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Banff mayor wants smoking ban

Allen Best

BANFF, Alberta Banff Mayor Dennis Shuler says he wants a ban on tobacco smoking in local establishments. He says the town would be a “lot better smoke-free.”



The mayor’s comment came after an appearance by Heather Row, a woman from the Northwest Territory who is terminally ill with lung cancer. A waitress for 40 years, her illness is attributed to second-hand cigarette smoke. She spoke in support of laws that would ensure smoke-free workplaces in Canada, reported the Banff Crag & Canyon.



Ketchum paper to publish twice a week

KETCHUM, Idaho The Idaho Mountain Express has begun twice-weekly publishing, a reflection of what publisher Pam Morris described as the “dynamic growth of the Wood River Valley.” The paper will be published on Wednesdays and Fridays.

“We are experiencing a transition in news that has been seen in other growing mountain resort communities in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah,” she explained.



In Colorado resort areas, there are two daily newspapers in Aspen, two in Summit County and one each in Steamboat, Telluride and Vail. In most cases, dailies dominate weeklies. In Jackson Hole, the weeklies have continued to prevail, but even the consistently award-winning Jackson Hole News & Guide is planning more emphasis on its daily editions. As such, that puts Jackson Hole at roughly the same economic bulk as Aspen in 1989.

Whistler group hoping to emulate Aspen

WHISTLER, B.C. While you can find somebody in a resort town almost every week exclaiming that they don’t want to become like Aspen, the Whistler Forum does want to be like Aspen the Aspen Institute.

The Aspen Institute was formed soon after World War II by Chicago businessman Walter Paepcke and his wife, Elizabeth. Paepcke thought that corporate leaders should be more involved in the affairs of society.

Attracting world leaders, poets and others, the Aspen Institute launched Aspen as a summer resort, and it continues to flavor Aspen’s summers, attracting Nobel Prize winners, Supreme Court justices, former presidents and others to talk, dissect and listen at community forums.

The Whistler Forum has started with much smaller ambitions, a monthly forum in which residents get together to talk about anything from same-sex marriages to skiing helmets. But Amy Margerum, executive director of the Aspen Institute – and the town’s former manager – told Whistlersites to think big. “You need the reputation, the brand, for people to have faith in the organization,” she said.

William Roberts, who spearheaded the Whistler initiative, says he and other organizers want the Whistler Forum to be rooted in local issues, building to global concerns or the opposite way the Aspen Institute started.


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