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Canyons wants out of lease



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Developers of the project, called One Steamboat Place, have asked for a variance that would allow a building 104 feet tall. Existing zoning allows 67 feet in that location.

The Timbers Company, the Carbondale-based developer, says the additional height is needed to provide enough residential units – 85 in all, to go along with 15,000 square feet of commercial space – to create a profit. The architect on the project, Robin Shiller, of Basalt-based CCY Architects, said that the additional height would cause little additional view obstruction and reduction of sunlight reaching the adjacent Gondola Building. "The difference between that and our building is incremental," he said.

The 500,000-square-foot building was endorsed by the planning commission by a 5-2 vote. One of the dissenters, Nancy Engelken, described it as "just too massive. It doesn’t fit what, to me, is a village concept." The Steamboat Springs City Council was scheduled to take up the project on Aug. 8 and 22.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today also reports the council has approved another major project, this one also near the base of the ski area. That project, Wildhorse Meadows, will have 67 residential units, plus 35,000 square feet of commercial space, all on 47 acres.

The newspaper explains that both projects are tied financially to Whitney Ward, a landowner and partner in Resort Ventures West. After approval of the plan, the projects are to become separate entities, said Jim Wells, vice president of Timbers Company.

Telluride wrangles about dogs & poop

TELLURIDE, Colo. — Dogs being dogs was the central topic at a recent Telluride meeting. It’s most certainly a dog-loving town, but many owners let their dogs romp off-leash. And even when they are on leash, many dogs are permitted to defecate without their human companions bothering to clean up the mess.

All this has resulted in what one part-time resident says incredulously is a would-be world-class resort town with dog poop everywhere. Many locals seem to agree with that arched-eyebrow appraisal.

A veterinarian testified that the concern is motivated by more than just aesthetics. Dr. Christopher Capaldo said dog scat often carries both ringworm, which can stay in the soil for up to 20 years, and hookworm. Both intestinal parasites are easily transmitted to humans.

Quest for cross often results in lost hikers

MINTURN, Colo. — Tradition has been served. As has been the case almost without fail during the last 20 years or more, a hiker got lost while climbing Mount of the Holy Cross. The 14,005-foot peak lies near the Beaver Creek ski area, although the nearest town is Minturn.