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Aspen hits carbon-reduction goal



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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 valleys.

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 transforming Northstar.

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.