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Durango tops for cyber-cowboys

Allen Best

DURANGO – Durango is a “telecommuting heaven” says Fortune. Also in the magazine’s top 10 are two other ski towns: Sandpoint, Idaho, and Bend, Ore.Among the obvious attractions of the great outdoors in Durango is a decided indoor interest: eating. Durango, says the magazine, has almost as many restaurants in its downtown area, per capita, as San Francisco.Telluride veteran defends KerryTELLURIDE – This year’s presidential election has special reverberations in the mountain towns of the West. Dick Cheney has a home in Jackson Hole, while John Kerry hangs out at Sun Valley. And, it turns out, one of Kerry’s fellow sailors from Vietnam, Jim Russell, has been living in Telluride since the late 1970s.Russell, a restaurateur, was in the national news in August when he broke his self-imposed silence about Vietnam to defend Kerry’s version of events when his Swift boat came under attack. A group of Vietnam veterans who have ties to President Bush have questioned both Kerry’s injuries and also the danger he was in.”Anyone who doesn’t think that we were being fired upon must have been on a different river,” writes Russell in The Telluride Watch, recalling the events of March 13, 1969. “The picture I have in my mind of Kerry bending over from his boat picking some hapless guy out of the river while all hell was breaking loose around us is a picture based on fact, and it cannot be disputed or changed.”Russell descried the version disseminated by “Swift Boats Veterans for Truth” as an “evil extreme right-wing attack.”Fence may keep humans outCANMORE, Alberta By Colorado standards, developers in the Bow River Valley of Alberta have to jump through all manner of hoops in order to reduce their impact to wildlife species, many of which are in decline anyway.The extent of Canadian concerns is illustrated in a case reported by the Rocky Mountain Outlook. The newspaper reports that Michael Raine of Golder Associates has recommended that a development proposed for wildlife habitat be enclosed in a fence. “There are negative wildlife-human interactions occurring currently and the fencing will substantially reduce impacts of human use adjacent to the hamlet on surrounding wildlife habitat,” Raine states in his report.


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