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CRESTED BUTTE – The rule-making for who can sell medical marijuana and under what terms has gotten complicated in Crested Butte, where 10 people have inquired about the potential for setting up a business.

Rules being reviewed by the town council, reports the Crested Butte News, call for operations only between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., and somewhat removed from schools and parks.

Whom they can sell paraphernalia to seems to be still up for debate. The owner of a store that sells tobacco and paraphernalia dislikes the idea of the medical marijuana businesses edging into his paraphernalia sales. “It’s not like this is New York or Denver, with a huge customer base,” protested John Benn. He predicted he might go out of business.

WHISTLER, B.C. – With less than two months left, Olympic organizers are urging Whistler to get excited – and also provide some beds for volunteers. Organizers still want to secure places for 700 volunteers.

“Every bed, every pillow, every couch – we need everything we can get,” said John Furlong, the chief executive of the 2010 Games to be held in Vancouver and Whistler.

But not all in Whistler are excited about having the Olympics. Among those writing a letter in Pique Newsmagazine recently was Grant Lamont, a municipal council member. He said that it is important that differing views be tolerated and respected. He indicated he believes that that it’s possible to care a great deal about Whistler without supporting the Olympics.

“I have always been a big supporter of sport; it is the sport bureaucracy that I don’t trust,” he wrote.

KETCHUM, Idaho – Drivers in Ketchum have a very long grace period for violating the town’s new law against idling. The city council passed the law in October, limiting a vehicle’s idling time to three minutes.

The law makes many exceptions, such as when a driver is sitting at a traffic light, testing a serviced vehicle and other instances.

But cars sitting outside a grocery store for 45 minutes are another matter entirely. Still, the town staff members enforcing the ordinance are merely handing out educational fliers through next September.

The law applies winter and summer. “They do it to keep their dogs warm in the winter and their dogs cold in the summer,” said Ketchum Police Chief Steve Harkins.

EAGLE – It’s hardly a cheerful Christmas/Hanukkah/Winter Solstice in Eagle, the once-booming town 30 miles west of Vail.

The town board has approved a major shopping complex called Eagle River Station after consideration for several years. Everybody agrees the town could use the added revenue, but opponents think the complex will end any vestige of small-town charm – and perhaps not add all that much revenue.

Recriminations have been flying, with the opposing camps alleging various illegal procedures – none of them rising to the level of importance that will probably be remembered even a year from now. As well, union carpenters picketed in protest of the developer, Trinity/RED, who they believe had a bad track record in Missouri.

Knowing there would have to be a town-wide vote on the matter one way or another, the town board scheduled the election for Jan. 5.

PEMBERTON, B.C. – Six run-of-river hydroelectric projects have been selected for further study near Pemberton, a town located near Whistler. Pique Newsmagazine explains that the provincial government in British Columbia has wanted to reduce dependency on electricity produced by burning natural gas, because of the greenhouse gas emissions, and hence encouraged run-of-river hydroelectric plants. In such plants, the rivers and creeks aren’t dammed.


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