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Around the Mountains: Foreclosure auction planned at Tamarack

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DONNELLY, Idaho ” Financial clouds continue to pile up over Tamarack, the ski-based resort located 90 miles north of Boise that only three years ago drew President George W. Bush for a vacation.

The latest bad news for the developers is that two banks, Bank of America and Sterling Bank, that had loaned money for a conference complex and an employee-housing project at the resort plan to have the properties sold by auction.

The Associated Press, in stories published in the Boise Statesman, also reports that Bank of America forced a new agreement to cover lease payments on two ski lifts.

Separately, co-owner Jean-Pierre Boespflug conceded he may be forced to quit as chief executive officer to lure a new investor. Speculation also continues that the resort will be sold.

Building debris must be sorted for recycling

BANFF, Alberta ” Builders and craftsmen in Banff are now being required to separate construction waste for recycling.

Last year, only 33 percent was separated as necessary for recycling.

The requirement was adopted to help meet a regional goal to divert 70 percent of trash from the local landfill through recycling.

It already costs more to dump construction debris at the landfill, but not high enough to spur the builders to sort more thoroughly, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

The law applies to kiln-dried lumber, drywall, metal, cardboard, concrete and asphalt shingles.

Boring continuing into old mines at Silverton

SILVERTON ” Drills are bore into an old mine at Silverton as a company called Colorado Goldfields continues it examination of what minerals may still be available for extraction.

The company this summer drilled two holes in the Gold King, a mine active from 1895 to 1920. The mine produced about 345,000 ounces of gold and 4 million ounces of silver.

Steve Guyer, the chief financial officer, told the Durango Herald in August that production costs are well below gold prices. Still, Goldfields has not yet announced when it will begin mining, although it does proclaim that profitability on its operations will arrive within 18 months.

The company also continues to drill into the Mogul Mine, in the hope of intersecting the historical vein that had been mined. Historical data indicated a good grade of silver, lead, copper and zinc.

Commuter buses crowding, and fares are on the rise

TELLURIDE ” Commuter buses are getting more crowded across ski country, and they’re also getting more expensive.

Newspapers in Jackson Hole, Aspen and Telluride all carried news in recent weeks of contemplated or approved increases in passenger fares to compensate for increased fuel costs.

The bus linking Telluride and one of its bedroom communities, Norwood, will see a 100 percent increase in fare price.

That leaves it at just $2 a ride, reports The Telluride Watch.

Still, that’s a good deal, as the drive is about a half-hour long.

U.S. Forest Service offers carrots to motorized users

DURANGO ” Instead of wielding sticks, the U.S. Forest Service is offering carrots to motorized users who use the San Juan National Forest.

The proof of this carrot pudding will be whether motorized users self-police themselves. If not, says the Durango Telegraph, the federal agency may get out the stick.

A study several years ago revealed more than 60,000 miles of renegade trails throughout the nation ” which spurred Dale Bosworth, then chief of the Forest Service, to order motorized travel be confined to only those roads and trails specifically designated for use.

In the Durango area, however, the Forest Service chose to include 52 miles of previously undesignated roads ” mostly old mining and logging roads ” in the new road network. As well, for motorcycle riders, there will be a sanctioned singletrack that probably started as a pirate trail. Grousing on both sides of the equation is being heard.

The San Juan Trail Riders complain that “terrain that was once multiple use is being restricted more and more.”

The Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers says that the Forest Service is failing to meet Bosworth’s mandate of limiting motorized use to restricted roads, let alone undoing the damage to the landscape incurred in the last 20 years.

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