Friday, July 14, 2006

Wolf Creek road gets OK

From The Associated Press:

The Forest Service again endorsed road construction at the Wolf Creek ski area today, rejecting appeals by both sides in a heated debate over a massive development planned at the rustic Colorado resort.

The agency had earlier approved construction of two short roads for access to the proposed Village at Wolf Creek.

Three separate appeals by opponents said the Forest Service underestimated the impact of the project on the area and said the agency was improperly influenced by the development team working for Texas billionaire Billy Joe “Red” McCombs, a co-founder of Clear Channel Communications.

The developers, meanwhile, said the decision unfairly requires them to build a 750-foot road at cost of about $12 million, when a shorter extension of an existing road would be cheaper and have less environmental impact.

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