Bad air spoils Marines’ birthday party |

Bad air spoils Marines’ birthday party

Allen Best

RED LODGE, Mont. – When the first people at a gathering celebrating the 230th birthday of the Marine Corps began to feel weak, woozy and irritable, they chalked it up to other reasons.Some thought it the consequence of the altitude of 5,500 feet. Others attributed it to lingering hangovers. Yet others thought it was from standing in formation too long. But when a Marine toppled over, they knew something was seriously wrong.Indeed it was. Quick-thinking Marine corpsman quickly suspected bad air. Later study revealed that a boiler in the lodge where the event was held was malfunctioning.People were rushed from the lodge, and altogether 42 people were hospitalized, although blood tests revealed carbon monoxide in 70 people. While some had not been there long enough to be affected, others had been there much of the day practicing for formal ceremonies.All in all, says the Carbon County News, it could have been much worse. Had people gone to bed before the poisoning was discovered, there could have been deaths. The boilers had been inspected as specified, although the Montana law does not require carbon monoxide detectors for boilers, reports the Billings Gazette.Telluride real estate up 22 percentTELLURIDE – Like everywhere else, the real estate market in the Telluride area has been dervish this year. Total sales are up 22 percent during the first nine months. While the lower and middle ends of the market were sizzling last year, the high-end buyers are notable this year. To wit, the average price of a residential lot in Telluride has gone from $686,000 last year to more than a million as of September.Meanwhile, Jackson Hole real estate agents are expecting to pop the $1 billion bubble, while Aspen-area agents expect to surpass $2 billion. The Eagle Valley, based on what happened last year in Vail, will probably go much higher yet.Resort studies need for retirement homeKETCHUM, Idaho – There’s plenty of cocktail-hour conversation in Ketchum, Sun Valley and other communities in the Wood River Valley about the need for a retirement and assisted-living facility. By next year, the Wood River Valley is projected to have 94 people who will be potential customers of a retirement home. Similar to the Vail Valley, where there is similar talk about the need for assisted-care living, the market is not strictly locals, but parents of locals. Vail, Colorado

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