Idaho sheep fest goes international |

Idaho sheep fest goes international

Allen Best

To that end, among the artists at the festival were a group of Peruvian musicians called Latino X. Also scheduled to entertain were the Polish Highlanders of North America, a Chicago-based group that performs music and dance from the Tatra Mountains of southern Poland.

Some courses going strictly private

SUN VALLEY, Idaho – The Elkhorn Golf Club, which was built in the 1970s, is getting a $6 million facelift, including replacement of all 18 greens. In the process, the course is going private, with 100 of the 255 memberships being reserved for future property owners in a townhouse development being planned.

This news does not set well with the Idaho Mountain Express. With this change, only one of the five golf courses in the Wood River Valley will be available for general public play, which the newspaper believes will “rip a gaping hole in the area’s recreational constellation.”

Banff planning fire “moat”

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BANFF, Alberta – Banff escaped fires last summer that elsewhere in the Canadian Rockies destroyed nearly 250 homes in Kelowna. But with those memories still crisp, council members in Banff are calling for a combination of mechanical thinning and prescribed burns that will create a major moat around the town.

“Not 100 feet, not 1,000 feet, but we need to take about five kilometers (3.1 miles). I’m talking about a very extensive fireguard,” said Bob Haney, a councilman. “I’m not talking about cutting everything down, but I am talking about significantly reducing fuel.”

The Rocky Mountain Outlook explains that last summer, the driest in the Canadian Rockies since 1936, the town hastily assembled an evacuation plan. Had a fire roared into the town, people would have been directed to safer areas, including the greens of a golf course. The town also inventoried the most at-risk buildings, finding 268 homes on the south side that have cedar shake roofs and extensive combustible siding.

Haney proposes that the work be a shared cost between the town and Parks Canada, which administers the adjoining land.

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