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25-mph speed limit big deal in Idaho

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

By Allen Best

Special to the Daily

HAILEY, Idaho ” Eighteen miles downvalley from the resort towns of Ketchum and Sun Valley, authorities in Hailey have posted a speed limit of 25 mph on the highway through the town. This is the same highway that connects Ketchum/Sun Valley with the outside world.

Town authorities say the slower speed limit was posted to improve safety, not to inconvenience commuters or tourists

But an Idaho state legislator is so annoyed he intends to sponsor legislation that would remove authority from towns for setting the speed limits of highways that run through them. He, and many others, think the speed limit should be increased.

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Judging by the comments blogged on the Idaho Mountain Express Web site, this is a very, very important issue to the locals.

“The only thing they are protecting are the drunks stumbling from one bar to another across the highway,” wrote one blogger. “Bellevue has always marched to the beat of a different drummer,” said another blogger scornfully. “Get a life ” aren’t there more important things to worry about?” questioned another.

REVELSTOKE, B.C. ” The anxiety of change continues in Revelstoke, where the big, new ski area is to open at Christmas.

Even before the ski area plans were completed, Revelstoke had begun to attract urban refugees. Now, rents are rising rapidly, anywhere from 50 percent to 100 percent, according to the laments at a special meeting called Renter’s Voice.

“There’s a lot of pain, a lot of anxiety, and quite a bit of anger” in the community, said Brian Summer, a social worker who organized the meeting.

“If we turn this town into a Whistler or Canmore, I don’t think I’ll be able to live here,” said Tom Dickson.

David F. Rooney, editor of the Revelstoke Times Review, observes a “kind of social Darwinism ” think of it as survival of the richest ” at work here.” He adds: “And if we’re not very, very careful, the town and community we love so much will be gone forever … replaced by people for whom this is just a nice place to spend a few months of the year.”

Writing from Salt Lake City, George Ott warns Revelstoke that it may become like Park City. His experience there, circa 1979, was of a place with “no traffic lights, and when the ski season ended the town rolled up the sidewalks and went elsewhere for 6 or 7 months of the year.

“Life was good, the snow was deep, and rent was cheap. Hindsight being what it is, the only thing I would change is I would have bought more property earlier.”

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