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(CRESTED BUTTE, Colorado. July 22, 2004) Crested Butte prides itself for being laid back and earthy. The only traces of past mining that built the town are antiques and buildings built during the mining booms. Townspeople are suspicious of mining giant Phelps Dodge purchase of 500 acres of patented mining claims on the top of the Mount Emmons outside of town. The fear is that the mining company may mine molybdenum on the Red Lady (the locals name for the mtn.) and destroy the scenery and serenity of the town. ( Photo by DENNIS SCHROEDER/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)

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