Fires upset Banff tourism officials |

Fires upset Banff tourism officials

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

BANFF, Alberta “Three wildfires near the town of Banff in the past three years, one of them unnervingly close, have caused local fire managers to start plotting deliberate fires, to prevent out-of-control fire.

Parks Canada, which administers Banff National Park, is planning to burn 2,226 acres during the coming decades, most lasting or just a few hours over in spring months. Still, the idea of smoking up the Bow River Valley has some tourism officials sounding alarm bells, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

Smoke in the valley would be “disastrous for the tourism industry,” said Julie Canning, president and chief executive officer of Banff Lake Louise Tourism.

SILVERTON, Colorado ” Snowmobilers are mad ” a proposal being considered by U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for land between Silverton and Ouray calls for a prohibition of snowmobiles from a section of public lands southeast of Red Mountain Pass.

Observers say there has been a steep increase in use of the pass by snowmobilers in the last several years. In the last century, there were no virtually snowmobilers, and now there are many. Advances in snowmobile technology ” including lighter chassis, more powerful engines, and deeper paddles ” are allowing them to go where they previously could not go.

The Ouray Watch says snowmobilers are wondering why the land they can use is being reduced as the sport’s popularity grows. They also want to know how a ban will be enforced, but land managers don’t have answer to that question.

Skiers want “historic” use as the model for management.

“Historic use? This used to be Indian country. We ran them all out,” said one snowmobiler, with the royal “we” meaning all those who had followed ” skiers and snowmobilers.

Change, he seemed to be saying, is the norm.

LASSEN, Calif. – Would-be developers of a real-estate, golf, and ski resort northwest of Truckee have until April 8 to come up with the $16 million that would preclude foreclosure.

The Sierra Sun reports that financial troubles led the lender, California Mortgage and Realty, to issue a foreclosure sale notice originally slated for Feb. 4 to recoup nearly $16 million in debt.

Opponents of the project, who say it would sully a large undeveloped area, have been fighting the project for seven years.

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