‘Pig fat’ used to to quell road dust
HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS – Grand County is full of gravel roads. To quell the dust, each summer the county road and bridge department applies magnesium chloride.But this year, reports the Sky-Hi News, road crews have applied a new road stabilizer. The chemical was not identified, but road crews refer to it unaffectionately as “pig fat,” as it is partially made from animal waste products. The question is whether the chemical causes less damage to roadside vegetation than mag chloride, which is highly corrosive.Grand County is compiling a comprehensive report in conjunction with several other counties in Colorado about the use of magnesium chloride as a dust queller. Another study is being done by the state transportation department about mag chloride’s effects on trees adjacent to highways, as trees are dying, and not just along roads where mag chloride is used.Crested Butte will not ban real estate offices
CRESTED BUTTE – Crested Butte has walked away from the idea of banning offices used by doctors, lawyers and real estate salesman from the ground-floor level of Elk Avenue, the town’s main street.Several council members seemed to like the idea, going where Vail went 30 years ago and where Aspen seems to be headed. But, in the end, council members decided there is no real need to ban offices, as there isn’t really enough business for the existing shops, reported the Crested Butte News. The council may review the idea, but not soon.New Durango-Moab trail caters to bicyclesDURANGO – A new hut system catering to mountain bike riders between Durango and Moab opened at summer’s start. The 215-mile route uses existing roads and primitive paths and is studded by six small portable huts stocked with food, water, and sleeping bags.
The owner, Joe Ryan, already operates a mountain bike route between Telluride and Moab. He told the Durango Telegraph that compared to the older route, this new trail is more remote and also more visually stunning. While the riding is technically easy, the overall length makes it more physically demanding. As well, it will challenge the route-finding abilities of riders, he said.Ryan was annoyed with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for not moving as fast as he had wanted. It took the agencies 14 months to process his proposal and conclude the impacts were acceptable. There was no environmental opposition.Granby bulldozer could be cut up for scrap metalGRANBY – No decision has been made about what will be done with the bulldozer driven by Marvin Heemeyer when he plowed into 13 buildings on June 4, but it probably won’t end up in a museum or erected in the town park.Both those latter ideas have been widely circulated, and there is precedent, of sorts. Many parks have tanks and missiles, and museums have the old rifles used by bad men and good men.
The district attorney’s office in Grand County, where Granby is located, is trying to obtain the bulldozer, and the Sky-Hi News reports talk of dismembering the machinery for its value in scrap metal. Water and juice very inexpensive in AspenASPEN – Not much in Aspen is cheap, but electricity and water are. Aspen’s electrical rates are eighth lowest among the 51 utilities in Colorado. Water is nearly as cheap. The city government provides both, and its electric rates have gone unchanged for 12 years, and its water rates 17 years, reports The Aspen Times. City officials think it’s time to adjust the rates. Currently, 43 percent of the city’s power comes from coal while 57 percent comes from either wind or hydro.
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