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Cowboys go to China to talk tourism

Allen Best

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo.- Several people from Jackson Hole are among a delegation from Wyoming visiting the Shanxi province of China to talk about clean energy and tourism.Wyoming and Shanxi have much in common, as both are regions where a great deal of coal is mined. That’s a problem no matter where you are on the planet, because coal, when it is burned, is a major contributor to carbon dioxide, one of the key greenhouse gases that is causing global warming. But Shanxi is responsible for a fifth of the world’s total emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas with 27 times the potency of carbon dioxide.In addition, says the Jackson Hole News & Guide, the delegation will look at opportunities to help China develop tourism. The visit is the outcome of a conference hosted last winter by Jackson Hole’s new Center for Global Affairs.Builders come together GUNNISON COUNTY – Twenty-three building contractors from Crested Butte and Gunnison have formed a local chapters of the National Association of Homebuilders. Joe Puchek, president of the group, said group members want a professional organization that can act as a voice of the construction industry. “Our concerns need to be addressed – county politics, land-use issues, county issues,” he told the Crested Butte news. Among the projects targeted by the group is a better way for recycling building materials.Intrawest acquires stake in adventure-travel firmVANCOVUER, B.C. – Intrawest has acquired a strategic equity interest in the Abercrombie & Kent Group of companies, described in press release as the world’s leading luxury adventure-travel company. Joe Houssian, Intrawest’s chairman, president, and CEO, described it as a “natural fit for our company and our customers.” The goal, company executives say, is to provide existing and potential customers of both companies with a greater awareness of desirable vacation experiences in destinations around the globe. Abercrombie & Kent plans to use Intrawest’s technological services and database capabilities to increase revenue and decrease costs.

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