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Mountain Town News: briefs from the High Country

Allen Best
Allen Best

FRASER, Colo. ” It may be the 21st century, but Fraser still feels like a town of the 1960s or 1970s. Some streets in this town located five miles from the Winter Park ski area remain unpaved, and dogs still have a reputation for roaming free.

But that reputation is now being examined in the wake of the shooting of a 50-pound boxer named Angel. Two Jehovah’s Witnesses had been walking door-to-door when the dog, baring its teeth, charged them.

Responding to their call for help, the police chief found a growling and barking dog, its ears laid back, running hard at him. He shot it with his handgun just before it reached him, saying he was “scared.”

The Winter Park Manifest reported some outrage. Neighbors described the 12-year-old dog, which was pregnant, as “a real sweetheart.” Said one long-time local, “This is Fraser. This is where dogs run all the time.”

But a different perspective was offered at a community meeting. One resident reported having been bitten three times by dogs. Another resident complained about the amount of dog-doo in local playgrounds. And at least parent, who has two small children, said the lovable Angel described by its owners as “our little baby girl” had, in fact, chased him.

While the town board announced a “paradigm shift,” it took no formal action. The news was reported under the headline: “No longer a dog heaven?”

WHISTLER, B.C. – Newspapers in all mountain towns, whether new or old, have their fair share of snippy letters. The sourness seems to reach a peak in spring, when winter is still fighting with summer for supremacy.

A case in point are the letters in Whistler’s Pique in early May.

“This place stinks,” says one Andrew Carrigan. “It is full of high-minded people with no grounding in reality.”

He goes on to say that the goal of sustainability, which is hoisted often in Whistler, is a ‘joke that must end.”

Employee housing is a good idea, he added, but a reality no one is willing to deliver. And then there’s what he calls the rah-rah-rah cheers of the management robots.

“Empty promises about a lifestyle that Whistler can no longer deliver,” he concludes.

Vail Colorado

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