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The city has subsidized operations since 1977, when it took on a joint-use agreement with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. The Steamboat Pilot & Today notes that operations at the ski hill include the jumping complex that has been the training site for many world champions, helping establish Steamboat's claim to fame as the source of more Winter Olympians than any other town.

Some bloggers on the newspaper's website question why the subsidy for this recreational amenity should be challenged, while that of other parks and venues maybe aren't.


Fido banned from events

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. - What's a mountain town without dogs roaming around? Breckenridge is finding out. The town had adopted a law that specifically sets the procedure by which pets can be excluded from events. Signs will have to be posted at the events, reports the Summit Daily News .

Citing a town memo, the Daily News notes that more and more events held in Breckenridge ban animals, usually due to the presence of food or large crowds of people. While most people have been compliant, authorities have recently had people challenging the policy.


Big projects planned

EAGLE, Colo. - Two big projects in the Eagle Valley, one at Vail and the other in Eagle, got key approvals last week.

In Vail, the town council approved an amendment to the community master plan needed for Ever Vail, a $1 billion project at the base of the ski mountain, to move forward. This would become the third or fourth major access point to the ski mountain. That said, Vail has no clear idea of when it will start building. It also needs several more permits.

In Eagle, the local planning commission unanimously recommended approval of a giant retail-shopping complex called Eagle River Station. A similar plan of the same name was rejected by town voters last year, as was another major development plan several years before. The Eagle Valley Enterprise suggests s distinct shift in the town outlook, but also hints that the development could once again became a consuming community issue in town elections in 2012.

Tinkering with energy use

Lake Tahoe, Nevada - Ski towns continue to tinker with ratcheting up renewable energy and energy efficiency, reducing carbon footprints.

In the Lake Tahoe area, Placer County has been trying for years to develop a biomass plant, to generate electricity, using the abundant scraps of trees from the Tahoe Basin as fuel. Neighbors objected in one area, but a spot called Cabin Creek has now been identified, reports the Sierra Sun .