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Aspen Pure water company gaining ground in U.S.

Allen Best

ASPEN – It’s not from Aspen, and anybody who knows anything about farming may wonder how pure it is. Still, a new line of bottled water called Aspen Pure seems to be making waves.

The product is now on the shelves in 11 states, with expansion scheduled to 15 more by Thanksgiving. And the business’ founder, Barry Gordon, has now enlisted a part-time Aspen resident with strong credentials – Pizza Hut founder Dan Carney – to help with business.

Carney called Aspen Pure the “next Fiji or Evian. With the worldwide brand recognition of Aspen, this product will sell.”

The water actually comes from an aquifer below a former potato field near Alamosa, about 200 miles from Aspen. Bottled on site, the water goes through a five-step filtration process.

“Our water sells better out of state than in state,” Gordon told The Aspen Times. “When you think of Aspen, you think of the Rocky Mountains: pure, clean, and healthy. And Aspen has a bit of Hollywood attached to it. So by taking a bottle, you’ve just bought a piece of Aspen mystique.”

Among the best outlets in Colorado is at the Denver airport, where travelers buy bottles as souvenirs.

Glaciers on Mount Shasta have doubled in size

SIERRA NEVADA, Calif. – It’s sort of a man-bites-dog story. On California’s Mount Shasta, several glaciers have grown dramatically in the last several decades – an unexpected development given that the majority of the world’s glaciers are in retreat.

All seven glaciers on the 14,162-foot Shasta have been growing in recent decades, and three of them have doubled in size since 1950, reports the Los Angeles Times. Why is this? One theory points to Shasta’s lonely position – it stands out by itself near the Oregon border. It reaches out to passing fronts, which in recent decades, have been warmer. And because they are warmer, they are able to carry more moisture. That can result in more precipitation in some areas, such as on Mount Shasta.

Something similar is happening in some glaciers in Norway. But this won’t go on forever. As temperatures rise, at some point there will be less snow, and hence the glaciers will retreat, experts predict.

That retreat is found elsewhere in California. Seven Sierra Nevada glaciers that were surveyed and photographed over the summer are all smaller than they were a century ago. One – Darwin Glacier – located near Bishop, Calif., is an estimated 50 to 100 feet thinner today than a century ago.

Whistler investigates closing bars at 4 a.m.

WHISTLER, B.C. – Although British Columbia now allows bars to remain open until 4 a.m., municipal staff at Whistler is recommending against it. However, there is some support on the city’s council, says Pique news magazine, that more staggered closings would reduce the noise and potential violence in Whistler’s Village Square after the bars close at 2 a.m.

Residents begin moving into huge affordable housing project

EDWARDS – The first residents in a new affordable-housing community called Miller Ranch moved in Oct. 28. Miller Ranch is the largest deed-restricted, affordable housing project to date in Eagle County. The project is located about halfway between Vail and Eagle.

Altogether, 282 homes are planned for the project. However, little more than a third of them have been sold thus far, reports the Vail Daily, mostly through a lottery system that gives priority to qualifying workers in Eagle County. Prices range from $120,000 to $260,000 for the units, which range from lofts to single-family homes, sized from 820 square feet to 1,511 square feet.

The complex also has soccer fields with artificial turf and will have a campus for the local Colorado Mountain College branch.

Nightclub killing blamed on gang rivalry

PARK CITY, Utah – Gang violence hit a nightclub along Interstate 80 near Park City recently. A man standing near the stage at a concert, with a sheriff’s deputy less than 50 feet away, was shot with a .22-caliber handgun and killed. Altogether, there were eight cops at the concert when the shooting occurred.

Sheriff’s investigators blamed the shooting on a rivalry between two Polynesian gangs from the Salt Lake City area, located about 35 miles away, reports The Park Record. Several suspects were nabbed.


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