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The Valley Journal reports that Spitzer also pledged willingness to use varied roof lines, gables, and pedestrian friendly trellises, benches and public art in order to get into Carbondale.

The underlying reality for Carbondale is that, while it remains a charming, prototypical small town, it is also growing rapidly, but much of the shopping is done about 12 miles away, at a huge 400,000-square-foot shopping complex called Glenwood Meadows.


New county for Tahoe-Truckee?

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Talk has resurfaced of drawing up a new county in the Truckee-Lake Tahoe area. This resort area is located in counties separated from their county seats by the crest of the Sierra Nevada. Tahoe is in Nevada County, while Truckee is in Placer County.

This isn’t the first time for such talk. Several decades ago, the California Legislature approved a bill that would have carved out a Tahoe County. But then-Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed it, because of the potential for fostering fragmentation of other counties with perhaps less good reason.

Ted Owens, who represents the Tahoe area in Nevada, says creating a new county would be a “monumental task.” Another official estimates the realignment would take 15 to 20 years if a group dedicated to the cause undertakes it.

The Tahoe Daily News reports there are several reasons for opposition. First, people in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada rather like the idea of having the mountain resorts in their counties.

Too, it’s not clear that people in the resort areas would actually like having their own county once they fully examined the numbers. Snow-removal costs are high, and at least in the case of Placer County, the mountain resorts may cost more to service than they provide in tax revenues. And finally, a larger county may be stronger, whereas a Truckee-Tahoe county might be weaker because of dependency on one economic sector.

The two counties currently vote Republican reliably, but the resort-anchored areas of Truckee-Tahoe are just as reliable in their Democratic votes. A Truckee official, Barbara Green, said one theory is that the closer a population lives to a body of water, the more environmental its voting habits.

Similar discussions have been going on in Colorado for decades. The most persistent questioning regards Eagle County, which is dominated by Vail but also includes a portion of the Aspen-dominated Roaring Fork Valley.