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Instead, the town council has given preliminary approval to a law that mandates wildlife-resistant cans. One trash company will charge $150 for those wildlife-resistant cans, but cost was not really the issue. Trash companies said the cans were too heavy for their workers and trucks, not to mention the backs of homeowners. However, if the wildlife-resistant cans at homes do not curb bear problems, then homeowners will be required to invest in the wildlife-proof cans.
Construction sites do not get off so easy. Wildlife-proof containers will be required there. Condominium complexes will be required to have wildlife-proof bins or, in the case of Dumpster and other large trash containers, wildlife-resistant enclosures.
The cost of this is not inconsequential. Town officials say they will spend $200,000 to install wildlife-proof containers at parks, trailheads, and bus stops, and the cost of collecting that public trash is expected to rise $12,000 annually.
Steamboat mulls art museum
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – City officials and boosters of the fine arts are mulling whether they can make a go of an art museum in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Helen Rehder, who had had owned a prominent and historic building since 1937 with her husband, Harry, bequeathed it to the city with the request that it be “operated as a museum for the preservation and commemoration of the lifestyle of settlers in Routt County.”
As Helen Rehder was herself an artist of some talent, art boosters believe that a museum displaying fine art would be in keeping with her wishes — and could help Steamboat build a reputation as a destination for art enthusiasts.
City officials tell the Steamboat Pilot & Today that it is important the century-old building pay for itself, either with income from the museum or from another business located in the building.
Hunters unhappy about photo
GRANBY, Colo. – Bow hunters are angry with Patrick Brower, who edits the Sky-Hi News. Several weeks ago Brower came across a bull elk with an arrow in its side. Brower took a photo of the bull and printed it.
“What were you thinking?” asks Paul Navarre, a bow hunter in a letter published in the newspaper. Navarre argues that hunting, regardless of the weapon, “should be a very private relationship” between hunter and prey. Hunting and killing “is not a spectator sport and does not need to be advertised to the general public as your picture of the wounded bull elk did,” he added.