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Mayor vows to educate snowmobilers

Allen Best

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS, Colo. – The town of Hot Sulphur Springs has a new mayor, Clint Roberts, and he promises to “educate” snowmobilers. Roberts tell the Sky-Hi News of complaints that snowmobile riders joyriding in the town are disrupting the general peace, to the point that children are unable to take afternoon naps.While town code allows people to ride their snowmobiles to and from their town, “It doesn’t say you can ride your snowmobile around in circles on the streets or in the parks,” he said.Roberts also tells the newspaper that Hot Sulphur Springs, which is located between Winter Park and Steamboat Springs, will be asking voters for the authority to pave the streets. However, there appears to be no danger of stoplights anytime soon.The town, which has about 350 people, was the site of one of the first ski carnivals in the West.Direct flights not just four touristsJACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – While the direct flight programs in resort towns of the West are strongest during ski season, a real estate insert in the Jackson Hole News & Guide also makes clear that it’s not just tourists who use the jets. Reliable, year-round air service is also crucial to selling homes.”Truly, you can make the case that from a homebuyer’s standpoint, this is a big selling point,” says Mike Gierau, chairman of JH Air, a not-for-profit that uses subsidies to nurture and sustain Jackson Hole’s air service. The subsidy is currently $1.06 million.A central goal of the program has been to boost year-round activity. “Two years ago, most airlines stopped coming after Labor Day,” Gierau says. “Each day past Sept. 15 helps visitors, but it really helps the locals. There’s not a large visitor rush in November, but it’s the time a lot of locals go on vacation. Second-home owners and other local folks now have more choices.”Jackson, Teton County and the state governments chip in on the subsidies, but three-quarters of the money comes from businesses. Those businesses include the three ski resorts in and near Jackson Hole and the central reservations agency, but also realty agencies. Sotheby’s International Realty chipped in more than $30,000.


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