Briefs for Dec. 8

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Burgess Creek chairlift opens at 10 a.m. today

The new $1.3 million Burgess Creek triple chairlift, Colorado's newest renewable energy-powered chairlift, opens at 10 a.m. today, more than a week ahead of schedule.

The first riders to christen the new chairs of the resort's alternative energy powered chairlift will include Tim Rehder from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's District 8 Office in Denver; Rick Spear, president of chairlift manufacturer Leitner-Poma of America in Grand Junction; Doug Allen, vice president of mountain operations for the resort; Janet Faller, U.S. Forest Service; JF Mugnier, vice president of technical service with Leitner-Poma, and Chris Diamond, president of the resort.

"As a business that will be disproportionately affected by the global climate change, we feel that it is our particular responsibility to lead the way in the pursuit of cutting-edge solutions," said Lyn Halliday, director of environmental affairs. "Purchasing renewable energy is a natural extension of our sustainability initiatives and is a great way to increase the supply of renewable energy facilities nationwide. With this decision, Steamboat has been recognized by the EPA's Green Power Partnership for their leadership in bringing new renewable energy to market."

As a part of its long-standing commitment to the environment, the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. purchased renewable energy certificates to support new wind energy and offset the electricity needed for the new Burgess Creek lift.

Library letting children pay for fines with food

Children with overdue fines at Bud Werner Memorial Library can "pay" off their fines during December while helping needy families by participating in the library's Food for Fines Program. For every item of nonperishable food children bring in to the library, the library will cancel about $1 of their overdue fines. All food will be donated to the LIFT-UP Food Bank. This program is for children 18 and younger only.

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