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Jackson lodges install CO2 alarms

Allen Best

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – Another case of carbon monoxide poisoning at a lodge, this time sending 11 people to the hospital, has caused the owner of that and other motels in Jackson Hole to install carbon monoxide alarms. Also fresh in the minds of hoteliers, notes the Jackson Hole News & Guide, is the carbon monoxide-caused death of a doctor at the base of the ski mountain in 2001. That led to a multimillion-dollar judgment against Vail Resorts, parent company of the lodge.

Three die after hitting trees at Jackson



JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. Three skiers died during January after hitting trees at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. One of the three victims was wearing a helmet.

All of the crashes, says the Jackson Hole News & Guide, came after a prolonged dry spell marked by temperatures consistently well below freezing. Much of the terrain at the resort, which is known for its steep and difficult runs, was covered with hard-packed and icy snow.



Wilderness advocates backed by business

SUN VALLEY, Idaho Proponents of expanded wilderness designation of public lands in Idaho have been drumming up support from businesses with the argument that wilderness is good business.



“Protecting wilderness is an important component of an economic strategy what will lead to a more diverse, more stable, and more prosperous local economy and a brighter future for Idaho children,” said Andy Munter, co-owner of Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum.

At issue, explains the Idaho Mountain Express, are roughly 500,000 acres of contiguous, road-free wildlands between Ketchum and the towns of Stanley and Chalis. The former is strongly dependent on recreation, but resident of the latter fervently believe in livestock and timber harvesting.

A compromise proposes to give these more traditional communities land allocated to industrial development in exchange for their acceptances of wilderness designation.

The wisdom of ‘infill’

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – In Jackson the converted continue to preach the virtues of infill development, otherwise known as density in lieu of sprawl.

A town planning commissioner, Greg Miles, recently attended a conference in Portland to study that city’s infill development. “What a cool town,” he reported upon returning. “Portland has fully embraced smart growth and green building techniques.”

All development, he explained, must go within a pre-determined boundary. The result: “The city ends, bingo. There’s a clear definite boundary.”

In November 62 percent of Jackson voters killed a higher density development for the town core, in part out of fears it would foster a more city-like atmosphere. However, opponents also noted that the increased density within the city was not coupled with a commitment from the county commissioners to put more of a lid on development beyond city limits.

Rebuffed by voters, Jackson town officials continue to attack the density issue from another perspective. They are now creating a rezoning that would allow smaller lot sizes. With smaller lot sizes, they argue, the city’s less wealthy can afford to have single-family homes as an alternative to condos. As is, the existing lots in the auto-urban residential zone are large enough, 7,500 square feet, to accommodate one primary and two accessory homes.

Michelle Pfeiffer buys near Kremmling

KREMMLING – Prices of ranch real estate are getting price in Colorado’s mountain parks. Along the Colorado River near Kremmling has hit $17,000. The town is located in a triangle of Summit County, Winter Park, and Steamboat Springs.

Meanwhile, another project in the Kremmling-Steamboat area that could be called fractional ranch ownership seems to be finding a comfortable niche. A former ranch of 100,000 acres or more located in an area that literally once was Zane Gray’s stomping grounds has been split off into smaller “designer” ranchers, but with a central ranch headquarters to do the real heavy-lifting of ranching operations Among the reported buyers is actress Michelle Pfeiffer.

Study finds North Lake Tahoe reliance on tourism

NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A study commissioned by the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association finds that Tahoe is more dependent on tourist dollars than several other mountain resorts. The $43,000 study, which was conducted by Dean Runyan Associates, an Oregon-based firm, compared Tahoe’s tourist industry with those in Truckee, Mammoth, Sun Valley, Park City, Aspen, and Vail.

The study, according to a report in the Tahoe World, found that North Tahoe has a higher percentage of vacation homes than any other of these resort areas – 55 percent, compared to 27 percent for Aspen and Vail. This latter figure is far less than the estimates by statisticians and demographers in Colorado.


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