike

GRANBY, Colo. — Calvin Reeves went to play golf and had an extraordinary experience. He was hit by lightning.

The lighting entered his head, ripped all of his clothes off, melted a portion of his hair, and left him unconscious on the golf turf. He remembers none of this, nor the subsequent helicopter ride across the Continental Divide to Georgetown and then the ambulance ride to Denver.

"I wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone else," he told Granby’s Sky-Hi News. One thing he wants others to understand is that you don’t have to be on a mountaintop to be struck by lighting. Even in the mountains, lightning strikes in the valleys.