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NHL-sized rink open in Telluride

Allen Best

TELLURIDE – After eight years of putting together the pieces, Telluride now has a 26,000-square-foot indoor ice rink. Pushing the size of the rink to National Hockey League standards increased the costs of construction to $3 million. Local governments paid part of the cost, but nonprofits were also tapped, and ice enthusiasts themselves passed the hat. Still to come, as money becomes available, are housing for the Zamboni, and restrooms, reports the Telluride Watch.Bruce Willis offers land for airportHAILEY, Idaho – The actor Bruce Willis is offering to donate land for a new airport to service the Ketchum-Sun Valley area, but perhaps not incidentally the airport would also serve to boost business at a small ski area called Soldier Mountain that he operates.The 1,000 acres Willis apparently is offering is located near the small town of Fairfield, a 45-minute or less drive to Ketchum. The existing airport, located in Hailey, is much closer to the ski slopes of Mt. Baldy, but it cannot be expanded without taking out residential acres, and a newer and heavier generation of private airplanes cannot use it. As such, the Federal Aviation Administration has basically ordered the community to find a new airport site.After studying many sites, the task force has reduced the list to five, including one generally in the area where Willis is offering his land. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that Willis was at a recent task force meeting, wearing a gray knit ski cap pulled tightly down on his head. Rising from a seat in the last row in the room, he introduced himself: “I’m Bruce Willis, part-time actor and father of three children.”The mayor of the nearby town, David Hanks, said local residents were in a “mixed mood” about the possibility of a large airport next door. The town does not seem remotely prepared for an economic boomlet that may be coming.Several people interviewed by the Idaho Mountain Express say that Willis seems committed to developing the Soldier Mountain ski operation, whose biggest year occurred 30 years ago. Since Willis got the ski area permit six years ago, the largest use was last year, with 10,932 visits. However, a season pass costs only $350 compared to $1,850 at Sun Valley.Vail Colorado

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