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A 60 metre well struck a vein of water, which is now running 37.7 °C. It is diverted into a tiered set of three pools, each at a different temperature. Some electric heating is also used to boost the pool water to a maximum of 39 °C, explains the Glenwood Springs Post Independent .


Electric cars plugged in Summit County

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. - Will electric cars make any headway in ski towns? Aspen for several years has had charging stations at its town-parking garage. Vail and Whistler have a few charging stations, too.

But even if towns and shopping complexes install charging stations, will people use them? That's been a broad question across North America. Auto dealers tell the Summit Daily News that while plenty of people want improved fuel efficiency, there's been no demand for electric cars. Just the same, a local dealer plans to take possession of Ford's all-electric car, the Focus.

Electric cars cost significantly more, and they have limited range, typically 64-kilometres. It takes about eight hours to fully recharge a depleted battery using the 120-volt plugs used in homes for stoves and refrigerators. Aided by a federal program, San Diego, Portland and other cities have been busily installing new 240-volt and 440-volt stations, and Vancouver, B.C., now requires that new developments be outfitted with the infrastructure for charging stations.


Banff supports GranFondo

BANFF, Alberta - The town council in Banff has thrown its support behind a new road cycling event in Banff National Park planned for next year. GranFondo Canada hosts similar road rides at Whistler and, this year, in Kananaskis Country. The proposed race would cover 145 kilometres and would attract 1,500 riders in its first year, building to upwards of 5,000, organizers say.


Bikers, dogs barred from Banff trail

BANFF, Alberta - Dogs and mountain bikers are banned this summer from a shoreline trail along Lake Minnewanka, located in Banff National Park.

Hikers will still be allowed, but this year they will be required to take bear spray. They had previously been required to travel in tightly spaced groups no smaller than four people.

Provoking the new restrictions were three or four surprise grizzly bear encounters with cyclists in the past few years, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook . All involved female bears with cubs.