Idaho resort needs cheap fast food, local says |

Idaho resort needs cheap fast food, local says

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado

KETCHUM, Idaho ” Everybody’s complaining about high prices in the Wood River Valley.

The town manager in Ketchum, located at the foot of the Sun Valley ski area, is decamping for a similar job in Durango. He’s getting $153,000 a year, plus a generous retirement package and other benefits. He says it’s because he doesn’t think he can afford to retire in the Ketchum area, because of the cost of living.

In a letter published in the Idaho Mountain Express, Cindy Williams looks at things from the other end of the income spectrum. What the valley needs, she says, are more fast-food restaurants. It just has McDonalds and Subway, but it could use Taco Bell, KFC and a few others, she believes.

“This valley has its eyes closed to the middle and lower classes,” she says. “It seems people are only interested in keeping high-priced restaurants running in this valley.”

LEADVILLE” A drill platoon from the U.S. Marine Corps stopped in Leadville to shoot a commercial against the backdrop of the Sawatch Range, Colorado’s loftiest.

The Marines have also shot commercials at other “iconic sites, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Grand Canyon, as well as New York’s Time Square and the Independence Mall in Philadelphia.”

A spokesman, Sgt. Brian Griffith, told the Leadville Chronicle that the Marines hope to deepen their connection with Americans.

“You look around you and you see America ” the snow-capped mountains we all hear about. You see people who live the American lifestyle. You live the American dream. We’re here to protect it.”

About a third of Leadville residents commute an hour to two hours a day across the Continental Divide to work in Summit and Eagle counties, where Vail, Breckenridge and 4 other ski resorts are located.

SILVERTON, ” A proposal to ferry helicopters skiers from Telluride to ski the backcountry in nearby San Juan County doesn’t set well with some folks in Silverton.

“They are coming in from Telluride, paying $950 a day to ski on San Juan County snow, and they never really touch the ground,” said local resident Julie Singer.

The Silverton Standard notes that Helitrax wants authority to ferry 600 skiers a year on public land around Silverton. County commissioners believe the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has forged a good compromise, but think Helitrax should also pay an impact fee to San Juan County.

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