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While some people in the southwest corner town of Basalt have agitated to be removed from Eagle County and included in Aspen’s Pitkin County, they were snubbed in 1999 by Pitkin County, which saw it as a net loss.

 

Park City sips from next basin

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah – When it comes to water, Park City and other housing developments in western Summit County have nearly reached their limits to growth. Park City has virtually no watershed upstream, a situation rivaled among Colorado ski towns perhaps only by that of Winter Park.

With that in mind, Park City and Summit County and two water districts are bearing down on an agreement that would deliver 5,000 acre-feet of water annually from a reservoir located 17 miles away on the south-facing flanks of the Uintah Range.

This agreement would ensure sufficient water for the growth anticipated in the Park City area for the next 40 years, said Jerry Gibbs, public works director for Park City.

Park City is unusual among ski towns of the West in that it gets 40 per cent of its water from tunnels in old silver mines. Nearby Salt Lake City also gets some of its water from those mines.

 

Hospital already adding beds

FRISCO, Colo. – Opened only 15 months ago, the new hospital for Summit County, called the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, is already looking to augment its existing 25 beds. The hospital has been at full capacity on repeated occasions, hospital administrator Paul Chodkowski tells the Summit Daily News. Another hospital representative said the growth in volume was not surprising. The beds are being added in previously “shelled” but undeveloped space.

 

Museum will focus on electrical story

DURANGO, Colo. – Although Telluride can lay claim to the world’s first long-distance transmission of alternating current, beginning in 1891, Durango quickly embraced the new technology. By1892, it had a power plant that burned coal to produce electricity and then transmitted to street lights using AC lines.

The plant in the 1930s was converted to burn natural gas, then production of electricity was abandoned altogether during the 1970s. But Durango for several years has been plotting how to create a visitor-friendly museum devoted to power generation and use. The Durango Telegraph reports the museum is expected to open in 2009.

The building is the oldest known surviving AC power plant.