ELF claims torching of lumberyard
SALT LAKE CITY – The Earth Liberation Front the same group that claimed responsibility for setting fires that caused $12 million in damage to structures atop Vail Mountain in 1998 – has claimed responsibility for setting fire to a suburban lumberyard. The fire caused $1.5 million damage. A fax sent to a radio station said the lumberyard was targeted because it had ignored warnings to repair forklifts that emitted more pollution than diesel engines. The initials “ELF” were sprayed on the side of a building at the lumberyard and on a truck, reported The Associated Press.ELF, a loosely organized group of militant environmental activists, generally communicates with the media through e-mail. The FBI says that ELF has caused more than $10 million in damage since 1996.N.Y. surgeon gets dibs at Four SeasonsWHISTLER, B.C. – Jackson Hole got one last Thanksgiving. Whistler now has one. And Vail may well get one in a couple of years.The one, in this case, is a Four Seasons hotel, which seems to rival the Ritz-Carlton in the luxury department.In Whistler, the 242-room hotel is the 63rd in the Four Seasons chain. The brand loyalty, reports Pique newsmagazine, is such that several customers traveled to Whistler in hopes of being the first customer. Getting first dibs on the digs was Dr. Jerome Klein, a plastic surgeon who lives in New York but spends a lot of time at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles.Pique questioned why a new hotel would be opened when destination travel is down. A Four Season representative said existence of a Four Seasons draws visits to a resort, instead of depending upon existing business.The architecture and design of the resort were inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, with exterior colors and finishes chosen to blend in with the natural environment. The hotel is filled with art from British Columbia. There is also an all-year outdoor pool built to resemble a mountain lake and three Jacuzzis. The hotel restaurant is called The 5280 Bistro and Bar, named for the vertical drop on Blackcomb Mountain.