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Aspen hits carbon-reduction goal



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There, countertops are made of quartz. It has a keyless entry. Lights are operated by a matrix-like keypad. And flat screens seem to be on every wall and in every corner. “This is the home of the dedicated technophile or, quite possibly, Captain Kirk,” notes the newspaper.


Snowboard maker relocates

SILVERTON, Colo. – Silverton’s reputation as a centre for extreme sports continues to grow. The latest addition is Venture Snowboards, which makes boards that cost between $515 and $675. The company, which previously was located about 50 miles south at Durango, is building a 4,000-square-foot factory in a new industrial park, reports The Denver Post.

Silverton had a year-round economy until the last mine closed in the 1990s, when it fell back to a summer-only proposition, dependent overwhelmingly on tourists from the narrow-gauge train from Durango.

The double black-diamond ski area called Silverton Mountain opened several years ago, and the town is also home to ScottyBob Skis and Mountain Boy Sledworks, two specialty manufacturers.


Telluride’s gondola is now 10

TELLURIDE, Colo. – The gondola that connects Telluride, the town, with its younger sibling town of Mountain Village has now been in operation for 10 years, the first and only such free conveyance. It also provides transportation to some of the ski slopes.

Built at a cost of $16 million, it was modeled on the gondola at Zermatt, Switzerland. The goal is to reduce automobile use, and while there are many complaints about congestion in Telluride, all evidence suggests the gondola has succeeded. It carries upwards of 2.5 million passengers a year. The alternative to the 12-minute ride is a broadly looping drive of about five miles.

The gondola, reports The Telluride Watch, is a democratic transportation system. “There is not one economic class, age group, social class, or type of visitor that doesn’t use the gondola,” says Michael De Leon, a marketing associate with the town of Mountain Village.

Although Mountain Village has been caricaturized as a modern-day ghost town, because of its high proportion of second-home owners, it is now far more lively than it was in the early 1990s, residents tell The Watch.


Ban on idling broadened

BANFF, Alberta – The anti-idling restrictions for commercial vehicles in Banff are being expanded to the entire townsite. Before, the restrictions applied to just a few small downtown areas.