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Meteorologist says cooler, wetter closer to normal

Allen Best

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. Weather in much of the West was cool and wet during June, dramatically unlike the 90-degree weather that started summers for the last several years.Cooler and wetter is more “normal” than hot and dry, meteorologist Jim Woodmency told the Jackson Hole News and Guide. “This May and June were closer to what it’s normally like,” he said. “It’s all those warmer Mays and Junes we remember because we just had three or four of them in a row. That’s abnormal.”In fact, July 4 in 1993 was decidedly wet, with snow common in ski towns across the West. The Tetons got a full foot out of that storm and seven feet during the month of July that year.

CANMORE, Alberta Hotels and other service-oriented businesses in the Banff-Canmore area are upping the ante in an effort to retain employees. The efforts would seem to shadow what Aspen, Vail, and other, larger resorts were doing 10 to 20 years ago.The Rocky Mountain Outlook points to Canmore’s Drake Inn, which this year purchased a house to accommodate employees. Employees also are regularly given tickets to see Calgary Flames hockey games. Another upscale hotel, the Rimrock, also offers reduced-rate ski packages as well as day-long hikes and tours as a way of drawing workers into the valley’s lifestyle. This is in contrast with the former policy, which was to require employees to relinquish half of their tips until the end of their six-month term. But that strategy failed to hold employees. Meanwhile, Caribou Properties, which owns a number of hotels, restaurants and commercial buildings in Banff, believes that making new employees feel like they are part of something bigger is the real secret to retaining employees. “As a company we try to explain to our employees that they can build a career here and do quite well,” said Justin Burwach, director of finance for Caribou. “We focus on things that make Banff a community.”Caribou renovated a 20-unit condo complex, offering to sell the condos to employees, matching whatever down-payment the buyer could make. Three employees took advantage of the offer.”If they put down $20,000 we would match that and they wouldn’t have to repay anything for 10 years,” says Burwach. “The idea was that after 10 years there would be enough equity built up that they could just go back to the bank and pay it back.”

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