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Snowmass Mall shop burglarizedPolice in Snowmass Village are investigating a burglary and theft of approximately $1,300 from a hair-styling parlor on the village mall.The burglary happened on the night of July 19 at The Village Salon, according to Officer Brian Olson, some time after the shop closed at 6 p.m. and before it opened the next morning.Olson declined to describe how the burglar got into the store, saying the matter is under investigation. He said the burglar or burglars got away with cash from the petty-cash box and from another drawer.No witnesses have been located, Olson said.Breckenridge Ski Area lift back on trackAfter a lengthy on-again, off-again approval process, Breckenridge Ski Area is once again on track to begin building the Peak 8 Summit Lift as soon as Aug. 2.Regional Forest Service officials last week rejected a challenge to the lift, and Breckenridge resort officials said in a prepared statement that they are hopeful the lift will be completed in time for the 2005-’06 season.Only a last-ditch lawsuit could delay the project at this point, Dillon District Ranger Rick Newton said, explaining that regional Forest Service officials denied an appeal of the lift approval last week.Any potential issues relating to wetlands impacts have also been resolved, following a July 20 site visit, when resort officials and their consultants walked the terrain with regulators from the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.The Corps and the EPA had previously expressed concern about a lack of precise wetlands mapping in the project area.”We like to have a level of confidence and we didn’t have that,” said the EPA’s Sarah Fowler. But “there are no wetlands in the way of the project.””Our goal was to go through and show them on the ground what we had done, mapping-wise,” said Joe Foreman, winter sports ranger for the Dillon Ranger District. “We got a clean bill of health on wetlands.” (From the Summit Daily News)Rock slide helps boost Central City’s gambling businessCENTRAL CITY (AP) – Last month’s massive rock slide is helping increase gambling business in this historic town, which was already benefiting from the construction of the Central City Parkway.”We’ve been smiling a lot more” since the slide, says Central City Mayor Buddy Schmalz, who is also a brewmaster at a nearby pub and casino. “I’m laughing a lot more, too.”Since gaming’s beginning in 1991, Central City’s cozy, family-owned Main Street has been out-performed by Black Hawk, with its scene-stealing 49-cent breakfasts, BMW giveaways and mammoth casinos laced inside with strings of neon.The main route to both cities, Colorado 119 connecting to U.S. 6, took gamblers to Black Hawk first and many stopped there without going the extra mile to Central City.On June 21, 2,300 cubic yards of rock fell on U.S. 6, closing a portion of the road until September, pushing thousands of visitors to the new Central City Parkway and turning this old mining town into the new first stop for gamblers.

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