Ski area possible in range near Salt Lake
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah A new ski area is being considered, if ever so tentatively, in the Oquirrh Mountain Range southwest of Salt Lake City.Kennecott Land, which also owns a huge open-pit copper mine carved out of the range, is planning how it wants to develop its 93,000 acres. The Park Record reports that Kennecott staff members say that the Oquirrh Range will be opened up as never before to skiing, hiking, camping and mountain biking. Studies are being conducted to determine whether the Oquirrhs have enough snow to support the ski area.Ketchum mayor mum on particulars of bankruptcyKETCHUM, Idaho Ever had to file for bankruptcy? The mayor of Ketchum, who was going into this week seeking reelection, has but he says he can’t fully remember the circumstances.”It was 21 years ago,” Ed Simon told the Idaho Mountain Express. “It was a long time ago. I do a lot of things differently now.”Simon’s opponent, Randy Hall, also had financial troubles when he closed his restaurant three years ago, but did not file for bankruptcy. Instead, he negotiated a $95,000 federal tax lien, of which all but $5,000 was paid.Taco Bell exempted from sign code’s earthy mandateTRUCKEE, Calif. Truckee has a strict sign code that requires earth tone color. So, when Taco Bell came in with wood signs featuring the fast food company’s purple and magenta colors, the local planning commission said no way. But the town council used its prerogative and overruled the planning commission, reports the Sierra Sun. Town officials also noted that the Taco Bell now being built for Truckee has been tailored specifically for the town.Whistler hoping early start is omen for yearWHISTLER, B.C. After a bad, bad winter last season, in which it rained for most of January in Whistler, the resort is out of the gate early this winter. With good snows in October, Blackcomb Mountain opened the first weekend in November, three weeks early.It’s an expensive proposition, resort officials said, with little revenue from mostly local skiers applied against the considerable cost of operations. The main value is in the publicity, and after last season, Whistler figures it needs to gamble.Other ski areas in British Columbia were happy enough to give Blackcomb bragging rights about first opening, reports Pique. ” … as Whistler goes, so goes the industry to a certain degree,” said Steven Threndyle, media relations officer for Silver Star and Big White, resorts in the interior of British Columbia.