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Municipal councilors adopted the ban in response to complaints
from residents. How they will enforce the ban, however, is another matter. One
dissenting councilor called it a “feel-good thing,” but the broader view was
that the town should do what it can to preserve environmental quality.
Both Whistler and Jasper have idling restrictions applicable to
commercial vehicles. Aspen and Telluride also have all-encompassing idling
restrictions, three to five minutes in the case of Aspen.
Truckee-Tahoe looking like Colorado
TRUCKEE, Calif. – Truckee and the nearby ski resorts of
Northstar and Squaw Valley are looking ever more like the Colorado resort
Now buses have begun shuttling from Truckee and the Lake Tahoe
North Shore area to the airport at Reno. The idea is that destination guests
will avail themselves of this service. The Sierra Sun reports a one-way fare of
$35, compared to $100 for a taxi trip between Reno and Squaw Valley
The region in years past got relatively few destination skiers,
appealing mostly to day and weekend trippers from the Bay Area. But base area
villages have been assembled at both Squaw Valley and Northstar, and the latter
is getting a five-star Ritz. Vancouver-based Intrawest has been a key developer
at Squaw Valley, while Vail-based Booth Creek and East West Partners have been
Truckee is looking more like Vail in other ways as well. Eleven
years ago Vail gambled on a traffic roundabout, the first in the West, and then
went on a roundabout-building spree. Now, having finished its first roundabout in
the last year, Truckee is set to do two more. The town is also considering
building a parking garage.
Finally, the Sierra Sun has become a daily newspaper. It is
owned by the Reno-based Swift chain, which also publishes daily newspapers in
Aspen, Vail, and Summit County.
Berthoud Pass now three lanes
WINTER PARK, Colo. – After seven years, the highway across Berthoud Pass is now three-laned all the way from Winter Park to where it connects with Interstate 70, about a half-hour west of Denver.
More-daring drivers save 20 to 30 minutes now that they can scoot past trucks and other slower-moving traffic on the 11,315-foot crossing of the Continental Divide. Equally important is the perception of reduced difficulty when traveling the hairpin-turn knotted highway.